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May 26, 2011

Tragedy and Belief

by juju2112

The death of a child can cause incredible emotional pain. My deepest sympathies go out to this woman and her husband. My first thought was that I shouldn’t discuss this, because it’s too emotionally painful for the parents. However, I found myself thinking about what the woman said hours later, and that’s usually a good sign that I should post about my thoughts. Also, this is very convincing evidence for a lot of people that God is real and active in our lives. It’s also being used by a church to promote belief in God. So, what the heck.

When doctors keep a baby alive that’s only 25 weeks along, that’s not a miracle. It’s just something really amazing that science did. A miracle would be if Benny Hinn brought Abraham Lincoln back to life. I’m not a doctor, but if this had been a home birth, I doubt the baby would have survived past childbirth. Why? Because doctors wouldn’t have been there to save it. So, here again, we have science doing something and God being credited for it. When will God do something that science or random chance can’t do?

This is made even more strange by the fact that the baby ends up dying. Now, yes, it’s an incredibly horrible thing to happen. It’s possibly the most horrible thing a person can go through. So, why would God perform the “miracle” of saving a baby’s life only to then take its life 4 months later? It doesn’t make any sense. What possible motivation or life lesson could there be from something like this?

The truth is, in a world with no God, really horrible, unthinkable things happen every day. That’s why it’s important to cherish each moment you have alive on this Earth. It’s up to us to make this world a better place. It’s up to us to reduce suffering and raise the level of compassion. There’s no one up there in the skies helping us make it happen. We have to take action to make this world a better place.

If you’d like to take action to help make this world a better place, you could make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Help empower doctors to have the tools they need to do their jobs. It’s a lot more effective that prayer.

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