A Pastor walks by one of his church members and the following conversation is observed.
Pastor: Hey brother, I hear good news about your mom, eh?
Brother: Yes it was. She is doing much better now. Thanks.
Pastor: That’s good to hear. God answered that prayer didn’t he?
So here’s what I want to know. What if the mom in question wasn’t doing better? What if the worst had happened and she had died? If this had occurred would the pastor and church member assume that God did not answer the prayer? Actually, couldn’t you assume if she had died that God in some way wanted her to die or in effect was a part of the cause? Or does God only get credit if the outcome is positive? Why don’t we credit God with the bad outcomes?
No, I suspect that if the outcome would have been negative the pastor would have said something like, “It must have been her time”, or an even more generous spin that says “God must have wanted her in heaven with him.”
So why is it that God always comes out looking like the hero and not the villian in all of this?