27 February 2011

Divine Plan... Really?

I have three sisters.  All of us have divergent religious ideologies.  Kaye (the oldest) is Wiccan.  Shannon (next after me) is kind of ambiguous.  I think she mentioned Buddhism at one time.  Erin (the youngest and Shannon's twin) is Christian.

Last night Shannon, who is 21 weeks pregnant, went to the ER because she started bleeding.  The outlook doesn't look good.  She's fully dilated and it doesn't seem as if there's anything the doctors could do to halt the labor.

She and her boyfriend have been keeping the family up to date on the situation through posts on Twitter and Facebook.  The rest of us have been reposting these updates for the benefit of other family members.  As can be expected, there have been replies from friends along the line of "I'm praying for your sister and the baby" or "You and your family are in my thoughts."  These kinds of comments don't bother me.  What gets me is when the Evangelicals on Erin's wall start stating things like "I agree we don't know HIS plan we just have to trust HIS plan."

Divine plan?  Really?  What part could the death of a 21-week old fetus possibly have to play in ANY plan - divine or other?  And don't give me that "God needs another angel" bullshit.  I would prefer to have a healthy, active nephew, thank you very much.

And then there's my sister.  She's not exactly out of the woods yet.  While she's in a pretty good hospital (from what I understand), complications could set in that threaten her life as well.  While I'm not exactly close to my family, I don't want any of them dead, either.

Is there really any wonder why I'm not a Christian?

1 comment:

  1. First of all, I'm sorry for the ordeal your entire family is going through. I can't imagine. I passed the stage long ago of being bothered by the beliefs of those around me. Instead, I've simply chosen to accept that some people cannot function without having something of that calibre to believe it. I wouldn't begrudge the ones I love that comfort.

    However, all that tolerance goes out the window in situations like the one you described. There was no greater insult to the death of my father or other significant tragedies than to be told that it was "his will". Makes my blood boil to this day, even when I witness that sort of warped attempt at comfort in situations that have nothing to do with me.

    I'm thinking of your sister, and of her child and all that love them and have a vested interest in a positive outcome. Be well.