My sister and I talked via text a few days ago, since I had no power and my phone was out. I got the very sad news that her old dog had died (a rescue dog my awesome sister adopted a few years ago, and who quickly became beloved; she was a sweetie). My nephew is in camp for much of June and July, but when the dog died, it happened to be during the one week he was home for a break.
My sister texted me, "God is good." Then she proceeded to tell me how wonderful it was that the dog died when my nephew just happened to be on his break from camp. And, apparently, God made that possible. It was so heartwarming, it gave me a warm fuzzy. God decided to have the dog die during the week my nephew was home, so he could say goodbye. My sister really, truly meant that God made that happen.
My sister also described the horrible seizure this dog went through, and its screams as it seized. Having some medical training, she gave it some stuff to stop the seizures while managing not to asphyxiate the poor thing. She told me my nephew was horrified by seeing the agony his dog went through. After my sister stopped the screaming and seizures, the dog died before they could get it to the vet. But God is good. My nephew witnessed this because God was good. and it traumatized him.
Yep, God is sure good. Animal torture is something we can all approve of, right? The dog hadn't sinned, so why did it suffer so? Not only that, but only a sadistic god would be so horrible as to let his human children witness the suffering of their beloved dog, who they'd taken care of when it was abandoned, and expect the humans to be grateful for the wonderful timing instead of being traumatized. Yet my sister is grateful!
Why do fundamentalists give credit to god for good things, while completely closing their minds to the bad things? If my sister truly thinks God made sure her son was home to say goodbye to the dog, that means her God made the dog suffer and made her son traumatized by it. I don't know - maybe the dog suffered to pay for my sister's sins. How can anyone give a god credit for what they think are positive things, without giving it credit for the negative things? Either your god causes both good and bad things, or it doesn't have any influence at all.
I will never understand how those who believe in an interventionary god don't hate it for what it causes. If I believed in a god, I'd have to believe it didn't mess with our lives - otherwise, it's just a monster. It doesn't work both ways.