On Sunday I found out from my mother that my step father, who is only 52 years old, had to go into the hospital again yesterday for a heart cath, because he failed a stress test again. He previously a few years ago, failed one and had to have a couple stents inserted into his arteries. This time they were saying that he might even have to undergo open heart surgery for a bypass operation. They told him that when he woke up from the heart cath he would either have more stents in his heart or he would be waking up from open heart surgery. We were all obviously very worried about him.
Yesterday around 11am, I talk to my mother and find out that it's been a miracle. Two of his arteries were around 35% blocked and did not require either stents or a bypass operation. They did find some minor damage to his heart from a previous unknown heart attack but they said it was not a big deal. They told him that he is going to HAVE to lose weight but he should be ok.
But my question involved the so called miracle. My mother said that he was on a whole lot of prayer lists. Christians say these things so matter of factly that I wonder if they even think about the implications of what they say and so I have a few questions for the religious right.
1. Is it really solely because of all the prayer lists that my step father did so well on his heart cath?
2. Does this not imply that God does not care about anyone personally, unless other people care about you?
3. Does this not also imply that not only must they care about you but they must pray to the right God and in the right manner?
4. If he was not on any prayer lists, would God have withhel the so called miracle?
5. Does this mean that people who are lonely and by themselves in the world, with no one to care for them or about them ,are not worthy of God's miracles because they aren't on anyone's prayer lists?
6. What about those who ARE on prayer lists yet nevertheless do not experience God's miracles? Does this mean that God REALLY does not care about them, despite all the people who do?
I think this whole business about miracles and praying for them is just pure hogwash. If he would have had to have open heart surgery they would just as easily have chalked it up to God's will. Either way, they win, either it's God's will or it's a miracle. No outcome would cause them to doubt God's presence in their lives in the least.
Everytime I hear an accident victim on television talk about the fact that they believe it was a miracle from God that they survived, or that God or his angels were watching out for them, I literally cringe inside. It all seems arrogant to me in the highest. What about the other people who didn't survive? Were they all of them non-Christians? Does God really only answer the prayers of the righteous? The Bible says that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, so what's all this business about praying for miracles?