I often come across things people say about God, and I keep a Top Ten List of those that seem the most absurd.
I read something this morning that I’m pretty sure is gonna make it into my Top Ten.
The statement was: “God doesn’t give you the people you want, he gives you the people you need. To help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to make you the person you were meant to be.”
First off, the part of the statement that reads “God doesn’t give you the people you want” is an insult. It might as well be translated as follows, “You are not capable of determining what is good for you. Anything you want is childish and bad. God knows better than to listen to your foolish and silly needs and desires.”
Secondly, God does not send people into your life to hurt you. The pain we inflict upon one another in this world is the result of spiritual ignorance. The idea that God sends hurtful and abusive people into our lives to teach us something or make us grow is not true, and absurd. I certainly hope that all the adult survivors of child abuse, of which I am one, don’t happen across the above statement.