When God Hands You Lemons

…have a big glass of Pope-lemonade!

Pope Benedict XVI blessed a group of children with disabilities Saturday and told them it was a special joy to spend time with them.

He spoke at Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, just a few miles north of New York.

“Sometimes, it is challenging to find a reason for what appears only as a difficulty to be overcome or even pain to be endured,” the pope told the children and their caregivers.

“God has blessed you with life and with differing talents and gifts. Through these, you are able to serve him and society in various ways.”

Yes, it certainly is challenging when one is taught that “God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and – oh yeah – love too.” His idea of love and mine would appear to be at significant odds.

Next year, instead of a card and cooking a nice dinner, maybe I’ll get my wife a debilitating disease for her birthday.

Can you feel the love tonight?

11 Responses to “When God Hands You Lemons”

  1. Chris Says:

    I’m not a Catholic, nor do I support the pope in any way. I do however disagree with these sarcastic comments. It’s easy to blame God for everything bad that happens, but people forget what the Word teaches about the consequences of our actions affecting those around us especially our children. Not that anyone deserves to be born with a disability, but to say that God is to blame is ignorance concerning spiritual matters. The truth is that our sin will affect our kids regardless of their innocence, the same way that a person that is addicted to crack can pass that on to their child, or someone with hiv. Is that God’s fault? We each have free will and need to look deeper into things… The pope should have prayed for those kids in Jesus name and manifested God’s healing power right there! Too bad though, thats why people continue to leave comments like that, because there is too much talk and not enough power!

  2. andy Says:

    It’s easy to blame a God that is supposedly all-powerful, all-knowing, and the origin of love. The maker of the universe, who knew that man would sin and the horrible repercussions of that decision (if you believe the story), still went ahead and made it anyway, so – yes – he is to blame.

    That said, I’m sure that praying for healing would have done just as much good as the blessing.

  3. Sher Says:

    The Bible assures us that “God is love.” (1 John 4:8). So why would a loving God permit suffering? The Bible shows that Satan is the root cause of human suffering. 1 John 5:19 “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.

    It just makes sense people. Look it up its right there.

  4. andy Says:

    Except for that little problem of God making Satan knowing full well what would happen (again, if you believe the myth). So, sorry, still God’s fault. Absolute certainty and omnipotence make one responsible for everything in some way.

  5. Sher Says:

    Bible lays down the principle that all of God’s works are perfect and that all of his intelligent creatures are endowed with FREE WILL. (Deuteronomy 30:19; 32:4; Joshua 24:15; 1 Kings 18:21) The spirit person who became Satan must, therefore, have been created perfect and must have deviated from the way of truth and righteousness by deliberate choice.—John 8:44; James 1:14, 15. In the garden of Eden, Satan insinuated that God was depriving the first human couple of something to which they had a right and upon which their well-being depended. (Genesis 3:1-5) He succeeded in causing Adam and Eve to rebel against God’s righteous sovereignty, bringing sin and death upon them and their descendants. (Genesis 3:6-19; Romans 5:12) Once again the Bible shows that Satan is the root cause of human suffering. Don’t be so negative, do a little research.

  6. andy Says:

    How do perfect beings decide to be imperfect of their own accord? If having the ability to choose imperfection is part of being perfect, then how can that choice be imperfect? It’s a logical circle that, like much of religious nonsense, answers absolutely nothing.

    P.S. You do realize the Bible is just made up stories, right?

  7. Sher Says:

    Well it really seems you are very knowledgeable of God and his qualities. Remember, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and told them what would happen. So it was their choice.

    So what about prophecies we defiantly see the history. But the Bible also foretells for “the final age of this world” these things: “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages.” In addition, “there will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another pestilences.”—Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:11. I think we are seeing those today.

    I don’t think these are stories are just made up for nothing. The Bible is a force for good. It enables lovers of God to bring their life in harmony with his will and to find happiness in “walking in the law of God.” (Psalm 119:1) No matter what our circumstances, the Bible contains the direction and counsel that we need.

  8. andy Says:

    Well it really seems you are very knowledgeable of God and his qualities.

    I can also tell you all sorts of things about the cows in The Far Side.

    Remember, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and told them what would happen. So it was their choice.

    As it was the choice of the cow to reveal himself as the person who crashed the tractor, despite no one thinking a cow would do such a thing. Fiction is neat like that.

    So what about prophecies we defiantly see the history.

    I think you nailed it: you defiantly see prophecies. Despite all evidence to the contrary, all reasoning aside, you still cling to these stories as if they mean anything.

    But the Bible also foretells for “the final age of this world” these things: “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages.”

    Crikey, you’re right – the world’s never been at war (excluding the last two world wars, and all those other slow burn conflicts that have raged for years and decades elsewhere).

    Food shortages? I suppose it depends on where you live. I have a full pantry, thanks. Starving kids in Africa haven’t for decades. Somewhere in the middle float millions of others. On the whole, though, the global standard of living is far beyond anything it has ever been (thanks to science, mind you, not religion).

    In addition, “there will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another pestilences.”—Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:11. I think we are seeing those today.

    Holy crap! You mean to tell me there were earthquakes in the midwest along a very known fault line? Next you’ll tell me that a hurricane is going to hit the East Coast sometime!

    I don’t think these are stories are just made up for nothing.

    So, does that mean (a) you think they are made up but with a reason behind them or that (b) you think they are made up but have lots of reasons to think so? Either way, that sentence means you don’t think they are real.

    The Bible is a force for good.

    No, it’s not. It calls for all sorts of moral atrocities. Sue me if I don’t think killing gays or back-talking children is really fair. Forgive me if I think wearing mixed fibers is ok. I apologize for thinking adulterers are just humans like the rest of us and should be allowed their private (no pun intended) affairs. No, the Bible is an aspiring-to-be-hopeful story forever marred by its fetid immorality.

    I’ll pass, thanks!

  9. andy Says:

    P.S. Sher – I realize I’m rather… uh… blunt, but feel free to stick around and have your say on whatever. :-)

  10. Sher Says:

    No, thank you. I think I will pass. I will keep on my way and you keep on your way. I don’t know why I bother.

    But you are a very interesting person.

    Take care,
    Sher

  11. andy Says:

    Because you’re called to spread the Good News. 😉

    Have a good day!

Leave a Reply