Tell that to the babies with extended bellies in African nations the scourge of tribal warlords, drought, famine, and a world that sees no "strategic" importance in coming to their aid.
A waste of breath, James, and you know it as well as I do. The people who say shit like my quote above either have no concept of what real hardship is or they conveniently ignore or dismiss it. They're comfortable in their own little bubble, and they want to keep it that way.
Great thing to bring up, Loren. I wonder how many theists actually know that the scripture only addresses temptation. Or maybe they simply thought Job was the most famous masochist in human history?
He was at that. But I have seen strict adherence to faith create the most obscene humans, like the adolescent boy on a local bus in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico one time I visited: at each street corner, he gave the sign of the cross with great ostentation and earnestness, and the more I watched him, the more I caught him doing it not just at the intersections, but habitually. Like over and over and over. He's clearly obsessive-compulsive, and I have to wonder what his Catholic upbringing had to do with the obsession. All believers are the prisoners of their faith.
Sounds bizarre. Call me ignorant, narrow-minded, rude, etc - but I probably would have been pretty ill at ease with a fellow like that. I'll move up 5 rows on the bus, thanks.
Not so long ago, I saw a man in my city walking outside the bank. All at once, he immediately stopped dead in his tracks, dropped face first on the pavement, and began praying. He stood and dropped several times, raising his arms periodically. It was interesting to see someone so devout that they clearly had no concerns with looking like a crazy person, which he most certainly did.