Scotties Toy Box

May 9, 2018

They are everywhere, they walk among us

Filed under: Atheism, My Life and Rants, Questions, Reason, Religion, Youth — Tags: , — Scottie @ 15:48

So on my way home after getting my stitches out of my mouth ( for the second time ) I stopped at the grocery store down the street from our home for a few items.  We shop there often and are recognized by the people working there.   I had passed the manager a few times and joked with him.  We both happened to be at the egg display case at the same time and I found a case of eggs with a few broken ones.   I gave the case to the manager.   I then checked another one and it also had broken ones, and I gave these to the manager also.  He was trying to take the broken ones out and get a full unbroken case and at that point a young store worker I had not seen before stopped by us.   I told the manager that three weeks ago I had checked a case of eggs, turned to put them into the cart, and hit the handle.  At that point the eggs flew out of my hands and flipped three times in the air, landing in the cart right side up.   Not a single egg got broken.  When I finished the young teen / adult boy spoke up and told me and the manager ” That was god Sir”, he blurted out.  “It was God, it had to be, only God could have kept them from breaking”.  Then as I just stared at him and the manager was also less than pleased he continued again with his lesson to us about the egg saving grace of his God, “God is with us, he is with you Sir, God is all around us and …”.   Noticing the manager was now giving him a very icy stare the young man began walking away.  As he departed I could hear him finish his joyful telling me about how God was with me.   The Manger turned to me and I shrugged while mentioning I had not known God was so good at designing styrofoam egg cases.    He laughed and I went on my way.  I wonder if that boy will be getting a talking to about telling people about his god while at work.  I felt bad for the boy really.  He honestly felt a deity had intervened to save the eggs I was buying but the boy never thought about the  kids his God lets starve and be raped.  The look on the boys face as he was telling us about his god was so happy.  I wonder, what happens when the light comes on , when that boy’s god fails him?  It seems cruel to me to teach young people to have that faith over reason.   Even though I live in the southern USA in a state known for its churches and religious fanatics, I was still stunned to see this.   What has education become in our country, this young man was praising his God and telling me he protected my possible eggs purchase but the boy was not thinking of the human engineers who worked on the packaging nor the many far more important things his God should have been doing and did not do.   Any thoughts?  Hugs

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  1. Oh my! The magnificent things “God” can do! But doesn’t …

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    Comment by Nan — May 9, 2018 @ 16:10

    • Yes. The thing that struck me was how honestly and happily the boy was about telling us about his God saving my eggs. I was really stunned. Another teen was at the regester a week ago, and making conversation I asked him about his red plastic band on his wrist. He mentioned it was a savior band from his church and how it was about how god saved him. I quickly changed the subject. It is not the store is religious, it is not, but they do give a lot of local teens jobs, something I support. Even though I live with a church right behind my home, we share a fence, and there is a bunch of churches in our area, I have not seen the kids so deep in the religion before. It is weird to me in our day and age. I guess this is the result of homeschooling and church schools that ignore science. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2018 @ 16:20

  2. Sycophants come in all ages. Made me cringe reading it.

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    Comment by nationofnope — May 9, 2018 @ 16:30

    • The boy was so joyful about tell us this, It just took me off guard. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2018 @ 16:33

  3. Blind obedience means nobody actually has to apply thought. Though no doubt if you’d asked the boy about all the starving children in the world ( and even in the US) he would have had an answer that someone in church sat down and created a palatable answer for.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    Comment by davidprosser — May 9, 2018 @ 17:23

    • Yes, sadly you are correct. Thanks for the hugs, and hugs back.

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      Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2018 @ 17:28

  4. Well, did I ever tell you about the time I prayed to God and he regrew the arms of my friend who had lost his arms in Iraq? No, I haven’t? Oh, that must be because it NEVER HAPPENED!!! Jesus! Now I’ve heard everything! God was responsible for your eggs not being broken! And we think we have an opiate crisis, eh? Perhaps we do, but the crisis of religious nonsense soaking up the brains and reasoning skills of our populace is just as bad, if not worse. $Amen$

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    Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — May 9, 2018 @ 17:49

  5. God works in mysterious ways Scottie. That’s why he ignored all the prayers I prayed for loved ones who were dying and instead gave the deacon of the church a lawnmower when his died. Yes. A lawnmower. He prayed about it and his neighbor gave him one. It couldn’t be that he mentioned to his neighbor that his lawnmower died. It was a miracle. So it makes sense that your eggs were saved while millions starve to death. Mysterious ways Scottie. What seems totally messed up to us makes perfect sense to God. Mysterious ways indeed.

    Or maybe the whole thing was made up. Maybe. Just maybe. 🙂

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    Comment by Ben — May 9, 2018 @ 18:04

    • Thank you Ben. This young guy had no idea of what he was saying. I think life has a wake up coming at him fast. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2018 @ 18:09

      • Religion can be a wonderful and therapeutic thing when things are going well for you. It gives you a false sense of security. When life comes at you hard and fast and your prayers bounce off the sky, you realize how wrong you were. I think you are correct. A wake up call will hit the poor kid and he won’t be equipped to deal with it. I am sure he meant well but he clearly was just repeating what he has been taught. Sadly I’ve been there too.

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        Comment by Ben — May 9, 2018 @ 18:13

        • Yes, that is what I thought also, he really did not understand what he was saying, it was what he has heard day in and out for his life. I do wish the best for them, but in the meanwhile these people vote. They affect the lies of the rest of us. And some of them grow old never learning the myth is just a myth. Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2018 @ 18:15

  6. You are a better man than I, Scottie (well, setting aside the fact that I am a woman), for I would likely not have been able to keep my mouth shut, but would have had a snarky comeback for him. Years, nay decades, of hearing people tell me how foolish I am and shoving their beliefs in my face has made me a bit impatient with it all. Hugs, my friend!

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    Comment by jilldennison — May 9, 2018 @ 18:16

    • Jill I was rather stunned. A young man was telling me and his boss that his god is wonderful and with me because my eggs did not break. It was really weird. Besides you think faster than I do. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — May 9, 2018 @ 18:24

      • I likely would have been stunned too, that he thinks ‘God’ has time to worry about such things as a carton of eggs when people are dying. Unfortunately, though, I have a snarky tongue and often speak before thinking. It keeps getting me in trouble. 🙄

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        Comment by jilldennison — May 9, 2018 @ 20:46

        • I have trouble thinking of you getting into trouble anywhere. We need more people willing to do what you do. Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — May 10, 2018 @ 08:38

          • Why thank you, Scottie! But yes, I sometimes have trouble keeping my mouth shut when I perhaps ought to. I can be a rebel, a firebrand. ‘Tis who I am, and at age 66, it’s not likely I’ll be changing any time soon, eh? Hugs, my friend!!!

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            Comment by jilldennison — May 11, 2018 @ 02:02

  7. The dumbing down of America

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    Comment by maryplumbago — May 9, 2018 @ 22:11

    • Yes, the fact is some corperation want an educated work force that will do as they are told and accept what they are given. They want a workforce with no distractions like luxuries, vacation, and other things. They want a serf population. They are getting it. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — May 10, 2018 @ 08:33

  8. Hi Scottie;
    You and I have spoken about this in the past, that I believe there is something greater than I out there some where and I have this hope that there is somewhere after we leave this world. Sort of a Jonathan Livingston Seagull thing. In some ways I get very frustrated with things in this world, and I can get very apathetic and hopeless with the craziness we hear every day, while otherwise, like those pics on that site I sent to you, I find so much beauty and wonder in the nature around me that I just think “wow”.
    In this world where things CAN be very negative and dark, religion – what has once been called “the opiate of the masses” – attracts those who seek an ideal like teenagers but leaves them naive and ignorant. I can only imagine how very horrifying for a parent of a child who has done absolutely nothing to anyone suffer painful and deadly affliction. You would think that a pastor who has any sense would caution his little minions about how they patter.

    hugs;
    randy

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    Comment by Randy — May 10, 2018 @ 18:26

    • Randy I love you. Ron is like you. He doesn’t believe in a God that man has made, yet he does feel there is something more. He feels like there is a spirit world we have not yet found, either it is a realm science has yet to describe or it may even be mythical. Ron feels we return to the energy of the universe from where we came from. I hope he is correct and you also. However I have come to the time in my life that unless I can see some evidence of something, I simply can not accept it on faith.

      As for the boy, I do not really harbor any anger at him, I was stunned really. But then I got worried about him. He clearly is not yet in reality. He lives in a fantasy land. I am angry at the adults who put him there. They are at fault. This kid is either going to live his life delisonal or be badly hurt, all because adults couldn’t tell him the facts. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — May 10, 2018 @ 18:38


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