Nothingbutthebloodofjesus has left the building.
Dungy has been lauded by nbtboj for praising god for a superbowl win.
nbtboj clearly represents many theists mindset in that if they earn some reward in finances, social status or prestige, god is the author of it. As if a god really is involved with the outcome of a game. As if a god favors one team over another.
oh mah god I just won the superbowl! Thankyoujesus thank you thank you god thank you lord!!!
why? why talk like this? what is the point really? I mean, it’s a game of statistical finaggling where two equally matched teams go at it and only one can come out the victor. How is a god involved in this outcome? Why would a god be involved? If you were god would you cause one team to win over another? If any one football team wins the superbowl, do we now assume this is “god’s team”?? Is this team’s win a sign from god that he exists?
So then, the losers of the superbowl are less favored by god? What? I mean, why thank god when you win a game?
If god is really involved in the outcomes of sporting events, to the point where an athlete bows down in the end zone and thanks god for helping him catch a ball.. what does it really mean?
Does it mean that god is involved in the outcome of the craps table? Horse racing? board games? Is it about money? People need money and so when they find some or come of some money when they really need it they tend to thank a god. What about the “evil” professions. Like prostitution. God hates it. But say a hooker really needs a score so she goes out and walks the streets. Say 4 hours go by and she is so hungry. Another hour goes by and it’s 12:30. Finally, she finds a target and gets paid, is she entitled to thank god? I mean, if she was good looking enough the stats show that sooner or later she would get picked up. What if she does thank god? If god has nothing to do with the hooker getting paid, then… how is it any different for athletes.
And yet others thank god for outcomes that will happen one way or another (superbowl wins and losses) either way.
And in more realistic frame of reference: Is god then responsible for any given person getting that really great job? I mean, you either have the skills and personality and work ethic or you do not. If it is down to two or three equally talented candidates and the employer is pulling out his hair trying to decide and so, unbeknown to the three candidates, he throws a dart on a board with their picture on it and chooses thus…. is this god??
What have humans reduced god down to then?
btw, hiring people using the dart board method… does that make the dart thrower god like? or at least an instrument in god’s hand when the lucky individual thanks his god that the dart thrower’s dart “chose” his picture?)