Originally posted by Sratpam
I have been all over America on Mission trips and have seen Gods will come to effect in many different ways. He has changed many people lives and have effected my life.
God sent his son Jesus to teach us his ways. Jesus effected many people lives like the 12 disciples who are very different people that joined together under ones name, God. Jesus effected one man's life by making him see again.
It's a simple case of misattribution. People change their lives in every culture and in every belief system every day. There is no reason to assume Jesus or god are involved in the process. People are capable of some amazing things all on their own, or with a little help from their friends and family. It may be the case that someone's belief in god helped them change their life, but that is not the same thing as god causing the change himself. Belief in god seems to have a placebo effect in many cases. But those people who have changed their lives for the better deserve a little credit of their own.
It's a curious phenomenon that god gets the credit for everything good that happens, but somehow manages to escape the blame for anything bad. I think it's a package deal, with credit/blame being interwoven. God is either the ultimate cause of everything, or he is the cause of nothing. You can't pick and choose.