I've mentioned this in other posts, I thought if I did all the "right" things on a regular basis, that God, if He didn't directly intervene, He wouldRoy wrote: ↑13 May 2021, 16:23I think I am a casualty of these faith promoting stories.
I think we have this mindset that almost anything that is said that motivates people to increase loyalty to the church is good and even more
specifically anything that motivates them to pay their tithing is good. I believe that there is an "ends justify the means" mentality here.
We have these stories of people being "blessed" and God stepping in to intervene and tip the scales of chance in the favor of the faithful member.
I had felt that my family would be protected by my faithful priesthood service and tithing payment. It was a shock to me that ruptured my understanding of the universe when it seemed that these promises were not fulfilled in my case.
inspire or bring special comfort in time of need. It was a shock & disappointment when the things I counted on or expected didn't come
true. It was like discovering that Santa Claus didn't exist. I have a tendency to be very naïve. I now know & understand that God doesn't
work that way. It is difficult to explain that to most members I know.