This is something that I'm sure many people struggle with, and it probably doesn't need my rant about it in addition to everyone else's, but it's been driving me up the wall lately, so here it is.
Recently, a relative of mine suffered a terrible accident. I shan't be going into any specifics, but I do assure you, it was quite serious. Thankfully, they lived. They are now going through the traumas of understanding their prognoses and comprehending all the horrible consequences of what has happened. Again, I assure you, what they are going through is not anything that would be taken lightly by anyone.
Through all this, the family has been receiving periodic reports of the process from my grandmother. These letters are basically outlines of the details of the dire situation. And they all end with the same tagline: "God is good."
And with each and every correspondence, I wish to reply, "What the fucking hell do you mean by that? If your god were 'good,' they wouldn't be in this situation to begin with! Your god would have altered the course of events, or the laws of physics! This would have never happened! Where the fuck do you get off in proclaiming this situation 'good'?!"
Of course, this is exactly what I'm not saying. I'm not out as an atheist to my extended family, after all, and this doesn't strike me as a wonderful time to bring the subject up, even if I weren't avoiding the topic out of respect for my parents' wishes. So I'm keeping my head down, and avoiding my family, as they would surely remind me of the clearly overwhelmingly awesome "goodness" of God, and would ask that I keep my relative "in my prayers," at which point I would either have to broach the subject honestly (which my mother has exhorted me not to do) or lie about it (to which I am morally opposed).
But beyond this, even if I were still a practicing member of the Church, I think I would be confused by this statement of beneficence. Yes, my relative is not dead... But really, there's not much else positive that can be said about the situation. So why do believers feel the need to bring attention to the fact that their god is either not omnipotent or not benevolent?
Really, what I'd like to hear would be "the ER doctors are good" or "the surgeons are good" or "the facts that science and medicine are as progressed as they are, and that we live in a region where they are understood and available, and that we can afford them are good." Don't tell me that your god is good. If your god were an actual deity as I am given to understand deities, and if it were as good as you claim, then what need would we have for surgeons and medicine and science and hospitals? For crissake, don't tell me that your god is good when all the good being done is being done by people.
Give those people their due. They save lives. God doesn't.