Reposted from a post I had posted on Revelife (a Xanga "ish" site), November 4, 2009.
I've heard several people say, "They should have died when they went through some event," whether it be a car wreck, a tricky childbirth, or a near-fatal illness. "I'm convinced that their survival is proof that God has great plans for them." I heard it this weekend and I started thinking about it.
Logically, the statement is...
Surviving a close brush with death is proof of a strong call of God on one's life.
Does that mean...
If I've never been 'this close' to the reaper's scythe God has no great plan for my life?
God had no great plan for my friend who died relatively young, leaving behind three children?
Anyone, saint or sinner, who beats the odds - has the hand of God on their life?
I remember reading a book, Confessions of a Caffeinated Christian, and in one chapter the author tells his story of a near-death experience (at his birth) to somebody else. The other person said..."you know what that means? It (just) means that God wanted you to live."
It's just one of those cliches that Christians say that I really can't agree with.
What is your stance on near death experiences? Proof of God's plan for you or was God just feeling merciful?