I wasn't sure if this was appropriate to post in the normal random thoughts and questions thread, so just to be safe HERE'S A NEW ONE. An acquaintance of a friend of mine is on a mission in Malawi, which is an African country that, according to Wikipedia, "is among the world's least-developed and most-densely populated countries". It has an HIV/AIDS rate of almost 12%, a life expectancy of slightly over 50 years, less than half of its 16 million residents have access to clean water, etc. So this person is bringing Jesus to this profoundly poor country, which I guess is kinda noble in that at least they hypothetically won't go to hell when their objectively pretty lacking lives expire? Setting aside the morality of missions in third-world countries, the acquaintance made a post on her mission group's blog. It chronicles her Saving of a woman who had been gripped by Satan. Judging by the description, it sounds like the woman was suffering from a seizure but, hey, Satan. But the bit that gets me is the second sentence: This isn't terribly offensive on its own, but it makes me think of people who refuse medical treatment for themselves or others because "It was God's plan for her to get sick, and if He wants her to survive then she'll get better on her own". No. If it's God's plan for someone to die, they'll die even if you do treat them. The disease will resist treatment or something else will happen and they will end. Who the fuck are you to say, "I know God's plan and it is within my power to subvert it"? Isn't God's plan supposed to be unknowable? And how can you possibly profess to believe that your God is all-powerful if you also believe that you can prevent Him from getting His way?