Hi everyone! So, I've been away for a while, lurking on/off, but haven't posted in a while (indeed, the forum software reminded me of that when I logged in today!)
Anyway, I've noticed some posts where people seem to be angry at the Church, or even God Himself, due to their current circumstances in life, and often take temporal suffering as a sign that the Church is wrong, such as, many who think NFP is difficult so the Church must be wrong about it. Or, people who expect temporal rewards for following the Church's teachings, such as a recent poster who considered giving up own virginity because he couldn't guarantee that his future wife would be a virgin.
Now, I'm pretty sure people who post here aren't as wordly as those who follow the so-called prosperity gospel -- I was recently flipping through TV channels and came across a televangelist who seemed to be preaching this version of the gospel, who actually led his flock in a chant of "God, give me more stuff!" :eek: Yet, it does seem that there is a tendency among many of us to expect some kind of temporal reward for good behavior, and see God as unfair if that doesn't occur. And, of course, many cynics would suggest that most religious people are motivated more by a fear of hell or a love of the rewards in heaven, not an actual love of God.
So, I was just wondering what people around here thought about this.