Well, the two sayings are similar in many ways. I have often womndered how someone who is an atheist would deal with disaster or “bad luck” in their lives. How would they be able to deal with a crisis in their lives without the comfort from God?
In the Lord’s prayer we say “And lead us not into temptation”, I remember being asked if I as a Greek speaking Orthodox may be able to add to this by my Ancient Greek (Koine) lecturer.
The Bible actually teaches,
“No one, when tempted, should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil and He Himself tempts no one.” (James 1:13).
God dosn’t put obstacles in our way in order to tempt us, God is good. A good God does not cause pain an suffering. We cause suffering and pain and the devil does too. Are we being controlled by God like puppets? Are we part of a plan that He has chosen for us? Are we just playing our part in a play which only God knows the beginning middle and end?
No, God does not control us, no God does not play games with us nor are we to believe in fate and luck. We all have been granted our freedom. God does intervene at times for our own good, but no-body was born to be a traitor, a murderer, a theif, an adulterer. We were all born good in God’s image and likeness, and we later choose either to do good or bad.
But the will of God, God’s plan for us is to save us and to bring all of us under His wing. He does not wish our harm for God**,**
“…desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4).
**“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated” (**1 Peter 3:12-14).
So suffering in life for the sake of God is indirectly something which is benefitial to our souls. though not from God our suffering and trials build endurance and when the time of real trials and real tribulations arrive, we will be able to withstand them better. But even if they do not arrive, our spiritual state is strengthened by them. This is a part of our everyday struggle, and “lifting up our own personal cross”.
For an atheist, pain and suffering has no meaning, trials have no purpose. Our ascetic struggles bless us and sanctify us and help prepare us for the day of judgement.