Living people can share stories of ‘God’s protection’ on their lives; how he saved them from that horrible accident, how their cancer went into remission, and so forth. But dead people can’t talk; they can’t share their tragic stories of lives that ended too early, and often too painfully.
Some religious folks say it’s okay, because the dead are going to paradise! No more pain and no more suffering, only unfathomable perfection. Paradise sounds amazing! But I’m left wondering, then, why they’re so happy that God has protected their earthly lives rather than allowing them to escape to eternal bliss.
Some say that god doesn’t intervene in difficult situations because he respects our freedom of choice, but that’s not consistent with a god who supposedly does intervene in difficult situations to protect his followers. You can’t have it both ways. If god intervenes to save some, then he could also intervene to save others. The rules either exist or they don’t.
So when people thank god for protecting their lives, I think they should remember that dead people can’t talk. I won’t guess what the dead would say, but I doubt it would be ‘thank god’.