Posted by R. Berg on February 19, 2008 at 17:40:
In Reply to: These things are sent to try us posted by John Hudson on February 19, 2008 at 12:34:
: Where did the saying "These things are sent to try us" come from?
From the idea that events in our lives are planned elsewhere. That idea, in turn, originates with a belief that every event happens because someone wanted it to - an application of one kind of causation, personal agency, to classes of events that have other kinds of causes. Egocentrism is involved, too.
If you want the name of the first person who uttered the sentence or the first one who wrote it in a work for publication, unfortunately, that information isn't usually available for this kind of saying. ~rb