Prayer

1 Jan

This post will be shorter than I’d like, but I felt like I needed to get one out. This post kept me up until 3:30 in the morning. I hope your fucking happy<3

Prayer is an interesting invention, and an ineffective one. I have several problems with the idea, starting with how little it works. You can pray all you want for world peace and starving children for all the good it will do. But if someone prays that they can find their keys, then bingo! Here they are! Wow, isn't god just awesome?! This can then be used as a story to tell your atheist friends, wondering how they could ever deny such a miracle was coincidence.

What. A. Joke.

First off, this has actually happened, and can be bent to fit other occurrences from finding keys to a loved one surviving cancer. Both are small in comparison to the large problems in our world and the thousands that die from natural disasters and warfare. Why are you special enough that god answered the easy prayers that could happen anyway? Well your not, he didn't, and yes, it was coincidence.

Coincidences do happen. If one in 50 survive cancer X, and your uncle does, then good for him. But you can't tell me this is evidence for god, especially when I can show you 49 others whom god apparently wasn't too sure about.

Prayer is ironic if you think about it. I mean, what happened to god's plan? Do you really think your going to sway him and change the whole fucking thing just by asking? Thinking your important enough with your small needs to change the entire script of you ASK is pretty arrogant.

Not that I'm saying a dying family member isn't important, but in the grand scheme of things, its really nothing. I thought theres supposed to be a purpose to everything, even death. I say this because as an atheist, I don't think there IS a grand scheme of things.

This post turned into a bit of a rant, but I had fun writing it. Also, it may be because it's 3:30 in the morning.

Thanks for reading! :3

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3 Responses to “Prayer”

  1. superwiseman January 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM #

    As a Christian, I agree with what you say 100%. It is one of the things I’ve written about of how Christians do these things which are frankly quite stupid (It’s point 2 and 5 of http://superwiseman.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/christian-hypocrites/, please take a look!)

    But to the purpose of prayer. I agree with you also that everything has to have a purpose (as a philosopher, it seems everything exist must have a purpose, as if existence and purpose are inseparable…anyways) And when people cannot find a purpose in this life, they have to look for some external rule to give them a purpose. That’s why throughout history, as long as there is civilisation, there has always been a religion, or two.

    Prayer is also good for remedying, when you feel like everything is hopeless, it is good to ‘know’ that there is someone bigger than you, and so will grant you peace, rightly or wrongly.

    So I think prayer is a good thing, if you believe in a God.

    I believe in God because through my philosophical investigations, the idea of a God fits and is sometimes necessary, though I am not sure if this God is the true God.

    Anyways, please read my post and tell me what you think!

  2. Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM #

    I totally agree…prayers stay unanswered…why because there is not god, gods were invented from tribes people to govern their power to frighten their villages into submission…god= power, money and greed. It annoys me when christians out rule science and proof of lifes exsistance before their god…we as a nation have scientific facts they have their bible, created to scare people into a better/ submisive way of living so the powerful have more control and the rich get richer!

  3. Jen (@Squidgianna) January 7, 2012 at 6:56 AM #

    Interesting rant. Although i don’t pray I think for many it’s helpful for a more fundamental reason, have you ever read something you’ve struggle to understand? you read it again, read it a third time but out loud, and it clicks. Or ever had a problem which you’re struggling to deal with, then someone just relays the problem to you and the problem seems basic and the solution suddenly so clear. I think prayer (and religion in general) is just a primitive form of the same, sub-conscious self psychotherapy. This idea is based on harmless faith, not organised religion (which frankly is more damaging than therapeutic). not that the response was interesting or wanted…but’s crazy o’clock & I got bored 😉

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