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1 Destro  Wed, Dec 5, 2012 10:04:53am

I am always bothered by the “prayers” sent on online forums after a tragedy. Should not a prayer to god be pro-active? What’s the point praying after the tragic incident in question.

Also, a lot of prayer resembles begging. Why do we have to beg the god for something? If he is god, then the whole praying aspect is silly since he knows what is bugging us and what we are asking. So god seems like a prick wanting us to beg first before he helps us.

2 calochortus  Wed, Dec 5, 2012 10:47:56am

I’m not sure whether I want to wade into this, but what the heck. I was interested in the comments on that piece where more than one person said we ought to pray that God’s will be done. Why would you need to? Won’t it be?
I suspect the actual power of prayer is what it does for the emotional comfort of both pray-er, and pray-ee.

3 FemNaziBitch  Wed, Dec 5, 2012 10:48:06am

People mis-understand prayer. I was taught you that you can’t ask for specifics. All you can pray for is knowledge of G-d’s and the power to carry it out.

I think the problem, really, is the idea there is a sky-deity out there. Prayer can help individuals lead functional lives because it takes humility to do it correctly —accepting that one is not the center of the universe and that there are forces at work over which one has no control.

Prayer to cure cancer — yeah, I’m not so sure about that. I think, perhaps, the self-fulfilling prophecy or placebo effect might be a better explanation for the rare occasions a person does seem to spontaneously recover.

Magic is science that has yet to be discovered?

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