Well there I was at my company, early on Friday, and one of my employees glided up to me, with a Cheshire cat smile across his shining face. The last time I had seen someone so happy, was when I was at one of our suppliers offices, and the owner had just come out of a Hindu prayer/meditation meeting, looking like Moses and his shining face coming down from Mt Sinai with the Ten Commandments.
He floated up to me, with a positive confident posture, and an almost fanatical gaze, looked at me and said cheer up, why do you look so worried. Normally my experience with people that smile all the time is that the smile is needed to keep their ears apart, because there is not much grey matter to help with that task.
So when I saw my employee with a similar shining face, I wondered if he had also been mediating, vibrating and defying gravity by floating in the air. Thinking that he had been in touch with some forbidden mystical entity I asked him what was so happy about. He had been to a Christian Mighty Men prayer/breakfast - which got me to wondering why they are called Mighty Men and are, by implication, unbelievers regarded as wimps.
Men who believe the Bible and pray to; God the Father through Jesus Christ his Son are thought to be mighty, honourable and respectable while unbelieving men are not. What is so mighty about men, who pray to God, read and obey the Bible and attend Church fellowships especially in our modern scientific world? Why would any one think that praying, by faith, in this day and age is a virtue?
The Bible says in James 5:14-15 "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
Despite what Christians like to say no one of course believes the Bible any more because; if prayer and faith really worked and God was real; people would convert en mass to this miraculous prayer answering God. They would be willing to travel to Church when sick and not to hospitals. People would quit their jobs and become professional "prayers"?
When the faithful say grace over their food and thank God for provision, they forget about the millions starving to death every second, who also ask God for food and never get any. If Christians were honest they would never say grace over food – as they would be too embarrassed, because it is tantamount to thanking God for giving them food, at the expense of the starving.
Well, why do these Mighty men go to Doctors like atheists? If they really believed the Bible they would go to the elders to pray for them. So it would seem they are also unbelievers and do not really believe in God or his powers to heal.
If we go back to Medieval Britain (where faith in God was strong, and science was weak) average life expectancy was 20-30. Modern medicine and sanitation had not come around yet, but Jesus was at the height of His popularity. Where was: God's miraculous healing? Now, in modern Britain where faith is weak and rapidly vanishing and science is strong, average life expectancy is about 78.
Praying of course is not confined to Christian circles only. Muslims, Jews and Hindus are for ever praying to their Gods as well. When I was in England, Greece, Israel and Egypt I saw first hand how people of old prayed to their Gods. In Bath they still have prayer requests to Minerva, the Roman Son God on display. In Greece there are prayers to Zeus and in Egypt every temple has prayers to various Gods.
In Israel go to the Wailing Wall and you will see Mighty Men (idiots) putting prayer requests into the cracks of the demolished Temple wall. Of course here in South Africa we still have primitive, superstitious people praying to the rain God and sacrificing oxen, in blood offerings to their ancestors.
The weirdest thing is when pious concerned civil servants tell people to pray for a 94 year old Nelson Mandela, when the only thing keeping him alive is medical science and not their prayers that are bouncing off the ceiling.
Christian ‘Mighty Men’ believe what you want but consider this: prayer fails when scientifically tested. Every claim that prayers succeeds is anecdotal where the prayer is confusing correlation with causation. God believer apologists deviously forget about the obvious times that prayer fails.
For everyone claiming to be saved by prayer, you will find many more that have had their prayers go unanswered. Prayer appears to work identically to making a wish and tossing a coin into a wishing well.
To rational people this is strong evidence that prayer is a superstition.
When it seems to work, at the very most what you are seeing is a placebo effect. Placebos can be useful to those who believe they are getting real treatment. But they aren't divine. And there isn't any evidence that anything is.
So tell me what is so mighty about a person that prays to God?
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