Christians (and other believers) pray to a god. Every day billions of prayers are made to these gods. In this article I am going to show that it is useless to pray because there is no difference in outcome if you pray and if you do not pray.
What is prayer?
1. address to God: a spoken or unspoken address to God, a deity, or a saint.
2. addressing of God: the act or practice of making spoken or unspoken addresses to God, a deity, or a saint
3. something wished for: something that is wanted or hoped for very much
Is prayer working?
With so many people praying they surely must have an influence on world, right? So, we therefore know that on every insurance form you will find the following questions...
Are you religious? (and then the great news)
Religious folks will get a 50% discount on their life insurance as believers have proven that prayer works and that they have a 50% better chance of surviving a serious accicent or illness.
Furthermore, they have proven that by going to faith healers when they are seriously ill that they have a 80% better change of surviving that an atheist. They will thus receive another 5% discount.
To further sweeten the deal..believers who can prove that their family and friends are also praying for the sick person will get another 5% discount.
Even more..if believers have opened a Facebook page to ask fellow believers to pray for the sick person, the sick person will get an additonal 5% discount
But do we see this on insurance forms in the real world
No, and why not? The insurance industry uses statistics. They look at an average person in a group and determine their insurance premiums on the history of a similar group. For example they know at what age the average person is going to die. Some will die sooner, some will die later. For the last 2000 years they did not find any evidence that a Christian will live longer or be able to influence the outcome of an illness or death by praying. Therefore there is no discount for being a believer.
Even though most insurance companies are owned by believers, they do not believe that prayer can have any influence on life, death or sickness.
If religious healers can heal any disease, why don't they heal Joost?
The harsh reality is that Joost cannot be cured. There is no medicine on earth (yet) that will keep him from dying soon. No amount of prayer is going to prolong his life for another 20 years. No "faith healer" will also take on Joost's case (or anybody suffering from the same disease as Joost) because they know it is incurable.
What does the bible say about prayer?
Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. (Matt. 7: 7)
Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things." (Jeremiah 33: 3)
If any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you. (James 1: 5)
When you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen." (Matt. 6: 6)
From these verses it looks god does answer prayers, however the insurance industry totally disagree as they will not allow a discount.
If prayer does not work, then there can be 1 of 3 answers
1. The person praying does not have enough faith.
2. God does not answer prayers and therefore the bible must be lying
3. God does not exist and therefore cannot answer prayers.
Answer to (1)
So what is enough faith?
Matthew 17:20 says
"You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible."
The last time I checked, nobody could lift a mountain or even a grain of sand using faith, not even the pope.
So, theoretically, no person on earth is able to pray and influence anything as nobody has enough faith. In this case the above verses are meaningless on earth because nobody will ever be able to influence anything by praying..which the statistics bear out. It is thus useless to pray.
Answer to (2)
There is no evidence of christians being able to influence anything by using prayer for the last 2000 years. Christians die just as much, live just as long, get the same diseases, recovers just as "miraculously" from fatal diseases like cancer, suffer just as much, as non-believers. So when the bible says that you will receive something by praying..it is just plain lying.
Answer to (3)
I believe this to be true. The universe was not created for us. We inhabit just 1 out 100 trillion planets. Why so many planets created for our benefit if we will never be able to visit them? And, furthermore, they are all speeding away from us, so every day that goes by it gets more diffucult to reach other galaxies.
We are no different than any other species. We are not unique. The only place a god exists, is in a person's mind. If he dies, the mind dies with him.
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