Why praying is a useless waste of time, energy and emotion.

2015-03-13 10:12

Probably one of the most laughable responses one sees from the “born again” brand of Christian believer when one questions their beliefs is, “I will pray for you”. It is so offensively condescending, hypocritical and patently absurd. If they were to immediately fall to their knees for a one-on-one with their god what would they be praying for: that the object of their prayer should be converted to believing in Jesus, “saved”, smited, become ill or suffer a terrible fate? What?

As I repeatedly have to point out to religious believers, if praying to a god actually achieved results then it is relatively easy to evaluate the outcomes and see some form of resulting difference that can only be explained by some supernatural intervention by the selected god. If the religious are so sure that prayer does in fact produce positive results one would expect the Pope or some other representative of a god on Earth to have done such research and had it independently evaluated and confirmed. The fact that they never have is sufficient reason to be very suspicious of all claims in regard to prayers being answered.

There has been some independent research into Christian prayer and some studies found that the men and women in hospital who knew they were being prayed for actually fared worse than those who were not prayed for - Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer.

As far as I am concerned the evidence for the ineffectiveness of prayer is the fact that god believers obviously enjoy no extra benefits in life that are denied non-believers. It is clear that, on average, people who do not believe in a god -

Become ill at the same rates as those that do;

Recover from illness, surgery and and hospitalisation at the same rates as those that do;

Live as long as those that do: it being interesting to note that Japan has by far the World's highest rates of life expectancy.

Whether you apply those criteria to the manifold versions of the Abrahmic god, the Hindu gods or any other deities the results are the same, - prayer brings no perceptible or measurable difference or benefits to the lives of people who believe in and pray to gods. Hence prayer must be totally ineffective and useless and, at best, praying simply makes the person saying the prayer pretend they are helping so as to feel better about themselves.

How else can on explain that prayer to all manner of gods are offered up every day for peace on Earth yet the conflicts, the atrocities and the body counts just keep on growing?

Why would a perfect God be influenced by prayer when by definition he knows what he is doing better than we do and knows exactly what is going to allow to happen in the future. Why would a god change his mind? The concept of prayer is quite literally insane if you also believe in a God that knows everything. He knows in advance that you are going to pray, and of course he knows how he is going to answer it! Why on Earth do people actually think that a god will change his behaviour as result of someone mumbling a few words?

Why would a perfect god be willing to intervene and cure someone of cancer just because some hack prays for them, and yet lets millions of other people die in horrible pain from such diseases? If the god actually does do that then he must, in my view, be a huge sadistic jerk and unworthy of worship and praise?

It is no wonder that people pray to gods with their eyes closed. It is much easier to pretend there is a god when you are not looking at the world around you.


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