That’s a damn good question, if you ask me. I saw the above pic on a website I recently found called “Losing My Religion“. Lots of good reads there and other stuff… like this quote:
“ [Fundamentalists] never wonder why, if herpes is sent by ‘god’ to scourge “adulterers,” whooping cough and measles weren’t purposely created to lambaste children.”
My mom prays for everything from world hunger to not hitting any red lights on her way to church. She sends those mile long prayer chain emails… to everyone… about everything… that are literally too painful to read. If I read them all, they’d have to add me on to it, asking folks to pray for my eyesight to focus again.
I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking, and affirmations, the laws of attraction… etc…. but, the power of prayer?? Maybe, it helps if you believe it… sometimes… but, if it does… I have to believe it’s the positive thinking that helped and that any God is personally answering prayers. Because, if it WERE God helping my Mom not hit any red lights on her way to church… ?? well then, I’d have a problem with his doing that, but not helping out the starving kid… ya know?
It also amazes me just how many people routinely say, “I’ll pray for you” or “I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers”. I don’t mind when they say it to me… even though I don’t really believe in prayer. I know what they mean. I actually feel like saying the latter one myself half the time, only for lack of a common phrase to replace it that doesn’t include prayer. I try just saying “I’ll keep you in my thoughts”… but, that doesn’t really sound as caring, does it? So, I wind up saying, “If there’s anything I can do to help…”… and mean it… and then, I try not to wait for them to ask for help if I can think of anything to do to help. Ironically, if I DO help, they will most likely thank God for answering their prayers… ?