Does prayer work? Not a snowball’s hazard in Heck – now not that there sincerely is a Heck of direction. The proof of the pudding is of course, if prayer virtually labored, there might be a miracle in that we might all be lotto winners or at least quite wealthy and well-known! We’d be general successes at our jobs, in our relationships, have ideal companions and ideal children. And our cars wouldn’t ruin down! Further, the solar might a course in miracles shine down on us every day of our lives.
Even if all of us just prayed for exact things in wellknown, no longer non-public things specifically, and if our benevolent prayers virtually labored, then there might be no sickness or struggling or crime or wars, and many others. We’d all live in a utopian Camelot. But we don’t! I suggest, come each Christmas and Easter, the Pope publicly prays for global peace. That’s noble of him. But, come next Christmas and Easter, he has to do all of it all over again! Now if the Pope cannot get outcomes, what wish for the excellent unwashed?
Since a end result, that is, international peace (as one of many possible examples), hasn’t came about; it is glaringly no longer the case, then both God doesn’t exist, or would not answer prayers. If the latter, then God doesn’t deliver a tinkers rattling about us, so why must we give a tinkers damn approximately Him (again, being traditional and assuming the masculine)? If we do not provide a damn, then Gods life, or lack of life, is largely inappropriate.
Think of all the ones trillions of man-hours (sorry, individual-hours) wasted over the centuries with the aid of the ones in pursuit of an phantasm – that praying introduced results. Do you without a doubt think our world nowadays is a higher vicinity for all that point, attempt and energy? No? Then I say once more – what a waste. Further, no scholarly research ever completed on the useful effects of praying have ever proven that praying works.
If prayer does seem to work at times on a private stage, it’s in all likelihood extra a case of thoughts-over-count number, the energy of high quality thinking, and akin to the placebo tablet in medicine. Every every so often, the incredible takes place. Just because you prayed for an improbable occasion does not mean the prayer labored, and therefore that there is a God who spoke back it.
Further, as in the case of supposed miracles, prayer validation is also a fantastically selective bookkeeping exercising in that a hit is documented and displayed for the entire global to peer; a leave out is in no way referred to or mentioned.
Quasi associated are the excitement phrases ‘faith’ and ‘ritual’. As far as I can inform, all of the religion in the global in a supernatural being is not going to heal up a damaged leg any quicker, or anything in a comparable kind of basket. You could be tough pressed to provide evidence that having religion yields greater tremendous results relative to those not having religion. In a similar vein, religions thrive on ritual. Do this at such-and-any such time; don’t try this on such-a-such day of the week; study this; go yourself for this reason, consume (or do not consume) that right now; adopt this posture in this example, etc. Even the navy isn’t quite as strict in its rules and guidelines (rituals)! Anyway, watching all the rituals part and parcel of a particular faith, in terms of effectiveness, a pathway to the good lifestyles would not definitely seem to get you any extra brownie points. It strikes me as any other sociological example of ass-kissing due to the fact you’re instructed to kiss ass with the aid of authority figures who, I gather, in this situation derive said authority from a supernatural being for which there’s no evidence. Sorry sheep; it is all a case of the blind main the blind.
Having dispatched the power of prayer, right here’s my take at the associated concept of miracles.
I’d higher define precisely what I suggest with the aid of a miracle, because it buzz word has been so overused, especially in advertising, that it has lost all real which means. I imply there are miracle detergents, miracle pills, miracle discoveries, miracle whatever and the whole thing. I’ve really examine scientists, who ought to recognise better, who use the phrase ‘miracle’ when they virtually suggest surprising or towards all odds. If you get dealt a royal flush, you would say it is a miracle. But it isn’t always. There are matters which might be viable, viable, in all likelihood, and implausible. Then there are things that are downright not possible. If something taken into consideration impossible takes place, then it’s a bona fide miracle. A enormously improbable occasion, like being dealt a royal flush, isn’t a miracle. A bona fide miracle would be for an amputated limb to regenerate. No doubt amputees have prayed for such a miracle – unfortunately, it ain’t ever happened.