Christianity Johnson on 14 Sep 2008 10:16 am
Here is a book with a startling title:
We know that God NEVER says yes to a prayer to heal amputees. Nor does God ever heal a child’s cleft palate. Over 30,000 children will die today of things like starvation, dehydration and preventable diseases, and God completely ignores their prayers (even though he promises to answer them in Luke 12 and many other verses).
If we study prayer with statistical tools, we know that the whole idea of prayer is nothing but a superstition. But we don’t even need statistical tools. Simply by looking at the world around us, it is obvious that God never answers prayers.
And yet here is a book that claims there to be 10 prayers that God ALWAYS says yes to. What could these 10 prayers be? They are conveniently listed in the Table of contents:
1) I Wish I Could Believe: God, Show Me That You Exist
2) Why Should I Get Involved?: God, Make Me an Instrument
3) What’s in It for Me?: God, Outdo Me in Generosity
4) I Can’t Take It Anymore!: God, Get Me Through This Suffering
5) Am I a Terrible Person?: God, Forgive Me
6) This Stress Is Killing Me!: God, Give Me Peace
7) Okay, I Admit It: I’m Afraid: God, Give Me Courage
8) Sometimes Being Smart Just Isn’t Enough: God, Give Me Wisdom
9) Will I Ever Be Happy Again?: God, Bring Good Out of This Bad Situation
10) Why Am I Here, Anyway?: God, Lead Me to My Destiny
According to the book, God ALWAYS says Yes to these prayers.
How can we immediately see the absurdity of this list? Let’s take question #10:
“Why Am I Here, Anyway?: God, Lead Me to My Destiny”
Now we simply have the 30,000 kids who will die of starvation today pray this prayer: “Dear God, Why Am I Here, Anyway?: God, Lead Me to My Destiny…” The answer from God will be, “Well, 30,000 kids, your destiny is to die of starvation today! Have fun!” Then all 30,000 kids die. And then we repeat the same process EVERY SINGLE DAY.
This, once again, is the Christian peephole at work. Only by ignoring reality can Christians continue to have “faith”. If they would look at reality, they would have to admit that they are worshiping an insane demon.
Question 10 is obviously absurd, but question #8 is hilarious when looking at the average Christian:
“Sometimes Being Smart Just Isn’t Enough: God, Give Me Wisdom”
Given that God ALWAYS says yes to this prayer, what would we expect? We would expect all Christians to be wise, wouldn’t we? But then we look at George W. Bush and shake our heads. OBVIOUSLY God does not answer this prayer.
Or look at Sarah Palin. She is a “strong Christian believer”. She is praying all the time. And then she gets into an interview with Charlie Gibson and we see a total breakdown. Not only is she not “wise”, she doesn’t even know basic stuff like the definition of “the Bush doctrine”:
Can anyone, Christian or not, watch Palin’s interview and claim that Sarah Palin is filled with wisdom derived from an all-knowing, all-powerful being? Obviously not.
And if Christians are so wise, why do they need a blizzard of lies?
The book â€œTen Prayers God Always Says Yes Toâ€ shows Christianity on the cutting edge of absurdity.
What’s even more interesting is that we could write the companion volume very easily:
1) God, please spontaneously regrow the leg of this amputee
2) God, please appear to us by taking over all the TV stations and web sites of the world and delivering your divine message to humanity
3) God, please eliminate cancer from the planet tomorrow
4) God, please give us a Bible that makes sense
All of these prayers would be trivially easy for an “all-powerful being” to answer if he were to exist. But the reality is that God is imaginary. And it is obvious that he is imaginary. This imaginary God cannot even answer the 10 questions that he ALWAYS answers.