This argument was made by DPK in a comment on this thread:
I have friends that I communicate with on a professional discussion forum who are devout Christians.
A while back their youngest child became seriously ill, and they took to the boards begging for people to pray for him. The exchange went something like:
“Our 8 year old Timmy is in the hospital with pneumonia. His fever is very high and the doctors are very concerned. Please everyone… pray for him.”
Of course all the other devout Christians started praying, adding them to their prayer groups and offering up special requests to god on Timmy’s behalf.
Next day the message was, “Timmy is worse today, his fever spiked at 104 last night, and they had to put him in a cooling blanket to bring his fever down. Today the doctors are changing his antibiotics in the hope they can better fight the infection. PLEASE, pray HARDER!”
And, of course, the faithful responded with promises to redouble their praying activities.
That night, “The prayers WORKED!!! Timmy’s fever is down to 101 and he is asking for something to eat. He is getting better!!! Thank you all and PRAISE GOD!”
What the hell?
When I hear these kind of stories I always picture St.Peter coming to god and saying… “Little Timmy is circling the drain, Lord. He’s got pneumonia and is spiking a dangerous fever. Some prayers are coming in for him.”
God repiles, “I KNOW Peter, who do you think GAVE him pneumonia?? Now, how many prayers have their been?
Peter: “958, so far Lord. Seems like a lot of people care about little Timmy.”
God: “Pffft… if that’s all, Timmy’s worm food. I’m going to make him worse. Tell you what, if the prayers top 2000, I’ll make him better. Otherwise, tough shit for Timmy…. hahahaha”
Peter: “Ok, I’ll text you if we hit 2000. By the way, there’s this orphanage on fire in South America… 200 kids are trapped inside.”
God:… “50,000… I don’t wanna hear about it until the prayers hit 50k dude. Don’t waste my time….”
The stupidity of people who believe that God answers prayers defies imagination. How can any intelligent person believe something that is so obviously ridiculous?