So, I just heard that someone I know was in a car accident. I don't know their religios affiliation, but if they were atheist (and I didn't know it), would it be offensive to say something like:
I’ll be praying for your full and quick recovery . . .
I love Dan Dennett's response to people who say they are praying for him:-- ""Well, thank you very much, and will you be sacrificing a goat as well ?! ""
Yes, it's very offensive to make that statement to someone in a difficult or desperate situation ! It's not about whether the person is offended or not, it's about one having enough common sense to keep their big deluded trap shut ! Good luck with that !
A person who is struggling with their health, or any other serious matter, shouldn't have to put up with the claptrap of the deluded, and the misleading and untrue promises that goddini and his magical healing show should begin momentarily when they get done being on their knees in petition.
"I'll be praying for you" is said mainly because 1.) they feel their skydaddy is in fact watching the conversation and must therefore suck up to and impress the big guy first and foremost 2.) They feel that even though it's highly unlikely that their prayer will be answered, they've got nothing to lose by making the statement and can only save face and gain further points with daddy if the outcome, by chance, turned out favorable for the one suffering(He forgets though that daddy sees his doubts in the first place and makes note of it in the
3.) And finally, even though he doubts, or is perhaps even truly sincere, he says such a thing because he's simply an inconsiderate and immature fool. There's no other way to describe it. A fool. Petitioning the supposed magical and invisible power in an unnatural and absurd idea
, to bring help to a natural problem in our reality, is the earmark, dare I say benchmark, of being a mentally abnormal infantile behaving idiot....They don't see it that way of course, but it is what it is, and we certainly can't be faulted for being able to see it or pointing it out to them.
Last year my older sister said she was going to pray for me as I went in for a day procedure in the hospital. My exact words to her were ""I love you sis, and thanks for your genuine concern, but please don't do pray for me, and please stop insulting my intelligence by telling me you're going to, and finally please stop embarrassing yourself by doing such acts of futility..prayer doesn't work sis.""
Guess who got offended and hasn't talked to me much this past year ?