I don't have all the answers. I'm just giving my perspective.
If you don't know why you hold certain opinions, it's best to re-examine them with more exigence.
I guess, sort of. But I make a distinction between bringing something to God in prayer (as He wants us to) and demanding that He answer the prayer the way we want. If you look at the Lords Prayer, that is the model given to us.
What can you possibly offer an omnimax deity who knows what you are thinking not only in the present, but also future, and can calculate the infinite permutations of posibilities that are 'alternate futures' diverging from his Plan(TM)?
Googled said prayer and what I undestood it also makes requests from God. Asking him to give you bread (assure your well-being) and forgive your sins is also a request. What if he wants
you to be starving and sinful? In fact, since he's such a huge fan of predestination and some people end in hell, doesn't it mean he knew and willingly created those people with the thought and intention of sending them towards eternal damnation?
Studies have shown that 6 out of 10 Christians actually lose mobile phones more than car keys. Please adjust this always amusing jibe accordingly.
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Hope I didn't offend anyone suffering from lost cellphones, I know from personal experience it's something not even my worst enemies should face. Too bad my charger doesn't have a paging function like the receiver on the wireless landline!
My point was that you probably don't know people like this personally. That they exist is not in dispute.
Maybe you should spend more time reflecting on the fact that most Christians who you actually know in real life aren't extremist nut-jobs.
Does it matter whether I know anyone like that? You don't know where I'm from, what if I were to come out and say "Oh, I knew those guys! They are totally John & Jane Doe, who live across the street from my Nana. I used to play soccer with them every summer, real bummer what they did
" ? Would it change my argument?
Can you be more specific? Which Christians (that you know) support which organisation?
Uhm, the various protests of Christians against homosexuality, abortion, women getting equal rights? Churches who ask for donations? Actively preaching there's a bearded man in the sky that watches you masturbate to cartoon ponies and cries, but can't do jack about dying and abused people because ~he works in mysterious ways~
? Teaching complacency and submissiveness instead of skepticism and rationality alongside lies about the nature of the universe? Do I really need to give links? I explained why religion is harmful in this post
, do read it if you have the time.