She understands my sarcasm :)
I have seen this sentiment floating around recently...
Today, I wrote to a good friend who just discovered that he has cancer, and I told him that I was keeping him and his wife close to my heart. That's doing nothing, too. There's nothing I can do. I'm helpless. All I can say is that that he is supported and loved and important to me. That seems to be the same sentiment expressed -- by religious people -- when they say, "I'll keep you in my prayers." And, if it's expressed genuinely, how can letting someone who's sick and afraid know that you care be nothing, really?
I absolutely don't find it insulting, if it's offered to me from a place of love. It is a gift, and it means to me that someone who cares about me is going to keep me in their thoughts and heart, in a way that is meaningful to them.
I guess if someone said "I'll pray for you" in a passive-aggressive way, like, "I'll tap into my direct pipeline to god and speak to him on your behalf so that you can one day wake up and see the light," then, I guess, they can bite me.
It's all about intention. When my best friend flips me off, I know she does it out of love. When some jerkass on the road flips me off, that's another thing.
praying makes things worse for the person you pray for.
So yeah i would be pretty offended if they wished ill willed against yahweh.
I'm not easily offended to begin with. Even though, I know it doesn'y do anything, I usually ignore it. I think it's something theists like to say, but I believe very few actually do it. Either way it has no affect on me. Too many people these days are too easily offended. If it doesn't affect me, why should I let it bother me.
Just tell them you'd rather have money, if they're insistent (obviously they didn't get the point) then say "OK then, (sigh) I'll take the blow-job."
That should take you off their pray list. :D
Why should it bother you? It does not actually do anything apart from waste the time of the person praying and makes them feel better about themselves. What's not to like?
It does not actually do anything apart from waste the time of the person praying
In case you guys haven't noticed, nobody is praying.
"I'll pray for you" is a euphemism for "FUCK YOU! I HOPE YOU BURN YOU ATHEIST ASSHOLE!"
Obviously they can't say that, so they have to act pious.