All Blog Posts Tagged 'prayer' (43)

God Answers Prayers Of Paralyzed Little Boy--'No,' Says God

From the wonderful parody site The Onion:

 

Said Angela Schlosser, a day nurse who witnessed the Divine Manifestation: "An incredible, booming voice said to Timmy, 'I am the Lord thy God, who created the rivers and the mountains, the heavens and the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars. Before Me sits My beloved child, whose faith is that of the mustard seed from which grows mighty and powerful things. My child, Timmy Yu, I say unto you thus: I have heard your…

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Added by Samuel H. Kenyon on January 23, 2011 at 2:06pm — 3 Comments

Omniscience

Omniscience: the capacity to know everything infinitely, all knowing, infinitely wise...

 

This is a trait often attributed to deities. The Christian god is no exception. Yet is seems that the words of believers and their own holy book fly in contrast to this claim, as I will illustrate.

 

Free Will: Many a theist will tell you that God has a perfect divine plan for us but that we also have free will. Meaning that we may make choices that go…

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Added by James on January 16, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

In Which I'm Still Not Smited (Smote? Smitten?)

I can only assume a few things at this point.



  1. Someone's praying against my smiting.
  2. I'm being set up for a last-minute, unexpected…
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Added by Laura Foster on January 4, 2011 at 11:31am — 13 Comments

My Story

I figure this is a decent enough place to post my leaving of religion, especially since it might help the people here get to know me better.

 

My dislike of church started young. I was never really brought, and although my mother was raised catholic and my dad in a church-ridden area, I never heard anything but hatred of the tithing system growing up--we apparently had a few churches, that when they began going, asked immediately how much of my parent's income could be promised…

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Added by Jonel Burge on December 17, 2010 at 8:44pm — 2 Comments

And what if I prayed? This is what came out

(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN SU NOMBRE EN VANO)

As an atheist I don't pray. To me it's no different from talking to the air, or to the ceiling if I'm laying on my bed. Since I know it makes no difference in this world, I don't give up to such wishful thinking. However, I have friends who do pray. I think we all have. One of them is a pastor, a really nice guy who for me is kind of hard to see as the…

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Added by Diego on December 14, 2010 at 9:21pm — 3 Comments

Prayer vs. Work

I've got an online friend who's been having it rough lately. Dialysis, loss of work, bills piling up, you get the idea. As a friend it's hard to see someone having a hard time, knowing that you can't fix it for them.… Continue

Added by Laura Foster on November 12, 2010 at 11:23am — 2 Comments

How and why a theist friend of mine believes what she does

So... this is Elena's life story. Lol. Or so she says. Spanish is her native language so some of it is hard to understand because her English isn't quite perfect. We're online friends, we talk on twitter and on YouTube... we're both fanvideo makers which is how we "met". Natalia is my online friend and Elena's online friend too, all 3 of us are friends... ;) Natalia just posted this fanvideo, which had to do with atheism, last night:… Continue

Added by luvtheheaven on November 4, 2010 at 8:00pm — 21 Comments

an athiest writes a prayer letter

my mom completly ignores my athiesm.



today she asked me to wirte an e-mail the church for prayer for her surgury.



guess what i actually did it, and i have to say i've still got the religous langueage right.



but i find it facinating that she didn't hesitate to ask me even though i haven't gone to church with her for years.



another night she asked the family to pray with her, i told her no but she won't hear it, so cause i feel bad i "pray" with her, (hold… Continue

Added by Bluradio on November 3, 2010 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Flock Joins the Gulf Oil Relief Efforts

You've heard me rant about how clearly useless prayer is. This week CNN had an article about an Alabama church that used to hold summer services on the beach but was displaced by cleanup efforts.



This is interesting on several levels.





Clean-up efforts forced the congregation from the sandy beach up to a concrete pavilion, "partly due to the relief workers basically taking away our beach. We’re glad they are, but that is the situation," said the Rev. Lance Moore,…
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Added by Pesci on July 17, 2010 at 11:16am — 1 Comment

Praying for Hitchens











Christopher Hitchens is one of the few people in this world that I truly look up to. What makes me look up to him? Because he says that we should not have any idols or put anyone else in too high of regard. So in that sense I admire him for a quality that he possesses.



As you may know, last month my man Hitch announced that he had cancer. The cancer is in his esophagus and from everything I've read it has a relatively low survival rate because it is… Continue

Added by Pesci on July 17, 2010 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Ironic Health Care Positions

Has anyone seen this going around Facebook?
DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK

MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL

JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK

OBAMA. AMEN.



I'm not going to get into their picks for favorite actors and singers. I'm not even going to get into the fact that they are… Continue

Added by Matthew on April 22, 2010 at 12:28pm — 8 Comments

"Can you do me a favor? I just want you to pray about it."

The conversation takes place between me and someone I've been friends with for the past 5 years. We were discussing some issues that I've been dealing with that have been difficult. She's a Christian, (like the majority of my friends). I know she loves me and cares about me, and she's always been there for me when I needed her but things got a bit unnerving for me when she wrote " Can you do me a favor?" I knew it was coming. "I just want you to pray about it" Here's how the conversation…

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Added by Shanika on April 19, 2010 at 12:46pm — 31 Comments

In Laws

My wife and I are not out about our views, at least not directly. I think that most of our VERY conservative and christian family suspects that we are not like them, but they just don't know exactly how different we are.

Anyways, I do love my family. I also love my wife's family. I would not deliberately hurt them. I think that in order for our children to have a relationship with any of their grandparents, its best if we just let sleeping dogs lie, and let them think we have just fallen… Continue

Added by Clint Miller on January 19, 2010 at 10:22pm — 5 Comments

And just like that, I was dead.

No, seriously! I was dead, just for a few minutes, but dead nonetheless. Long story short, on Sept. 25th an allergic reaction to a supposedly innocuous pill, caused my throat to close, shutting off my breathing and within minutes I was dead, literally.



But this rant is not about my ordeal from that night, which I can’t deny, was scary and surreal, and ultimately ended up with me waking up in the hospital, incredibly tired, with a sore throat and an extremely bruised chest, after 7… Continue

Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on December 22, 2009 at 5:35pm — 9 Comments

Prayer my ass

My stepson is a devout Catholic. It bothers him that I have an atheist website and a presence on several atheist forums. He has an account on my member forum, at AtheistExile.com, and follows the conversations there as a lurker instead of a participant.



He told me I should try prayer, just for a little while, to see if they come true or not.



I never approach my family members on the subject of religion but if they approach me about it, I don't hold back unless I see them… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on December 2, 2009 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Prayer is Not Medical Care [UPDATED AGAIN]

HR 3200 - Prayer is Not Medical Care



Tucked into the health care reform bill passed by Sen. Harkin’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee is a mandate that insurers reimburse for “religious or spiritual health care” that is classified as a deductible medical care expense by the Internal Revenue Service. See S.1679, Section…
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Added by Johnny on October 24, 2009 at 11:00am — 24 Comments

Prayer Spam: How to Do Nothing and Still Think You're Helping

Anyone who has spent more than a few seconds on my site knows where I stand on religion. My anti-theist stance is quite clearly proclaimed everywhere here, from the scarlet A and Random Evil Scripture block to the various books I've read, even those of faith have no trouble figuring out my views.



I have my email address easily accessible in the footer, available for anyone to contact me if desired, and I do… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on August 20, 2009 at 2:03pm — 6 Comments

A Word on Comfort

We all like to be comfortable, don't we? We enjoy the luxuries of everyday life, whether it's the expensive company car or the gourmet food in your pantry. Everyone likes to be comfortable.

Yet, as it is, you can't always have the best of everything, and that stands true for most aspects of life. Sometimes, you have to ride the bus because that company car broke down, and sometimes, you have to buy generic. That's just the way it is.

Now, what do most people do when things aren't… Continue

Added by Rhiannon Smith on July 25, 2009 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Lord's Prayer in Latin

PATER noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum.

Adveniat regnum tuum.

Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra.

Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.

Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo.

Amen.

Added by Jin-oh Choi on May 15, 2009 at 9:12am — 2 Comments

National Day of Prayer

Today (May 7, 2009) is the "National Day of Prayer", which became a law in 1952 under President Harry Truman after Rev. Billy Graham lead a six-week crusade in Washington. Believers and nonbelievers alike have spoken out against a government sanctioned day of prayer.



J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, said "it is not the government's job to tell the American people what, where or when… Continue

Added by Pam on May 7, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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