[Okay, I'm gonna try this again. The first time I did this post, everything disappeared except for the first paragraph.]

A couple days ago, a 7-year-old girl in Illinois went missing. Of course, a Facebook friend (a Christian) posted a plea for prayers for the missing girl.  The next day, a body was found, and it turned out to be the murdered little girl.  Her uncle is being held in custody, presumably as a suspect in her murder.  So the Christian Facebook friend posted:

Thank you for all who prayed for the missing girl in Effingham. The body they found earlier today has been identified as the missing girl's. They are holding her uncle in custody. 
Praying for this family and holding my little ones tightly.

To which one of her friends replied: "Thankfully Jesus is holding her now!"

I'm sure atheists reading this blog will immediately see a couple problems that Christians who read the posts don't even consider:

  1. All those prayers that were requested the day before the girl's body was found didn't work. While all those people were praying, "God" let the little girl get killed anyway.
  2. "Jesus is holding her now"? Seriously?  Where was Jesus, while the little girl was being murdered, presumably by a family member?

Now that I've "seen the light," so to speak, about the truth of atheism, reading the above posts makes me almost physically sick.  What do those people who were praying think about the efficacy of their prayers?  Did they just not pray hard enough?  Was it God's day off?  Or did God just not care about this particular little girl?  (Maybe her parents were atheists...)  If she had been found alive, I'm sure there would have been much rejoicing, in praise of the "awesome God" who saved the girl.  Since he didn't save her, they still rejoice, because she's with Jesus now(!)  I guess God wins, no matter the outcome.  They never stop to consider how ridiculous the whole exercise is.  No, they'll continue to offer prayers to their loving God, and marvel at how He is helping the family deal with this horror, just a day after that same God was apparently on a lunch break.  "Jesus loves the little children," eh?

This confirms in my mind that deserting my religion is definitely in my best interests...

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Comment by _Robert_ on September 11, 2013 at 7:03pm

Two football teams believe they will beat each other and pray equally. Well here it is in black and white....

MARK 11:24
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

God works in mysterious ways...

Comment by Doug Reardon on September 11, 2013 at 7:08pm

God works in mysterious ways, his wonders to behold!

Comment by Sagacious Hawk on September 11, 2013 at 9:57pm

It always makes me wonder why people even pray? It's not like their request is going to change anything. At some point, it's a wonder that people don't notice that their god just seems to do whatever the fuck he wants to and their prayers amount to nothing in the regard of changing an outcome.

Comment by H3xx on September 12, 2013 at 2:49am

God works in mysterious ways, almost like he's not even doing anything.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 12, 2013 at 7:54am

@A.T. Heist – Don’t view it as if you are deserting your religion – you are getting rid of a dead weight that was holding you back.  You are doing yourself a favor.

Comment by kOrsan on September 12, 2013 at 9:55am
  1. "Jesus is holding her now"? Seriously?  Where was Jesus, while the little girl was being murdered, presumably by a family member?

Probably watching and jacking it.

Comment by Ward Cressin on September 12, 2013 at 2:12pm

I loath the "God works in mysterious ways" line. If God exists then he only works in mysterious ways if you are a moron and/or you believe in a benevolent god. A god could easily fix so many things even without revealing itself but that never happens so there are only two conclusions: he doesn't exist or he is evil. I used the word "only" since I also used Occam's razor; any other explanation is unnecessarily complex.

If you look at the world as if God exists and keep in mind that he is evil, everything makes sense. Me, I'd rather see the universe as being devoid of any god. Plus, it's the even simpler explanation.

A.T. - if anyone tries to confront you about having gotten rid of your religious programming, I mean, losing your religion, ask them "Why does the world make sense if God is looked at as evil but doesn't make sense when you imagine God to be good?" Then ask them "Which is better: not believing in God or believing in an evil God?"

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 12, 2013 at 6:36pm

Hitchens, shortly before he died, spoke about the line “There for the grace of god go I” and he (as only he could) quipped that “Yes, because god has decided to inflict someone else instead.”

Of course he works in mysterious ways (yada yada) except when the believer decides that he knows what god means when it suits the confirmation bias. If it concurs with a belief then it is a sign, if not it is a mystery.

The other simple and overlooked point that I always like to point out is this. If your God has a plan for everyone then why bother praying for anything? You are asking you god to change his mind, to change his cosmic plan. If he permitted a child to be killed then it was part of his plan. So quit bothering him.

Yes, maybe he took time out to help you find your door keys. Yes, he cured you after you took your tablets. Isn’t it just wonderful that he suspended the natural laws of the Universe for you? No wonder you feel special.

Anyway while they are on their knees, engrossed in wishful thinking and mumbling to a non-existent  god, I will be doing something constructive.

Comment by Dr. Bob on September 12, 2013 at 11:26pm

Why would you think that God is a magical wish-genie, ready to bend the laws of the universe hither and yon at the whim of every human?

I suppose we can look at those Christians as being foolish because the imaginary wish-genie that you have made up didn't appear.   Perhaps a better conclusion is that your imaginary wish-genie version of God is a bit childish, and is not really what any real theist believes.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 13, 2013 at 3:45am

Perhaps a better conclusion is that your imaginary wish-genie version of God is a bit childish, and is not really what any real theist believes.

No real Scotsmen believe that? It is not my version of your God. Please Bob define your God for me as you still refuse to offer any evidence for such an  entities existence. What version of God do you believe in? A few of his traits please.

So your God is not an interventionist god? Christians don’t expect to receive when they ask? Bob, are you in the process of inventing your own religion? I have never met a Catholic or any other brand of Christian that did not believe in the power of prayer.

To me if someone if cured of an illness it is not a miracle because they were prayed for. Their god did not intervene and suspend the natural order of the Universe (Hume). They will pray for nice weather for a picnic and in the next breath for world peace. They think that they are in communication with their God, the creator of the Universe. Don’t you think that is delusional?


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