Prayer – just crap

Prayer? Did anyone pray for the welfare of people everywhere? And, in case, why not, in the context of an extant omni-being?

To be realistic, one cannot assume or define 0.005% as a “success rate” or as sufficient evidence, in any evaluation regarding the effectiveness or non-effectiveness of prayer. And one should not be so irrational as to suggest that it was a case of God saying “No” to innumerable supplications that accounted for the failure rate of 99.995%. It is definitely more rational to acknowledge an uncomfortable truth than to argue spuriously over a comfortable lie. If a certain type of cancer has, say, a survivorship rate of only 5%, and if twenty people are currently afflicted with this cancer, it can be assumed that only one of them will survive. Assuming, as a matter of fact, that only one survives, for all their fervent praying to God for a cure or remission, this lone survivor may not of course be aware of the death of the other nineteen people who have also prayed, or of the relevant statistical ratio of survivorship for this particular disease, and may attribute his recovery to his prayer or divine intervention. Being ignorant can be blissful.

Statistics in the main are about reality, and the insurance premium for your car or house or personal being are based on statistical information. One can’t avoid living with that.

Let’s hear a few comments about prayer made by other people. Peter O’toole [born Aug 2, 1932; an Irish-born film and stage actor] apparently discovered that he was just talking to himself when he was praying, vide his comment: Everything is more or less organized matter. To think so is against religion, but I think so just the same. When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself. The following comment was allegedly made by Gypsy Rose Lee [February 9, 1911–April 26, 1970 an American actress and burlesque entertainer]: Praying is like a rocking chair—it’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere. Another noteworthy comment about prayer was allegedly made by W. C. Fields [January 29, 1880–December 25, 1946, was an American comedian and actor]: Prayers never bring anything… They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas. Emo Philips, an American stand-up comedian, reportedly said this, after having gone through an experience: When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me. Who said: Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer – was evidently someone with a realistic viewpoint, and there is substance in this statement and in this one, from Frederick Douglass: I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs; Douglass [1818–1895] was an American author, statesman and reformer and one of the most prominent figures in United States history.

You may think you are contributing by praying but in reality you are just praying but not contributing. Someone said: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give him a religion and he will starve to death praying for a fish. I came across this post in an Internet website: “As I continue to ‘molt’ away the last vestiges of my Christian faith, it’s letters like these (from a church I used to visit) that only confirm the absence of any god: ‘We have all been praying for little baby … [name], unfortunately he passed away early this morning. Please pray for his family, especially his parents. As you can imagine they are taking it very badly! They really need prayers and comfort from God right now!’ Prior to this, there were many heartfelt and no doubt sincere prayer requests for this little baby. I guess god felt it best he just freakin’ die. Gee….thanks Jesus!!!!” This attracted rejoinders from several people, and one rejoinder reads: I’m sure that these idiots have already hit the family with “the little angel is at home with the lord!” or the one my mom always used about my 11 year old brother who was electrocuted, “he was so spiritual and loved God so much, God just took him out of this evil world and now he’s with Jesus”. Of course, I always wondered why god didn’t send a ‘chariot of fire’ to “TAKE” him, like he did for Elijah. Why did …[name] have to suffer so much pain, and flop on the ground as he fought for his last breath?! Oh, the lengths that man goes to, to try and help out their man-made god!

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