Dear Christians: Please Admit that Answered Prayer is Not Good Evidence for the Existence of Your God

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Christian: I think you are missing a couple of crucial points. Prayer is based on the will of another. It is a request and if the one being entreated does not wish to answer then he won’t. So the hit rate for prayer can’t be taken as proof or disproof. Prayer is not primarily about asking for things. It’s effect cannot be judged by that criteria. Prayer is hanging out with God.

Gary: So you would then agree that answered prayer is not good evidence for your god’s existence.

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In other words: Whatever happens, God did it. Why not just accept that events occur by chance?

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6 thoughts on “Dear Christians: Please Admit that Answered Prayer is Not Good Evidence for the Existence of Your God

  1. ‘Christian: I think you are missing a couple of crucial points. Prayer is based on the will of another. It is a request and if the one being entreated does not wish to answer then he won’t.’
    This isn’t what the Bible says though. Here are the words put into Jesus’ mouth:

    I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven (Matthew 18.19).

    And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith (Matthew 21.22).

    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11.24).

    Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14.13).

    I say to you, whatever you ask from the Father, He will give it to you in My name (John 16.23).

    Evidently Jesus is talking crap here, crap which you evidently don’t believe. Fair enough, but are you prepared to say Jesus got it wrong?
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    1. Great list!
      I’m going to repeat myself with this comment I wrote yesterday, that much of apologetics is trying to convince people the Bible doesn’t mean what it says.

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      1. Exactly!

        And I guarantee you the response of clever apologists:

        “How silly! YOU, Mr./Ms. Skeptic are an ignorant, knuckle-dragging fundamentalist. You can’t read the Bible literally, you fool. You need to study theology and philosophy in depth to understand what Jesus really meant to say in these passages.”

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        1. Yes, it’s too bad they don’t feel they need to do that to critique the religious books of other religions. The usual double standard.

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