“What god wants” is just what you want wrapped in an attempt to elicit reverence and deference while simultaneously avoiding justification and examination.
Hi, I was on the #prayer tag and I saw one of the things you posted and I was hoping that you were willing to have a conversation albeit one sided about it? First I want to tell you that I’m in the middle of recovering from a deep spiritual crisis at the moment. It’s been recommended to me by my therapist that I pray as there’s been research to suggest that it helps and it has helped me a lot. Research also suggests that prayer for others is helpful too although no one can exactly explain why.
what your “deep spiritual crisis” actually was, but for me it pretty much
sounds that you were back on the right track, probably questioning things of
your belief that just don’t make sense. you were about to reactivate critical
thinking, giving logic and reason a chance again…?
to hear you got a “therapist” (who most probably and miraculously has the same
belief system) that drags you back down in the swamp. but that’s how religious memes unfortunately
work; if anyone tries to get out of line, corrective action is immediately administered.
you tell your “therapist”, just to test him, that you started praying to satan
and see how he reacts? or zeus? or huitzilopochtli, the aztec god of sun and
war? after all, if prayer really has some effect it should work with all gods,
I just needed you to know that prayer (no matter what it’s doing) when it’s sincere it is helpful. If a person offers to pray for you that is an extraordinarily kind gesture. It is going to the highest power they know to potentially help you in ways they can’t. Therefore, I don’t think this should be dismissed so carelessly. In addition, when I pray (perhaps even for myself) I am processing my emotions better, becoming more self aware of stuff, and it is helping me live a healthier life.
did you notice how your post is only about how prayer benefits the one praying? at the same time the
one being prayed for, who is not getting any actual help, is not considered at all
oh, no, wait, not true: he damn better be grateful and “should not dismiss
it so carelessly”…
and you don’t
see anything one-sided, selfish and hypocritical in this picture?