The actual Large Queries: The actual Ideas associated with Prayer and Miracles.
September 10, 2020 Business
Does prayer work? Not really a snowball’s chance in Heck – not too there really is a Heck of course. The proof of the pudding is of course, if prayer really worked, there will be a miracle for the reason that we’d all be lotto winners or at least pretty rich and famous! We’d be total successes at our jobs, inside our relationships, have perfect partners and perfect children. And our cars wouldn’t break up! Further, the sun would shine down on us every single day of our lives.
Even if most of us just prayed for nutrients generally, not personal things in particular, and if our benevolent prayers really worked, then there would be no disease or suffering or crime or wars, etc. We’d all reside in a utopian Camelot. But we don’t! After all, come every Christmas and Easter, the Pope publicly prays for world peace. That’s noble of him. But, come next Christmas and Easter, he’s to do it yet again! Now if the Pope can’t get results, what a cure for the great unwashed?
Since a result, that’s, world peace (as one of many possible examples), hasn’t happened; it’s obviously false, then either God doesn’t exist, or doesn’t answer prayers. If the latter, then God doesn’t offer a tinkers damn about us, why should we offer a tinkers damn about Him (again, being traditional and assuming the masculine)? If we don’t give a darn, then Gods existence, or not enough existence, is actually irrelevant.
Think of those trillions of man-hours (sorry, person-hours) wasted on the centuries by those in search for an illusion – that praying brought results. You don’t think our world today is really a better place for all that time, effort and energy? No? Then I say again – just what a waste. Further, no scholarly studies ever done on the beneficial results of praying have ever shown that praying works.
If prayer does appear to work at times on a personal level, it’s probably more an instance of mind-over-matter, the power of positive thinking, and comparable to the placebo pill in medicine. Every now and again, the improbable happens. Just because you prayed for an improbable event doesn’t mean the prayer worked, and therefore that there’s a God who answered it.
Further, as in the event of supposed miracles, prayer validation is also a highly selective bookkeeping exercise in that a hit is documented and displayed for the whole world to see; a miss is never mentioned or discussed.
Quasi related will be the buzz words’faith’and’ritual ‘. In terms of I can tell, all of the faith in the world in a supernatural being isn’t planning to heal up a broken leg any faster, or anything in the same type of basket. You’d be hard pressed to offer evidence that having faith yields extra positive results in accordance with those devoid of faith. In the same vein, religions thrive on ritual. Try this at such-and-such a period; don’t do that on such-a-such day of the week; observe this; cross yourself thus, eat (or don’t eat) that at the moment; adopt this posture in this example, etc. Even the military isn’t quite as strict in its rules and regulations (rituals)! Anyway, observing all of the rituals part and parcel of a specific religion, acim lesson 1 with regards to effectiveness, a pathway to the good life doesn’t really seem to obtain you any extra brownie points. It strikes me as another sociological exemplory case of ass-kissing because you’re told to kiss ass by authority figures who, I gather, in cases like this derive said authority from a supernatural being which is why there is no evidence. Sorry sheep; it’s all an instance of the blind leading the blind.
Having dispatched the power of prayer, here’s my take on the related idea of miracles.
I’d better define just what After all by a miracle, as it buzz word has been so overused, especially in marketing, that it has lost all real meaning. After all you will find miracle detergents, miracle drugs, miracle discoveries, miracle anything and everything. I’ve actually read scientists, who ought to know better, who utilize the word’miracle’when they really mean unexpected or against all odds. If you obtain dealt a noble flush, you’d say it is a miracle. But it isn’t. There are items that are plausible, possible, probable, and improbable. Then you will find items that are downright impossible. If something considered impossible happens, then it is a bona fide miracle. A highly improbable event, like being dealt a noble flush, isn’t a miracle. A bona fide miracle would be for an amputated limb to regenerate. No doubt amputees have prayed for this kind of miracle – alas, it ain’t ever happened.
So my definition of a miracle can be an occurrence that goes totally contrary to the grain of any kind of chance for this kind of happening, happening. Magic is only a miracle if the big event defies the impossible, not just improbable odds. So, winning the lottery isn’t a miracle because it is a plausible event. However, there is no medical science that may explain the regeneration of an amputated limb. If this event happened; absolutely documented, that will be a miracle and considerable evidence for the existence of a supernatural God. Magic pizza (and I’ve seen them so advertised) isn’t, since it’s possible to create a great tasting pizza!
Take the sum total of all so-called miracles and subtract those events which are unlikely but possible, from those who are absolutely impossible in accordance with modern science. What’s the bona fide residue – zero, zip, zilch.
So, one of many alleged, albeit in a strange way, in which God works, is always to answer prayers, and create or oversee miracles. Has there ever been any miracle, anywhere, undisputed and totally accepted by science as factual and unexplainable? If so, science would have bowed to the truth of God long ago. No, I claim that miracles are either misinterpretations, fabrications, wishful thinking/delusions, sleight-of-hand (magic) or evidence of advanced technology! Dump someone living 4000 years ago to the 21st Century and without doubt this kind of person would find nearly all of our civilization a completely miraculous one. Dump us to the 31st Century and we’d rely on miracles too!
There’s another issue in that when God were all powerful, He wouldn’t need to execute certain miracles. Some miracles seem to become a band-aid means to fix an issue that shouldn’t have existed in the very first place, if an all powerful, all knowing God had been on His toes because it were. As an example, say you visit a doctor Monday morning, and he informs you that you have incurable cancer. Monday night you pray to God to rid you of the affliction. Tuesday morning you find that the cancer moved! That is a miracle – well certainly not since now and an unusual again, cancer goes into remission. That aside, wouldn’t it have been easier if God had ensured that the incurable cancer had never are suffering from in the very first place? Concerning loaves and fishes, it would have been safer to have ensured a sufficient supply of food in the very first place! Miracles in such cases I suggest are God’s correction fluid or whiteout! An all knowing, all powerful God wouldn’t need correction or whiteout fluid!
The reason you simply get medical miracles that defy the improbable odds, as opposed to beating impossible odds? As an example, have any one of those unfortunate thalidomide victims ever all of a sudden, overnight say, awakened to locate they will have fully functioning limbs as opposed to stumps? Surely this kind of miracle is God’s power – nonetheless it ain’t ever happened.
Then you will find the show-off (‘wow, look at me, ain’t I something!’ ) type of miracles that serve no real purpose or don’t imply any’oops, I goofed’scenario – like walking on water. Although some miracles totally shatter the laws of physics, like creating something out of nothing, parting bodies of water just like the Red Sea, or simply plain walking on water (and therefore are relegated to those impossible things one tends to just accept before breakfast once you breakfast in fairy-dairy land), many so-called miracles are simply improbable happenings that do happen now and again due to pure statistical probabilities. You’ll hear concerning the miracle where someone was cured of a supposedly incurable illness due to prayer, or someone was found alive in a earthquake induced collapsed developing a fortnight after-the-fact or survived that horrific car crash. That you do not hear about another 9,999 exactly similar cases where anyone snuffed it in the natural, probable way of things. IMHO, miracles are a good example of highly selective bookkeeping, like only counting the deposits and never the withdrawals, only in the event of miracles, you tick and publicize the hits and ignore and sweep underneath the carpet the misses.