Prayer has been an important subject in our lives, for millennia. Prayer has certainly been an important subject in my life: though not in the last few decades. had relevant modules, censored along with everything of mine by the fed, on the subject which I’ll resurrect here as I live, and link here as I get to them: meantime, I want to say one thing today: a thing that relates to the division in my life between the praying Paul and the no-longer-praying Paul.

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thanx barefootsworld

I was taught to pray as a child. I did it. So did my acquaintances. They stopped, so did I: but then I resumed. I didn’t notice them resuming. I prayed way on into adulthood.

But something about prayer always bothered me.
If God is omniscient, if God is just, if God is wise, what business do humans have even having an opinion of what he should do, what he should think: what he should give us, what he should withhold (or sabotage, or poison)? If God runs the universe, not us, leave him alone: and take what comes: without complaint, without opinion.

What business do Christians (or any others) have worrying about whether or not they’re “saved”? That’s God’s business! Our only business is to accept what he decides. Does the captain of a ship allow the passengers to pipe their voices onto the bridge:

I want caviar at dinner,
go left,
go right …
watch out for that iceberg?

On the other hand, what if God isn’t omniscient? What if he isn’t wise?
Then we should be assaulting the bridge, getting him off it, putting something intelligent there …

Shut up, pk: what would humans know about intelligence?

See The Arrogance of Prayer

Social Epistemology

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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