Here I am again, sitting in my room, contemplating how I am going to word this new blog post. It was supposed to be the first day of my new job but my boss called to tell me not to come in today due to yesterday's snowstorm. I don't update my blog as often these days because I feel like I've covered all the controversial topics that I feel passionate about. I don't seek out to be controversial just for the sake of being controversial. It's just kind of boring to write about things people will agree with.
One of the things that concerns me, and I know I've talked about this before, is peoples certainty about the power of prayer. A few years ago I was thinking a lot about this and wrote several posts on the topic. Then a friend almost had me convinced that prayer does work and I wrote a post how he changed my mind....But I've changed my mind back. To me, the idea that "God" has an active influence in the world today just doesn't make sense.
I hear it all the time in facebook statuses, "Please pray for me..." or "Thank you for your prayers for..." I can't avoid hearing people's delusions. And I don't mean any disrespect to these people. They really think prayer changes things. I respect their beliefs but I don't agree with them.
When a person prays under the inquiry of a brain scanner you will see a certain part of the brain light up and you will see stress levels start to go down. What does this tell us? It's all a science. That spiritual feeling and connection to "God" that you get when you pray or when you're in a worship service is all just your powerful brain at work.
But what about when it seems that your prayers have in fact been answered? Another question might be, What about when they aren't answered? The cop-out answer might be, "Well God doesn't always answer our prayers the way we would like. He works in mysterious ways." I heard that many times when I was growing up. Let me just say this, when I get depressed or stressed out I feel like life really sucks, but then something good always comes around and picks me up again....And I didn't even pray to God to help me get through the hard times. That's just how life works. Things are bad, then their good. Ever heard Frank Sinatra's song "That's Life"? It's one of my favorites. So when you pray and it appears that it was answered, that happens weather you pray or not. I can't say it enough, life goes on!
Lastly, and this I've definitely talked about before, but it really bugs me when people thank "God" for things such as food. Thousands of people die everyday from starvation. When you thank "God" for food you are basically saying that he picks favorites, that he makes a conscious decision as to who gets food and who doesn't. You can be glad and dare I say, thankful, that you have the nourishment of food but don't be putting the blame on a higher being.
Thank you for reading. If you have any thoughts let me know. I love discussions. You can't learn from anyone who agrees with you.