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Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
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Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
I was a bit shocked. I was with two friends. I guess we looked pretty unassuming. I just wanted to play my mobile game with my friends.

I asked the man "what's the success rate?" and he initially 50% and then he caught himself and said 70% and then upped it to 100% (though I think he did say it depends on the circumstances). I was going to suggest it's no better than random chance but the conversation quickly moved on. Thankfully, he did say that prayer is no substitute for modern medicine so that was somewhat reassuring, when I pressed him on that. I did suggest that maybe prayer is a placebo as he said some are more receptive than others. Wasn't there that Harvard study on prayer? The one that said prayer makes little to no difference.

I ask him if prayer could make my friend with a missing arm grow a new arm. I didn't feel I really got an answer to that question. A bit frustrating to say the least. After a short conversation he said he had to go and pick up his child(ren) from school and left us.

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RE: Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
(May 2, 2019 at 3:18 pm)ReptilianPeon Wrote: I was a bit shocked. I was with two friends. I guess we looked pretty unassuming. I just wanted to play my mobile game with my friends.

I asked the man "what's the success rate?" and he initially 50% and then he caught himself and said 70% and then upped it to 100% (though I think he did say it depends on the circumstances). I was going to suggest it's no better than random chance but the conversation quickly moved on. Thankfully, he did say that prayer is no substitute for modern medicine so that was somewhat reassuring, when I pressed him on that. I did suggest that maybe prayer is a placebo as he said some are more receptive than others. Wasn't there that Harvard study on prayer? The one that said prayer makes little to no difference.

I ask him if prayer could make my friend with a missing arm grow a new arm. I didn't feel I really got an answer to that question. A bit frustrating to say the least. After a short conversation he said he had to go and pick up his child(ren) from school and left us.

I used to get that a lot, still do occasionally. People offered to pray that God would give me strength.  After a while, my standard reply came to be, 'Strength I've got.  What I could really use is a new eye.'  The rejoinder almost always takes some form of, 'That's not how God works', at which point I politely excuse myself and go back to whatever I was doing.

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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RE: Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
What exactly shocked you about it?
"There ought to be a term that would designate those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus, since the word 'Christian' has been largely divorced from those teachings, and so polluted by fundamentalists that it has come to connote their polar opposite: intolerance, vindictive hatred, and bigotry." -- Philip Stater, Huffington Post

always working on cleaning my windows- me regarding Johari
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RE: Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
I said I was not ill. I tried to be respectful about it and not engage in a petty 'point scoring exercise'. I hope I handled myself okay. I don't want to be seen to be discourteous. The man seemed nice enough, if misguided.

(May 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm)tackattack Wrote: What exactly shocked you about it?

It's never happened to me before. I live in a quaint town. Nothing much goes on. Not much religion where I live.

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RE: Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
From what you've told us you actually engaged in civil discussion so that's about as polite as any evangelist could expect (a rarity probably nowadays), especially randomly on the street.
"There ought to be a term that would designate those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus, since the word 'Christian' has been largely divorced from those teachings, and so polluted by fundamentalists that it has come to connote their polar opposite: intolerance, vindictive hatred, and bigotry." -- Philip Stater, Huffington Post

always working on cleaning my windows- me regarding Johari
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RE: Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
Forgot to mention the Jehovah Witnesses that were sat behind us with their book display (he was not one of them) and I was sorely tempted to say something about blood transfusions. Maybe not a good idea to involve them too. Plus, they are no trouble at all - only sitting quietly amoungst themselves - and I can walk by them without worry.

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RE: Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
(May 2, 2019 at 3:51 pm)tackattack Wrote: From what you've told us you actually engaged in civil discussion so that's about as polite as any evangelist could expect (a rarity probably nowadays), especially randomly on the street.

Too right.  I try to make it a point to be polite to these people - they mean well, regardless of what I think of what they believe.  Nearly every time I've been approached like this, the person trying to bring me the 'good news' has been civil.  Such people deserve to be treated in kind.

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If somebody wants to involve me on any level with their religion - is it too much to ask that rather than prayers, I get tithes???

Seriously - I think ten percent of their income will have far more impact on my life than them mumbling my name before they go to bed.
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RE: Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
The concept of "praying for somebody" on demand is quite insulting in my perspective. Praying is not a magical spell.

You should pray to God by your own self; if God really exists and really listens; he will answer you.
The religious institution -with its Muslim and Christian branches-forced a monopoly on the idea of praying and accepting the prayer.
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RE: Somebody came up to me offering to pray for me today
I try to be polite since I live in a community of Holy Rollers. I keep a low profile. Best joke about prayer: Prayer is like masturbation.Feels good, does nothing for tne person you're thinking of.
God thinks it's fun to confuse primates. Larsen's God!






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