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    I'll admit to feeling really bitter towards prayer in general from when my aunt died... everyone was praying for her... even me in my agnostic non-praying way (which could probably better be described as bargaining )... my great grandma and her identical twin even skipped the Lawrence Welk show to go to prayer (bit sacrifice for an elderly midwestern sisterhood!)... they even held a special church service to pray for her and nothing happened... I skipped the prayer service to visit her instead, since everyone else was at the church

    nothing happened... fuck that :steam:

    though in a way I can see how prayer can be beneficial to those who do it... a manner of positive thinking and getting one's thoughts in order... like a meditation in a way

    I just can't really do it
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    nothing happened... fuck that :steam:
    God is not a vending machine, where you stick in your prayer, push the button, and get a candy bar. God is a parent, and sometimes the answer is 'no.'

    And you don't get to know why.

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    I was refering to how so many people just wasted their time doing something that had no effect when they could have been doing something more effective... prayer was a distraction that didn't work out well in the end
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    God is not a vending machine, where you stick in your prayer, push the button, and get a candy bar. God is a parent, and sometimes the answer is 'no.'

    And you don't get to know why.
    Somewhat depressing way to think of things...
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    God is not a vending machine, where you stick in your prayer, push the button, and get a candy bar. God is a parent, and sometimes the answer is 'no.' And you don't get to know why.
    At least your version of God.
    (although I happen to have a similar version)
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    Quote Originally Posted by spin-1/2-nuclei View Post
    the typical belief about a god/deity would suggest that he/she/it would at least grant you/the loved one the "strength" to handle the life events that you are experiencing.
    Yeah I think this makes sense. Drawing upon some spiritual source for strength. I'm not certain what the source is or if it's my own sense of spirituality or something else, but I can accept this.

    I do have trouble with praying for miracles/blessings though. I know people believe in the law of attraction and that sort of thing, but it's tough to think that it works in some situations but not in others without any real discernible reasons why, like Oberon says.

    I guess there isn't really much way to know either way.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Somewhat depressing way to think of things...
    Well, sometimes the answer is 'yes,' as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    God is not a vending machine, where you stick in your prayer, push the button, and get a candy bar. God is a parent, and sometimes the answer is 'no.'

    And you don't get to know why.
    He is more like a slot machine. You stick in your prayer, pull the handle and hope for the best. You stand there, "triple sevens, triple sevens" do your special machine rub, and end up with 3 cherries Rinse and repeat. Then walk off someone else puts a prayer in, pulls the handle, etc. and gets their prayer. So you go back, try copying thier methods (maybe they knocked on the machine instead of rubbing it).

    Eventually you start praying for 3 cherries...
    Im out, its been fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by poki View Post
    He is more like a slot machine.
    Not to the thoughtful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Not to the thoughtful.
    The thoughtful are the ones driving their own prayers If you are thoughtful for the sole purpose of having prayers acknowledged, then you might as well redirect that thoughtfullness in the right direction and improve the odds
    Im out, its been fun

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