I have had atheist ask me to not pray for them . I don't understand this. If G-d is not real then my prayers are nothing .Answer Question
Answer by ABeaverhausen at 8:39 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:56 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
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Answer by tnm786 at 9:03 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
As you can see from the replies so far, not everyone is offended. Some are, and with good reason. Some don't really care what you do with your time.
What I get from "I'll pray for you" is: I can't (or won't) do anything to help you in a real sense, so I'll put out happy thoughts for you and hope for a positive change. There's the saying that two hands working are better than a thousand hands clasped in prayer.
I also like the point made on the first page asking how you'd respond if a Satanist offered to pray to Satan on your behalf.
As for me, it's your time to do with as you please. Prayers do nothing for me - nothing harmful, and nothing positive, so essentially, the prayer is for your benefit, not mine.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:06 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
Also, I put forth a challenge to a Christian on another debate page a while ago. I told her that she's welcome to pray for me. In fact, I asked her to have everyone she knows pray for me to know their god and believe in him (make sure that the prayer is a combined effort toward the same goal - the experiment would be meaningless if everyone prayed for something different), and she could even get a prayer chain started with other churches - get thousands of people to pray for me, if she could. If her god is real, and if prayer is truly effective, then something would happen, right? I'd "see the light" and whatever changes needed to happen to help me believe would come about. That's what the Bible promises, right? Nothing has happened so far. Maybe she hasn't started praying for me yet. Why don't you, OP?
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:17 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
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