Prayer: How to do nothing and still think you’re helping
This post is dedicated to every religionist who:
- Responds to hearing of hard times of others with prayer, rather than actually doing something or making a donation when such acts are well within their abilities, and still feels like they have made a meaningful moral act. One would not consider it a moral act to, upon hearing of suffering, tap the shoulder of the person next to them and ask them to help the sufferers while they them self are doing nothing. So people can stop feeling morally satisfied with themselves for tapping their God of choice’s shoulder and asking him to make everything better while they continue to do nothing.
- Gets squarely out-argued in a theist debate but rather than conceding that they have failed to defend their beliefs and that they have serious thinking to do, simply says “W-w-well IIIII believe that we were created by a loving God, and I will pray for you”.
- To every person who responds to one of my heretical posts and those of other nonbelievers with “I will pray for you”. While I can be truly appreciative of those who genuinely mean well in saying this – it is, after all, the thought that counts – the photo above captures pretty nicely my assessment of what can reasonably be expected of such prayer efforts.