Jesus withdraws?

First off, I’m not making fun of religion. I’m perfectly happy to be agnostic & let everyone else believe what they want – or at least most of them. I get annoyed when people criticize someone for following a religion, even if I think that belief system is utter baloney. I get even more annoyed when people prey on people who pray.

In today’s mail I got a wonderful envelope stuffed full of suggestions of what I need to pray for. It appears that an all-knowing God needs me to properly file my desires for a better world with one church in order for Him to get to them in a timely manner. Included was a folded paper “prayer rug” where Jesus would look up at you with big puppy-dog eyes and a donation envelope with check boxes of common prayer requests. And, my personal favorite part, success stories from people whose prayers were answered.

So why do people need someone to pray for them? The one foundation of my personal beliefs, and the one that I can’t stand if others disagree with is that all people are created equal. I know, one person’s IQ may be higher, or another may be a faster runner, but every human life is of equal value. Why is it that only certain people can get God’s ear? Do you really believe that your heartfelt prayer will have trouble reaching its destination if you don’t have someone else send it for you? Just because you may not have as melodic of a voice or be able to chant in Latin (which Jesus didn’t speak, so why is it used anyway?) doesn’t mean you don’t count as much on the scales of Heaven.

Second, you’re sending money to a stranger who says they will pray based on what you’ve requested. What are the chances they will even be able to pronounce your name? Assembly line prayers – take the money out of the envelope & start saying “God please watch over… Ju, Je…Jennifer, I think?… in her…desire for a boat, a new car, and… something about her dad and the hospital, it looks like – oh, and grant her some better handwriting while you’re at it.”

I’ll wrap this up – people really do need help from others. The tsunami victims in Japan, for starters. The abundance of illnesses that claim millions of lives each year. Depression, physical abuse, drug addiction. Do the world a favor – don’t send $5 to someone who will say a few words in your honor, send it to a charity. Just over one month from now I’ll be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s fundraiser at the local zoo and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Children’s Cancer Research head-shaving event – I’ll get my head shaved if people donate money. I’m not going to post the links to donate to me – if you want to support me in this be my guest, but that’s not why I’m ranting. If you believe in a higher power, that’s fine – just remember that you can make more of a difference through your actions than with a thousand prayers.

  1. #1 by Wayne Burress on November 6, 2012 - 7:27 am

    You showed fairness and insight in what I perceive from your comments. I agree with you – give money to those you see in need around you. And prayer is not like placing an “order” at a fast-food drive-in. Prayer is simply talking with God. Prayer helps us build a relationship with him through trust and thanksgiving.

    When disaster comes, most people blame God when they should be blaming the evil one, Satan. All bad is the result from sin that began in the garden of Eden.

    The Evil one deceives us in many ways. Sad to say, some examples are even found among those who say they are followers of Jesus (like Judas). So regardless of how we think, deceit is all around us. I personally, have yet to find any deceit from the mouth of Jesus. Examine historical facts to better know the reality of the Jesus. A physician once wrote that “you may know the certainty” concerning of the events in the life of Jesus.

    This response is in no way a blast at the comments in the above article. In fact, I think it was an excellent description of many people. It just gives me an opportunity to express my life’s hope in the future with Jesus.

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