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Agreed.
As Desmond Tutu said, I have never seen pizza fall out of the sky. If you see starvation, you should do more than pray- actually provide food for those you see starving.
That was the point i was making, why pray? action counts much more. Jesus said it multiple times in Matthew, feed the poor and THEN come follow me. Christians ignore that verse and run with Paul.
 

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That was the point i was making, why pray? action counts much more. Jesus said it multiple times in Matthew, feed the poor and THEN come follow me. Christians ignore that verse and run with Paul.
Prayer is how we communicate with God. Constant dialogue with Him in as many circumstances in life as possible. You may find it eerie, but it has become more important over the years.
Committing my day to God every morning is important, and when i don't get that chance, I try and do it later.
In every situation, dealing with staff at work, with clients, with those that serve anywhere, any contact I have, yes, BF people too, I TRY and prayerfully answer. Does it always work, No.
But sometimes the emotion of negative posts gets you down, but so be it.

Can you imagine having a relationship and never communicating? Not going to last long.
 

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Prayer is how we communicate with God. Constant dialogue with Him in as many circumstances in life as possible. You may find it eerie, but it has become more important over the years.
Committing my day to God every morning is important, and when i don't get that chance, I try and do it later.
In every situation, dealing with staff at work, with clients, with those that serve anywhere, any contact I have, yes, BF people too, I TRY and prayerfully answer. Does it always work, No.
But sometimes the emotion of negative posts gets you down, but so be it.

Can you imagine having a relationship and never communicating? Not going to last long.
what makes you sleep at night, you missed the whole point, i was talking about scriptures, not what you believe in.
 

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I believe in the scriptures, and try adhering to them as much as practically can be done.
Clearly, communicating here is a different context to those people we deal with face to face.
Confirmation bias, anecdotal evidence of biased pre-conceived ideas of all convinced Christians.

There's been studies done, on Chrsitian and Muslim prayers, based on actual Christian and Muslim families, have a look, cut the bias out and have a read.

I posted 2 of the largest studies ever done, worldwide. Yeah i know.... lol
 

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what makes you sleep at night, you missed the whole point, i was talking about scriptures, not what you believe in.
Sleep has never been a strength, even as an infant,my mum told me she would walk in to see how I was, and I would be lying there eyes open as soon as she walked in.
Now, I seem to get by on 5 hours a day.
 

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Sleep has never been a strength, even as an infant,my mum told me she would walk in to see how I was, and I would be lying there eyes open as soon as she walked in.
Now, I seem to get by on 5 hours a day.
What's the point? i can stay awake for 72 hours without a nap even, i couldn't as an infant now i can. My business is huge now, i have many employees and foreign officies to manage, so add stress to that. I can now bear a lot more than i could 20 years ago as a Christian.
 

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Confirmation bias, anecdotal evidence of biased pre-conceived ideas of all convinced Christians.

There's been studies done, on Chrsitian and Muslim prayers, based on actual Christian and Muslim families, have a look, cut the bias out and have a read.

I posted 2 of the largest studies ever done, worldwide. Yeah i know.... lol
Thanks.
Prayer may not heal, but the dialogue with God can still be therapeutic.
I know this to be real.
 

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Thanks.
Prayer may not heal, but the dialogue with God can still be therapeutic.
I know this to be real.
I can answer this easily, it's not about god/gods you pray too, prayer works for you but not due to the resson you think it is



Studies can verify that those who pray are affected by the experience, including certain physiological outcomes. An example of a study on meditative prayer was the Bernardi study in the British Medical Journal in 2001. It reported that by praying the rosary or reciting yoga mantras at specific rates, baroreflex sensitivity increased significantly in cardiovascular patients.[9]

Studies have suggested that prayer can reduce psychological stress, regardless of the god or gods a person prays to, a result that is consistent with a variety of hypotheses as to what may cause such an effect.

A 2001 study by Meisenhelder and Chandler analyzed data obtained from 1,421 Presbyterian pastors surveyed by mail and found that their self-reported frequency of prayer was well-correlated with their self-perception of health and vitality.






Have you ever heard of the placebo effect? It's when truly believing something will help you, like prayer or a sugar pill (something that scientifically doesn't do sh*t) will help you because you believed. Here's a link: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/what-is-the-placebo-effect


I can show you Muslim studies, Hindu Studies, Christian studies which says prayers work, but restricted only to that specific person.
 
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I can answer this easily, it's not about god/gods you pray too, prayer works for you but not due to the resson you think it is



Studies can verify that those who pray are affected by the experience, including certain physiological outcomes. An example of a study on meditative prayer was the Bernardi study in the British Medical Journal in 2001. It reported that by praying the rosary or reciting yoga mantras at specific rates, baroreflex sensitivity increased significantly in cardiovascular patients.[9]

Studies have suggested that prayer can reduce psychological stress, regardless of the god or gods a person prays to, a result that is consistent with a variety of hypotheses as to what may cause such an effect.

A 2001 study by Meisenhelder and Chandler analyzed data obtained from 1,421 Presbyterian pastors surveyed by mail and found that their self-reported frequency of prayer was well-correlated with their self-perception of health and vitality.






Have you ever heard of the placebo effect? It's when truly believing something will help you, like prayer or a sugar pill (something that scientifically doesn't do sh*t) will help you because you believed. Here's a link: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/what-is-the-placebo-effect


I can show you Muslim studies, Hindu Studies, Christian studies which says prayers work, but restricted only to that specific person.
In my employment, I deal with some placebo every day, and multiple times a day. (chronic pain management- cancer, arthritis, nerve, whatever)
 

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What's the point? i can stay awake for 72 hours without a nap even, i couldn't as an infant now i can. My business is huge now, i have many employees and foreign officies to manage, so add stress to that. I can now bear a lot more than i could 20 years ago as a Christian.
You do seem to be up and about almost all day, most days.
Your life is completely different to mine, as is your background.
We have nothing in common, but I spend a lot of time replying to you.
Mysterious , I say.
 

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Kidding, right?
Contemplation of a pronoun for God is about as deep as it gets for atheists. Small steps but steps none the less.
So this unproveable god is a guy.

Atheists are shallow? What about the complete horseschitte that is falsely dignified with the grandiose term of theology? Most of it is kindergarten level philosophy tizzied up with intellectual-sounding words and most of it collapses like a house of cards the moment any sort of rational criteria are held to it.

What could be more shallow, more head-in-the-sand than the wishful thinking that is religion?
 

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You do seem to be up and about almost all day, most days.
Your life is completely different to mine, as is your background.
We have nothing in common, but I spend a lot of time replying to you.
Mysterious , I say.
Cause i am on my computer all day! there's a lot of controlling to do, specially our offices in japan,india and in the Americas. I am on conference calls all day, adjusting to different time zones, hence you will see here, unless i am travelling or sleeping.
 

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Kidding, right?
There is more to it than that black and white description.
No there isn't. If we're talking agreed facts - which is the only way to advance any discussion - there is existence, and non-existence. Nothing else. Beyond that all is conjecture.

Sorry that your life experience closes the door on spirituality
Absolutely no need to be. It is only possible to live life to the fullest (which is what we all want, deep down, yes?) once one casts off the crutch of spirituality.
 

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In my employment, I deal with some placebo every day, and multiple times a day. (chronic pain management- cancer, arthritis, nerve, whatever)
Homeopathy is the prime example of placebo effect, prayers too. Otherwise how do you explain even religions which don't believe in God, getting their prayers answered? (Buddhism for example).

Prayer is fine in a vacuum, but it comes with a lot of other things not the least of which is god belief. Each of these things have their own effects to consider as well. I'd sooner support homeopathy over prayer in this regard and I really don't like homeopathy.

Patients told they were being given (fake) pills have reported statistically significant improvement.


The placebo effect can both reduce the symptoms and the causes of disease. Even if only the symptoms are reduced, the placebo effect still increases the patient's quality of life and is thus effective.

That's how all the religions in the world gets their prayers answered.
 

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Homeopathy is the prime example of placebo effect, prayers too. Otherwise how do you explain even religions which don't believe in God, getting their prayers answered? (Buddhism for example).

Prayer is fine in a vacuum, but it comes with a lot of other things not the least of which is god belief. Each of these things have their own effects to consider as well. I'd sooner support homeopathy over prayer in this regard and I really don't like homeopathy.

Patients told they were being given (fake) pills have reported statistically significant improvement.


The placebo effect can both reduce the symptoms and the causes of disease. Even if only the symptoms are reduced, the placebo effect still increases the patient's quality of life and is thus effective.

That's how all the religions in the world gets their prayers answered.
Answered prayer is interesting.
I don't look to God or Jesus to be a personal Santa Claus type relationship.
Answered prayer requires time and patience.
Committing all anxieties and requests to God is not easy.
He always answers prayer, but not necessarily the way we immediately want.
Be Still and Know that I am God- one of my favourite verses.
Many times the answer is to be patient, and to trust that God is there.
Asking for clarity and peace of mind about a troubling decision, is very useful.
Requesting miraculous cures is often more for us than the victim- the victim often has made peace with God and ready to meet their maker. That is my experience.
I can not easily rationalise the illness and death of babies , kids and young people, but it happens, and sometimes peace of mind is all we can hope for, and thankfulness for the privilege of the brief life that child shared with us.
Mick Jagger got it.
 

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