Begging v. Raising
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Here's part of a recent post from a message board I lurk:
"...BEST NEWS is that the tumor has not grown since June, he's feeling better and eating well. PRAYER WORKS! Thank you."Here's my thing... "prayer works!"? I don't exactly get the concept.
Does this mean that someone who has more prayerful friends has a better "in" with God and won't suffer a tumor as much as some poor shmoe with no friends to pray for his malignancy?
I'm not being snarky, honestly. I'm genuinely curious about why people pray, specifically for other people's ailments.
What's the mindset? Is it like a petition? "Dear God, I'd like to sign my name to the Cure-Tommy's-Cancer list, please." If there are enough names on the petition, viola! Tommy lives. Fail to sign up enough believers? Start planning a funeral.
The whole thing is rather illogical, including my conclusion that to be thankful to prayer for remission seems simultaneously to be suggesting that those who were unlucky have prayer - or the lackthereof - to blame.
posted by hilary at 8:27 AM |
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