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...the Freedom of no Free Will...

I've been thinking about a particular statement my sister made at Thanksgiving. She said that she got her current job because she prayed and God helped her find the job. I guess it had nothing to do with reading want ads, filling out an application or going to an interview.

Now, I'm not being facetious/haughty/snobbish about the job itself (it's at a McDonald's) since years ago I worked in fast food (Taco Bell) for many years (seven). But, she also complained about the job and said she didn't like it. So, the sarcastic side of me thinks "I guess God doesn't really like her all THAT much, huh?"

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My thought about this...if it is all about the power of prayer, wouldn't EVERYBODY who prayed have a roof over their head and a job and food in their belly and no disease, etc?

And if you think that every achievement of yours is because of "God" giving it to you and not because of your own effort, than wouldn't the reverse be true, too? Wouldn't you then be able to say that every one of your failures wasn't actually because you yourself made a mistake but because the "Devil" did it to you?

If that's the case, that could be fairly intoxicating wouldn't it? There would be no need to worry about the consequences to our actions because hey, God likes us, so it's okay not to bother trying at anything because all we have to do is pray and we'll succeed.

Hey, if our car breaks down on the highway it's because the Devil did it to us, not because we ignored the "check engine" light (why worry about the "check engine" light when God is there to get us to our destination?). Darn, the Devil made me forget to set my VCR/Tivo and I missed that show...or was it a sinful show and God made sure we didn't watch it and get corrupted? I never have to pay my bills because God will make sure that my electricity stays on thanks to a miracle (though even Jesus said to give unto Caesar what is Caesar).

No more taking personal responsibility for ANYTHING! I didn't cheat on my wife because I'm a bad person, but because the Devil made me do it. I didn't get that job not because I wasn't qualified, but because I didn't pray enough. I can eat as much fast food as I want and not worry about getting fat/heart disease/diabetes because God will keep me healthy (and if he can't it's because the Devil made the food I gorged myself on).

Is that what's going on in these people's heads?

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charisma
Dec. 30th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
Did you see the article I posted in my journal?

I have no idea what these people are thinking, but it's very very sad.
mcpierce
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
George Carlin was great at summarizing how prayer is silly. Ask your sister if her god has a plan for the universe, to which she'll undoubtedly say "yes". Then ask her if she's really thinks that she has a right to ask him to change his plan to suit her selfish desires. If she says "yes", then ask her if arrogance or selfishness is a sin. Then bring it home by pointing out that praying for self-gain is, therefore, a sin.
reb2
Dec. 30th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Is that what's going on in these people's heads?

yes
sparkly_pig
Jan. 3rd, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Hear hear! I keep thinking about the whole "Jesus died for your sins" thing and the "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son." thang. What makes the torture and execution of Jesus more meaningful than the torture and execution of untold millions? Because it was done for the "betterment" of humanity? Unlike every martyr ever killed for any cause? It's insulting! What the hell kind of an argument is that? Blech! Christians! Grrrrrr.
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