Friday, September 23, 2005
Praying With The Anchoress
Kobayashi Maru can explain this to you. Ask three doctors and at least one out of three will admit to witnessing things that seem medically inexplicable.
That Which Is (God) created the world so that it both had order and flux. The flux, in a physical sense, is present at the very lowest level of existence. You have to read up on physics to understand it, but the bottom line is that everything you see around you is rooted in particles that are fluxing in and out of physical existence. The fabric of the universe was designed in such a way as to make miracles possible. However, they are generally achieved through consensus, which we express by prayer.
Even if you don't believe, please pray for people to be spared and protected. All you need to do is express your fixed intent that people should be spared damage and injury from Rita for their own sakes. You will make your prayer more powerful by doing something in support of it, such as donating even ten dollars to a charity. (This ensures that you did indeed make a real and fixed decision of will in favor of this goal.)
This fact says to me either:
a) God does not care what religion you are. It does not matter if you are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, etc. As long as you are a good person and believe in him in some form, he may answer your prayers. Or;
b) Some things are just inexplicable
If a prayer is valid it is valid. God's not petty. People are. That having been said, one of the things that religions teach is how to pray in a valid fashion. Sitting around hollering to win the lottery doesn't cut it. Asking God to smite the person driving slowly in front of you doesn't qualify.
When you are really praying on behalf of another person (or persons) with no self-interest and no malign intent toward anyone, you are making a prayer that is always heard. It would be heard if you were a terrible person.
This is not a quiz show or a club.
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