Part II in the Series of the Process of Prayer
I stated in my first post, "God will answer your prayer if it is the best thing for His purposes, or He won't if it isn't. In that case, it stands to reason that if you don't pray, God will just do what is best for His purposes - just without your input. This begs the question: Why pray?" If you didn't catch that post you should. You can read it here. The atheists of the world may look at that, smile, and then say, "So if that is the case then you don't even NEED a god in that scenario. I mean, que sera, sera, right?" It's like our relationship with Santa Claus. Well, I want this widget for Christmas. If I ask Santa, I might get it... but I might not. Perhaps there is no real Santa.
Atheists say they want proof of everything to believe it - which isn't true. They are perfectly happy with believing in the best guesses of those they respect. Many like to think that science has all the answers to the questions that believers assign to God. There is power in evidence, proof and the cherished peer review. However, if they were intellectually honest, they would be agnostics rather than atheistic. The agnostic states that he finds no evidence that a god exists so he leans towards not believing in a deity. However, he concedes that there is no test that can prove without any doubt that a deity or deities do not exist.
So what would cause an intellectual who admires the vastness of science and the cosmos to make such a definite conclusion about something that doesn't really have a conclusion at the physical level? What, indeed.
You show me an atheist that wasn't indoctrinated by a family, culture, or subculture and I will show you a former believer that got burned (in his estimation) by God, or those that claim to be representing Him. It is difficult for people to believe in a god that operates in a manner that offends them. So they vanquish God in their minds and place their faith in science or some philosophy. This, I call "The Ostrich Paradigm." Everyone has heard the myth that if an ostrich is confronted with something that it doesn't it want to face, it will hide it's head in the sand with the thought that since it no longer sees the threat, it isn't there to fear. This is the same principle. How many times have you heard someone say, "I just can't believe in a god that would allow . . . [insert some random tragedy here]"? They don't believe in that offensive god, so that god is no longer there.
I understand that, so it doesn't offend me. Everyone has a path that they must follow. I understand the hurt. I never try to convince someone to think like me. I only explain why I believe as I do.
You may be thinking, okay maybe I can buy your theory about atheism, but what about prayer? Despite their irrational concrete conclusions, why are atheists wrong about prayer? If God does exists, how does this seemingly cavalier attitude that He has about prayer aid Him in His purpose? I think there are answers to these questions but I think they are difficult to understand at the human level. But, I will continue to try.
My next post will talk about that effort in the light of my own version of divine betrayal. You can find it here.
Related post in my archives: Atheist vs Believers: The Giving Wars