If nobody believed in superstition it would be unable to hurt anyone

 

PRAYER AND EARTHQUAKES
 
Prayer is communication with God. It is union with God and believers say it is two way. God unites with you when you pray and you unite with him.
 
Prayer is not necessarily vocal it can just be an attitude you carry around in your heart. It can just be an intention that you don’t put into words.
 
Petitionary prayer, prayer that asks for something, either influences God or it does not. All prayer is intended to be petitionary for even when you don’t ask for a favour but just want to be with God you must necessarily intend that he helps you be really with him.
 
Religion says that God creates earthquakes. If you live in such a unstable area, it is your own fault if you end up dying in an earthquake. That is what the God belief implies for nobody can say it is a great thing to be caught in an earthquake and end up crushed under rubble. To pray then that an earthquake will never happen when you are living in a dangerous area is the same as praying that you will not be hurt when you step out in front of a speeding car. It is tempting God and mocking him. Up to a point, praying for your mother never to get cancer is tempting God for we live in a world in which people do get cancer. And besides, God might call you selfish for such a prayer is wishing that somebody else's mother will get the cancer.
 
To this putting the blame on the victim I have to say the following. It is only in the last few thousand years we got to understand that some areas are dangerous. Most of the people who ever lived in those areas lived there long before we understood. We are not to blame for our ignorance. Also, God could fix the earthquake zones without anybody knowing just because there are people in danger there. He could have done that centuries ago before geologists learned all about earthquakes. If God and his creation is so great what does he need earthquakes to destroy his creation for? Most of the people living in earthquake zones have family and friends there and cannot be blamed for wanting to be with them and taking the risk. To suggest they should know better to leave is just inhuman.
 
Which is better:
 
1 If you live in an earthquake zone and you die in an earthquake and no all good magical being is responsible or has let it happen
 
2 If you live in an earthquake zone and you die in an earthquake and an all good magical being is responsible or has let it happen
 
With 1, one can say you didn't go there to force an all-good God to hurt you. With 2, you can.
 
With 1, one can revile your death and how it happened while with 2 you have to find a way to condone it.
 
With 1 you are more human and more feeling and you are not creating beliefs that require you to look on human suffering as not so bad.
 
Prayer is bad because religious belief is. If God exists then he wants our worship then that implies we should pray.
 
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The benefits of prayer do not come from prayer at all which is why we should challenge people’s faith in prayer and have no regrets. The benefits are nothing compared to the damage that is done - particularly in the vile insinuations and implications.
 
The WEB
 
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12608c.htm
Catholic Encyclopaedia. This discusses Quietism.
 
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