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Who Said Prayers Don't Work

I often get mail from onegoodmove readers, here are some excerpts from a recent one I enjoyed.

An Epiphay

After giving the matter a lot of thought (triggered by reading a really interesting article in the National Geographic about brain injury), I've pretty much come to the conclusion that there probably isn't any God, so I should stop worrying and enjoy life. Yes, it's a mass-transit related epiphany. If there IS a God, he sure doesn't seem to do much...

And an Amusing Anecdote

As you may remember, we Mormons are always trying to bless sick people. It's a fairly standard operation to call up the elders or the home teachers and have them pour a little olive oil on your head and say a prayer over you. The expectations for outright healing are usually really low (God's will and all that) but people still ask for blessings just the same. For my own convenience I haven't been very outspoken in my new opinions. Though I am now convinced that I have no supernatural ability to mend bones and sinews, nor to kill bacteria or thwart viruses, I'm occasionally asked to give a blessing which I gladly do. My good friend and neighbor had a persistent, nasty cough and asked me to minister to her. My prayer over here went along these lines: " God wants you to go see a doctor right away. Take charge of your own health, be assertive and demand attention from your busy doctor, then do what he tells you to do. Amen." So she did. Who said prayers don't work, anyway!



I woke up to this story - Buffalo crash claimed Sept. 11 widow, Rwanda advocate - in the LA Times. Clearly God is punishing us for interfering with His murder and torture spree.

then do what he tells you to do


I had a similar impression on reading a recent piece in Orion -- hey, if the G-man tells you to trash the SUV, go for it. Unfortunately or otherwise, as I mention here, there is no God-given law or commandment in any religion I know of that says to humankind, “Thou shalt be sane.” That, it turns out, is our choice to make.


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