my name is genevieve.
i think that a lot of things are beautiful
And that’s it right there, isn’t it? The thought is nice… they do want the best for you… but there is zero effort. Atheists know you have to DO something. And for that, I am so very grateful for my atheist friends. ~JJ
I’ve always translated it to: I don’t agree with your ways so I will pray to my magical sky daddy to get you to change.
But this zero-effort thing brings a whole new perspective.
This is such bollocks it’s unreal.
Just because you don’t believe in God doesn’t mean you can shit all over other peoples belief systems you absolute idiots.
And if anything, saying you’ll pray for someone is usually said when nothing else can be done about a situation, get your facts straight.
Ya, hence the zero-effort thing.
Pointing out prayer doesn’t work and doesn’t actually help anyone isn’t “shitting on someones religion.” People tell other people they will pray over everything from their grandma is dying to praying the person can get gas money. Hint, instead of praying loan your friend 30 bucks for gas.
This isn’t true. For many, religion is a place of solace and comfort. In many cases, the person in prayer does not have what the person in need requires in order to be comforted. If the person to be comforted believes in God, then perhaps the best thing that the person in prayer can give to that person at that time is their love and prayers to the God that gives them solace. I know from experience that when my grandmother died, the dearest gift that I received was knowing that others were praying to her God to guide her safely to the heaven that she believed in. To those who believe in God, prayers are powerful gifts, and religion is a fountain of hope and comfort. Prayer did help me. Whether it actually “did” anything, it didn’t matter to me as much as the fact that it represented a person’s care towards my grandmother. Also, just because somebody says “I’ll pray for you” doesn’t mean that they’re trying to “convert” you. Many God believers value prayer more than many things in life, their offer to pray on your behalf is, in their eyes, something of great value. If for no reason other than to see religion through others’ eyes, I hope that some of you, when prayed for, will give the prayer the benefit of the doubt and think the following: Hey, this person is trying to share love with me in their language. I do not speak their language, but because they are human and cannot truly see the way that I see their actions, I will look on their prayer with a forgiving heart and know that they are trying to act with my best interest in mind. thank you.