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Prayers simply DO NOT work!

The fact is, God never answers any prayers. The entire idea that “God answers prayers” is an illusion created by human imagination.

How do we know that “answered prayers” are illusions? We simply perform scientific experiments. We ask a group of believers to pray for something and then we watch what happens. What we find, whenever we test the efficacy of prayer scientifically, is that prayer has zero effect:

It does not matter who prays.
It does not matter if we pray to God, Allah, Vishnu, Zeus, Ra or any other human god.
It does not matter what we pray about.
If we perform scientific, double-blind tests on prayer, and if the prayers involve something concrete and measurable (for example, healing people with cancer), we know that there is zero effect from prayer. Every single “answered prayer” is nothing more than a coincidence. Both scientific experiments and your everyday observations of the world show this to be the case every single time.

The dictionary defines the word “superstition” in this way: “An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.”

The belief in prayer is a superstition. It has been proven scientifically over and over again. When a prayer appears to be answered, it is a coincidence. Quite simply, prayer has absolutely no effect on the outcome of any event. The “power of prayer” is actually “the power of coincidence.”
Therefore, one of two things must be happening:

God is imaginary.
God does exist, but he never answers prayers. Unfortunately, God is defined by the Bible to be a prayer-answering being. The contradiction between the reality of God and the definition of God proves that God is imaginary.

Prayer does not work because God is completely imaginary.


5 comments on “Prayers simply DO NOT work!

  1. God's Pencil
    July 16, 2012

    You’re right, prayer doesn’t work. In fact, prayer doesn’t do anything. Prayer is not a being. Prayer is a concept. Concepts don’t work, people do. Prayer doesn’t work, God does.

    Neither does asking, if we can define prayer as such. It is not our asking that works, it is the person being asked who works. The other day, I asked my dad if I could go out with my friends, He said no. I guess asking doesn’t work.

    But wait, a few days earlier, I had asked him if I could go to a friend’s party, he said yes. I guess that was just a coincidence. I do not believe in the power of asking, I believe in the power and wisdom of my dad.


    • Harry
      July 16, 2012

      Exactly my point. Is it not sad that many Kenyans flock to church to engage in this futile exercise?


  2. David
    July 17, 2012

    The writer of the article is completly out of place. How do you experiment a response scientifically sure even a nursery kid know its impossible. Today my asked me a pencil i had a choice to give or not cause he keep loosing them . Can one of your atheist explain how scientific experiment on that can be done if you are not following this blindly.


  3. cornell
    July 17, 2012

    This post is simply a flippant reproduction of the sentiments expressed in Richard Dawkin’s “The God Delusion” in the chapter titled “The Great Prayer Experiment.” In other words, Dawkins did a better job presenting his case than this blog-post.

    The logical conclusion is not that prayers do not work, but that “Experimental Prayers” do not work. The very God whom atheists are denying says that He cannot (should not) be put to the test (Matthew 4:7). An experiment is a test. If God says He should not be tested, then we should not be surprised if our tests do not work. If I say do not test whether I answer all phone-calls, then you should not be surprised if I ignore your experimental phone-calls.

    If we are to attack God’s ways, let us at least be honest enough to find out what He says about His own ways.

    An attack on God’s goodness must be aimed at God’s definition of “good”, not our own definitions. An attack on God’s love must be aimed at God’s definition of “love”, not Merriam Webster’s definition.

    The Bible doesn’t say “test” and see that the Lord is good. It says “taste” and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

    PS: God is not “defined” in the Bible as a prayer-answering being. That is not a definition of God. It is not even an absolute description of God, it is a description of something that He does on certain occasions in certain ways upon certain conditions (which have not been mentioned in this post).

    The Bible only says that God answers prayer. I personally answer phone-calls, that does not make me a “phone-call-answering being”, and it definitely doesn’t mean I do not exist simply because I choose not to answer some phone calls.

    It is unfairly pragmatic (and ruthlessly scientific) to define something simply by what it does. But if we are to be intellectually honest, we know that even we do not define (or validate) ourselves by what we do, but by what we are (biology). We are human beings, not human doings. The proof of our own existence is not contingent upon what we do or do not do; so why should the proof of God’s existence be subjected to a doing test?


  4. Harry
    July 17, 2012

    Cornell, good response. I will get back to you.


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