Atheists In Kenya (AIK)

Bringing together non-believers …

The whole idea of “God answering prayers” is a complete illusion


Folks,

Let’s imagine that you have cancer and that you are a believer. You pray to God for a cure, you undergo surgery and chemotherapy, and the cancer does in fact go into remission.

What cured you? Was it the chemotherapy, or was it God?

In other words, is there any way to know whether God is playing a role or not when we pray?

prayer does not workThe problem is that, in this imagined case, there is ambiguity. The Christian believes that God answered the prayer, but it could also be a simple coincidence.

All scientific evidence clearly indicates that it is, in fact, a coincidence. Whenever we do a scientific experiment on the efficacy of prayer, the data shows no effect from prayer. Scientific evidence indicates that “answered prayers” really are coincidences every single time.

So how do we figure this out? Is God answering prayers as Christians believe, or is it coincidence as science indicates?

The way to answer that question is to remove the ambiguity. We make it impossible for the “answered prayer” to be a coincidence, and then we see what happens.

The way to remove the ambiguity is to say a prayer that cannot be answered by coincidence. For example, instead of praying that God cures one person’s cancer, pray that God eliminates all cancer tomorrow. There is only one way for that to happen. God would have to exist, and God would have to reach down from heaven and explicitly work a miracle on earth.

What we find whenever we perform an unambiguous experiment like this is that God never answers unambiguous prayers. Jesus promises in many places in the Bible that he will answer prayers — even impossible prayers. But what you find whenever you put Jesus to the test is that Jesus is making a false promise.

What we find is that God never answers impossible prayers – even if the prayers are incredibly worthy. For example:

  • Pray to God to levitate a car and hold it floating in the air for ten minutes. It will not happen, even if you are praying to levitate the car because a drunk driver has run over a college freshman and she is currently pinned under one of the wheels.
  • Pray to God to let you fly through the air like Superman. It will not happen, even if you are praying to fly like superman so that you can rise up to a tenth story window and save two children from their burning apartment.
  • Pray to God to restore the amputated limbs of a deserving, penitent believer. It will not happen, no matter how sincere you are in your prayer.

These unambiguous prayers are how we know, for sure, that God/Jesus are not actually answering prayers. The scientific evidence is correct. “Answered prayers” are nothing more than simple coincidences every single time.

The whole idea of “God answering prayers” is a complete illusion because God is imaginary.

Advertisements

One comment on “The whole idea of “God answering prayers” is a complete illusion

  1. kimathi
    February 4, 2013

    Mumia how do you explain the order in the world because when you look at nature it is beautiful and orderly from plants, ecosystem, human race. I think this is the work of Grand designer who is God and it is not a coincidence. I don`t think religion is opposed to science. Life is composed of so much stuff which is immaterial like love,faith,hope,happiness. These would be very hard to measure in a scientific manner.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on February 4, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
K E Garland

Inspirational kwotes, stories and images

vegvet

Just another WordPress.com site

The Secret Atheist

Exploring my changing beliefs

Atheist Forum

Engaging modern atheism

Atheist Dave

atheism, religion, science, dave

Black Atheists

We are a minority within a minority.

Atheists In Kenya (AIK)

Bringing together non-believers ...

%d bloggers like this: