Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 ~

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Don't pray for me

I've recently had a few well-meaning Christadelphians offer to pray for me, in the hope that I might magically believe despite the continuing lack of evidence for their claims.

I appreciate the sentiment, but I think the efforts are misguided. Let me explain why...

It might seem like the logical and caring thing to do when you see someone who has "left the fold", to try to reach out and plead with them to return. It might seem like an automatic decision to pray for them, and ask God to work with their heart and turn them back again.

However, I want to paint a different picture. Hopefully this will widen your perspective.

I'm not lost. I'm not the prodigal son. Don't pray for me. I'm doing fine.

No, pray instead for the 2.6 million children who die each year from starvation and hunger-related causes.

Pray for the more than 700 million people who die each year from natural disasters (often referred to as "acts of God").

Pray for the 1.5 million children who die each year from preventable diseases.

Don't pray for me. There are millions upon millions of people who need your prayers much more than I do.

If your god chooses to let those people die instead, then I'm sorry, I cannot worship that god.

Maybe the real reason there is so much suffering in the world is because the god you're praying to doesn't exist.