What is the point of prayer ? Surely God knows what you are going to pray for beforehand – and has already decided on his course of action. Is it not presumptuous and absurd to think that God can be persuaded to change his mind ? Prayer is not only ineffective, it is narcissistic : why would God alter his Divine Plan to accommodate your wishes in particular ?
Similarly, the “blessed” businessman or celebrity, or the sportsman who “thanks God” for success, are making the ludicrous assumption that the Almighty takes sides in business deals, X- Factor, or football and boxing matches…
And why, by the way, does this God insist on being worshipped ? Is he insecure – or an egomaniac ?
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We are told that Jesus died for our sins, facing God’s wrath in our place. Why was this necessary ? Why couldn’t God just forgive us anyway, without going through the bizarre and gruesome charade of torturing his “only begotten son” to death before resurrecting him ? Some sort of sick joke ?
Virgin birth, conjuring tricks, resurrection from death …Is it not all just a little too absurd … ?
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”When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way – so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me” – Emo Philips