"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."
April 6, 2010
For instance, if you get a Facebook message explaining a situation involving a little child who's in the hospital for a serious injury, and the post creator is asking for your prayers in this case. Why do we think the "power of prayer" will help this child when we could be doing something to actually fix the situation. What else could we do? Raise money for the child's treatment, donate blood, donate plasma, donate bone marrow, donate money to life saving research that promises to make such injuries a thing of the past, and you can even send nice cards and flowers to the family because at least that shows your good intentions in a physical way. Any of these things would be preferable to clasping your hands together and whispering to a God who isn't there.
Here's another point to think about. Why do we all the sudden jump to prayer when someone we know is injured, sick or dying? Or when someone we know knows of someone who is injured, sick or dying? There are people all over the world who need medical help for some ailment and if you look hard enough through your friends list you'll find that someone, or someone they know who needs help. Why do we not search these people out and pray for them? Could it be because deep down inside we know prayer is a useless waste of our time and we only do it when we're asked to? If you donate blood and plasma on a regular basis you will do more good for these injured, sick and dying people all over the world than you can with any amount of prayer. But you don't donate do you? You wait for someone to ask for your prayers and then you give them thinking it matters.
I know of someone who needs help right now. I hope I don't upset her by using her story in this post, but I feel it's necessary under the circumstances. I have a friend on Facebook who I have never met personally. She's extremely nice and we see eye to eye in most cases. Her 2 year old daughter has a serious heart complication that has required numerous surgeries. No child should be born in such a way that requires this sort of pain. The very fact that this happens should bear witness to a universe without a loving God. What would be better for this little girl? To know that I am praying for her? To know that a million people are praying for her?... Or to know that a million people in her city, who do not even know she exists, are giving donations of their blood and plasma and signing up for organ donor ID's for medical causes such as hers. And to know that the few people who do know of her and her condition are gathering their extra money to help her mother pay her medical bills. That the government is not going to listen to the religious lobbyists, and instead fully fund and legislate medical scientific research that could make her condition trivial or even non-existent. Wouldn't that be better? Not just for her little girl, but wouldn't that be better for everyone?
I donate blood and plasma as often as I can. Not simply to do good, but to make up for all the nights I spent on my knees as a child, praying for things I should be working for.
Author: SgtHaile at 5:09 PM