Prayer has been scientifically tested - it failed; made no difference.
That is not what i was told. Watched a whole documentary on studies done that proved the opposite. Also found this below..from this linkhttp://www.davidmyers.org/Brix?pageID=53
Is Prayer Clinically Effective?*
David G. Myers
Anecdotes and research on prayer’s clinical effectiveness has become big news of late. A 1997 Christianity Today cover story (preceding a Newsweek prayer cover story) explains “how physicians and scientists are discovering the healing power of prayer.” Although the magazine acknowledges that “petitionary prayer is not 100 percent effective” (imagine if it were), it welcomes the conclusion of Georgetown University internist and prayer researcher Dale Matthews: “Prayer is good for you. The medical effects of faith on health are not a matter of faith, but of science.”
Why would a loving God require prayer or travel to some distant location just to get better anyway? A real God would help everyone in real need in they were sincere. But we have babies dying of cancer and nothing we can do about it other than to fund science and look for a real cure.
God works in many ways, for reasons far beyond what we can understand or know. He does not always require great distances to be traveled. As far as funding science for a cure for cancer, how has that been working for us so far? Science and the powers behind it are a corrupt bunch who will take the money, and stifle the real cures. Far too much money to be made by the greedy,who think themselves God , and answer only to themselves, for most of them to care about actually putting out the cure. That is until they can find the way to make another astronomical dollar from it.
How do we know that God in His infinite mercy does not take up those souls of innocent babies to a far better place , where they can pray in spirit with the angels, for the souls of their families and loved ones left on earth?
And then we have the Bible telling us that dashing babies against rocks is a good thing.
Not sure what bible you read, but I have never came across anything remotely close to such a horrid suggestion in the bible I have read. Perhaps a reference to what scripture you are referring to would be in order?
I wonder why you would assume I will turn to God? I can't think of a more pessimistic thing to teach my son, that his grandparents are probably burning in hell.
That would be a pessimistic thing to teach a child, because none of us know who has gone to hell. The hour of every souls death is a mystery , and we do not know who has reached to God at the hour of death, who has received forgiveness, and who atoned in purgatory, before crossing the gate into heaven.
Is it better to teach a child, that after we spend a life of caring and loving for our families , that we all just wither and die off, never to remember any of it. All of it being meaningless in the time and space of existence ?
Have you yourself ever wondered whether it's all just a big lie? Or would you be unable to face such a harsh truth and prefer to live in the comfort of that lie?
I sure have wondered, and considered it, with great bitterness, at some point in my life. It was the the purity of the messages that are being given to certain souls all over this world that brought me back to prayer, and asking this -" God ,if you are real, draw me to Your reality and Your truth" The tender love that flooded my soul at this time of pleading to know the truth, pointed me back into the love and mercy of Christ.
I wonder if you realize how different things can be outside the US. Here in England, for example, we tend to look at very religious people with surprise and wonder "Why/how does he believe THAT?". They are in the minority. Atheists and agnostics are the majority here. Do you wonder why religion and religious belief is so localized to certain countries/areas? How does a legitimate God have so few indians following him, for instance, but so many white Americans?
All of this has been prophesied about Humphreys, and there is a great spiritual battle taking place in the spiritual realms as we speak. Who cares about minority or majority, it is truth that will win in the end. Do you think a living God has not made Himself known ? Do you actually think there are no atheists who have not been fully converted , with a very very interesting story behind the conversion ? You can close your eyes , and shut your ears to the many REALITIES God is giving us , to prove His love for us, and His existence. Did you ever think how many Christians can look at atheists , when they know what they know, and not think.."How can they NOT believe in a loving, merciful, living God?"
There are natives who follow Christ. I will say this. Humanity is weak, and will tend to follow the trend of their "associates" in order to be "accepted" even if they really don't believe in the concepts. This happens with Christianity, The religions of the natives, and yes.. with atheists as well. There are many atheists who in their hearts do think there could be a God, but do not want to let go of their "social peer group", so stifle their real inner convictions of what truth is.
It is more important for humans to be accepted by their peers, than to acknowledge the bits of truth they know in their hearts. How truly sad, because in the end , it is not their peers who will save them , or who died for their sins. It is more important for the weak to be politically correct and accepted, than morally strong and acknowledging the ways of Our Father in heaven.
I am not saying you fall into this category Humphryes, nor am I calling you weak, but please think about those words, because you know it is true how people feel the need to be 'accepted" by the majority.