November 19 2009 12:52 AM
Originally posted by: Eric Paradox
Originally posted by:PoliceJon,PoliceRed
Originally posted by: Eric Paradox
I grew up going to Sunday school and sort of believing. What always messed with my head the most was the prayer/talking to God part; I'd been talked about my whole life about the connection with God and importance of prayer, and no matter how many times I tried 'talking to God' I felt more and more like I was just sitting there talking to myself. Moreover, I felt less and less with every year that I fit in with anyone there at all, agreed with what they were saying, or believed in half the things they were talking about. Every year of my teenage life gave me less respect and interest in Christianity and I guess I stopped caring at all after about 12 or so.
there's my longwinded answer.
prayer does serve some relative purposes in life. "talking to god" basically IS like talking to yourself. but prayer is taught to be meditative. When you give a yourself complete time out to concentrate and let your mind organize your thoughts you'll think through effective ways of achieving immediate and future goals you set for yourself, while also searching through past regrets that you want to let go, by reflecting on them, and moving on. It's basically like assigning yourself an answer for past and future to allow for a strict focus on the present, to allow for a silencing of the unanswered thoughts of life, in order to make absolute right decisions. most people do it. some people just don't call it prayer. everybody assembles their own languages to guide themselves and the fact that you've sat there questioning it means that it's more powerful than you even realize. God, in all actuality, has little definition. No one has sought to define God besides God being inexplicable. An "unanswer" for your unanswered questions.
Every city we've built was for some purpose. every government was set up for some purpose. money was printed. marriages were consumated. children were born. what happens when we find out that none of these systems were ever perfect from the start? we panic. we preach end times. we wait to die.
I understand where you're coming from. However, it doesn't do well for someone's faith when you've had people your whole life talking about their supernatural experiences during prayer, acting as if PHYSICAL things happen during it (ie. hearing God talk back to you, physically feeling the tingling of his presence), and nothing ever comes of it to give you a hint that you're doing anything but thinking aloud, and that these people are doing anything but making up voices or deluding themselves.
you're absolutely right. that is something that does seem a bit ridiculous. sometimes when you come to a certain thought or idea though it's so profound that it's as if it came from nowhere. And you assign it to being from God, because you no longer think about it any further than that. And some people assign great coincidences to God too.
to be honest i am playing devil's advocate here because i have experienced actual inexplicable events in christian settings, although i can not say i believe in a christian god.
consider prayer for healing:
your brain operates on several levels of measurable wavelengths. prayer gives off one of the highest measurable frequencies, and when combined in number, the waves multiply to seem to have a supernatural "healing" effect. perhaps the human species has evolved to find ways of healing their sick and wounded. you hear about "healings" here and there about people being cured from certain sickness or disease. whether it's "supernatural" or just mental, it's all in the power of our minds.