Prayer, good vibes, positive thoughts, lighting a candle, thinking of you, etc.- at MDC they all seem to be kind and similar.
post #41 of 82
12/13/05 at 10:35pm
Originally Posted by RubyWild
Can we talk a little more about intentions. What are a close family member's intentions when they tell an avowed atheist "I'm praying for you"?
I've had a stranger set up a prayer meeting when she heard I was going to raise my unborn child in an atheist home. I thought that was very sweet. I actually don't care if someone prays for me, particularly if they pray over my atheism. That's just funny and sweet to me, but why tell me if they know me? Is the prayer more powerful if you tell the person in advance?
Why not say something to comfort the person rather than comfort yourself?
Originally Posted by bravofrenchie
To me, there are different meanings to the phrase, "I'll pray for you."
There's, "I'll pray for you" to recieve peace and support in this trying time in your life, and that things will begin to get better for you soon.
This is perfectly fine with me, no matter what religion you are.
Then, there's, "I'll pray for you" to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, because if you don't turn from your evil heathenistic ways, you won't be able to join us perfect people in heaven, and you will burn forever in FIRE AND BRIMSTONE-FILLED HELL!!!!! SINNERSINNERSINNER!!!!!
This is not OK, and will get you the business-end of the garden hose if you are standing on my front stoop.
Originally Posted by Nankay
Atheist here. Offend me? No. Irk me? Yes. I want/need something more concrete than a prayer..even a basic, "I'm thinking of you." is more "real" to me. Bake me a cake, wash my car, bring me a casserole...SOMETHING, but praying? Well..that's just worthless to me. A nice thought, I guess..but I'd rather have you DO something.