Wow, some great responses here. I love MDC
|This also got me to thinking, many people said they wouldn't mind if someone lit a candle etc. But how about if someone told you they were going to cast a magical spell for you? Or they were going to perform a ritual that included drawing a pentagram on the floor and chanting?
Personally...I'd love that. To me, prayers, thoughts, good wishes, spells...they are all good and caring, no matter how they are manifested (so long as they are GOOD prayers--I agree the "you are going to hell so I'm going to pray for your conversion" prayers are obnoxious and disrespectful).
Nankay, I see your point, but in my mind, if you are hurting and I say I'll pray for you, wouldn't it mean I'll think of you and send good vibes? Since you don't believe in prayer, wouldn't they just be caring thoughts at that point? At the same time, this is a message board. Here, I'm going to share good wishes because that's all I can do. If I know you IRL, I'm more likely to make you a casserole, and maybe say a little prayer while I'm baking
If I know someone is atheist or agnostic or for whatever reason doesn't believe in prayer, I probably will say I'll keep them in my thoughts. But most of the time here I don't know.
I'm so glad I've never experienced the "you are going to hell" stuff. I know my closest friend in grade school's parents disliked me partially because I'm Catholic (they are born again) but at least they never told me I was going to hell. Ugh...how nasty.