I was reading the article about the people that took their strength to pull a man out from a motorcycle and saved his life. He gave credit to those that saved his life and not to some intangible god that would have left him pinned under there to burn to death.
Then there is a friend of mine that had fallen on hard times. lost home, job due to a fire and the economy, but he and I were talking about his misfortune, and he asked me why do people offer me prayers when they do absolutely nothing for me.
I am in the same position I was years ago and dependent on a system for food and shelter, yet all I get from religions friends and the church I use to attend were "We will keep you in our prayers, and then they pass around the collection plate for money."
Why do people offer prayers when they do nothing for the people. Do they say this just so it makes them feel like they are doing something to make them feel guilt-free by neglecting to actually doing something to help those in need.
As we have seen that church and religions have become a huge multi-billion dollar industry, and then we see the rates of homelessness and poverty on the rise. Am I missing something here. When did money become the god of these religions and churches, and then they seem to think for themselves rather than helping those in need.
When i read the article on the 4 religious people sailing around the world and passing out bibles to the people in Nigeria and were killed. Why were they passing out bibles to the people that needed food. Then the hostage takers demanded a few million for their release, but the billion dollar church and religious industry couldn't even cough up the money to even save these people's lives.
My friend thanks his doctors and those that actually took time to raise some cash to help him out, thought it hasn't been enough, he's grateful to those that actualy did what they could other than offering an empty and meaningless prayer that has done nothing for him.
Maybe we all should spend a little less praying, and doing a little more in helping out those in need. As for my church, i left it a long time ago. When they began preaching and teaching hate, bigotry and ugliness, my mom was smart and pulled us all out of it and we never looked back. We did much better without church and religion in our lives than we did when we were involved and were being brainwashed by what I call charlatans looking to recruit more people to follow their suit.
I don't pray, because deep down I know there is no god that is going to save anyone. If that were the case, then why didn't that god save the man under the car, the four people executed in Nigeria, or my friend that has lost everything.
Maybe if we all did a little less praying and a lot more watching out for one another, the world would be a much better place for all of us to live in.