Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Another tragedy, another call for useless prayer.
In the wake of the horrific, inexplicable and all too common tragedy at the Washington D.C. Naval Shipyard, predictably the religious have rolled out their call for prayers for the deceased victims.
While I have nothing but sympathy for those victims, and their families, I’ve never understood this "praying for the victims" nonsense. Praying for them to do what, precisely? To come back to life? To not go to hell? To go to heaven? To spend less time in purgatory?
Hasn't their post life outcome already been predetermined either by their simple belief / faith in Jebus as god (or their lack of belief); and/ or their good works; or their good works alone, depending on which contradictory verses and absurd doctrine the given Xtian embraces?
Why would the god thing need or want its inferior creations to appeal to influence god thing’s decision on what to do with the dead victims in the afterlife? Heck… he's god thing - he wrote the rules, no? The deceased either met the god thing's criteria for this or that or they didn't.
Praying for the victims is simply another nonsensical meaningless platitude, like saying "god bless you" or the ever popular and grating "our thoughts and prayers are with you." Useless gestures by the pious meant to make them feel good and reduce their own feelings of impotence in the face of a violent world. Sort of like busy work for the religiously stupid.
I suppose to them praying seems less insipid than just "baaaaaaing" in unison. While the effect would be the same, the latter would be much more amusing.