Irony: I’m a Fan
Here is a great example of irony:
Did all you atheists know that there is a whole month the god botherers are dedicating just to pray for us to jump aboard the crazy train of delusion? I didn’t know about this till I saw it on an old classmate’s Facebook profile! The god believers have dedicated a whole month “and beyond” to “Pray for an Atheist”.
Listen you god believing fools, it ain’t gonna do any good. Your god doesn’t exist and no matter how hard you wish, no matter how many magical incantations you say, there will still be an ever-growing population of atheists in this world.
I’ve never met an atheist that cares whether they’re prayed for or not (outside of the desire that the person praying do something better with their time). I think this is a subtle play on the idea that “atheists” are really “satanists”; why would any atheist have a “strong objection” to being prayed for, when most atheists just consider prayer to be wishful thinking?
So, you don’t have any strong feelings about being prayed for, but you take the time to complain about it an online forum anyway?
And the author of the post says this in retaliation to a believer:
Why do we mock the believer when he fears that we are going to spend an eternity in a terrible place for merely not being able to believe due to lack of evidence that this Sky Boss really exists? It’s because of how smugly you all think that you have some superior knowledge over us, when in fact you do not. You simply choose to follow some ancient mythology, invented my human beings as a coping device for things they could not explain nor understood. Humans cling to this afterlife belief because they are afraid of death. Christianity is basically a death cult, looking to an unproven afterlife while thinking that this earthly life is somehow not good enough to have lived. (emphasis added)
WOW. It seems to me that it is the atheist who thinks that they have superior knowledge over the believer. The blog I pulled this from, God is for Suckers, is dedicated to:
Commentary, news, and rants on the evils and stupidity of belief in the big invisible daddy in the sky. Illuminating and watchdogging the widespread attempts to institutionalize the theocratic rule of the US. Making fun of believers everywhere.
The whole blog presupposes that the atheist knows something that the believer doesn’t. More irony.
Yet more irony:
Others have said plenty about how prayer can be arrogant, so I feel I should bring up one of my usual points: Faith is a monument to pride, arrogance, and hubris. It’s the act of declaring oneself to be the supreme arbiter of the universe, and the belief that gods bow to the faithful’s definitions of them.
I prefer the humility involved in science.
Humility like PZ Meyers displays?
It’s rather neat that modern scientists know more than God. (source)
Posted on April 23, 2010, in Humor, Science and tagged atheism, Prayers. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
It’s now irony to point out you’re wasting your time? Just because people don’t care about whether they’re prayed for or not doesn’t mean they don’t care about how you could better spend that time standing on the street corner busking for the Haiti earthquake victims or some other much more productive quest. You see, a lot of people feel that actually doing something is a lot better than thinking that gods should be doing something. That’s all. There’s no irony, only a note to those who they feel are wasting their own time.
I on the other hand have *strong* feelings about being prayed for. Don’t do it. You *are* wasting your time, and there *are* better ways to spend your time and efforts, like helping real people in need right now. And that’s a message that’s worth whining about, here or in forums.
Sure, skeptics constantly accuse Christians of wasting our time with prayer. But, as I’ve pointed out elsewhere, prayer often yields unexpected results. The primary purpose of prayer is communication between the believer and God, not to give God a laundry list of requests to “make life better.”
I pray to be free of the bondage to sin, to be a spiritual and godly example of Christ’s love to my children, and to be used for God’s glory by opportunities to act. Faith in God is an active faith, not a passive one (see the epistle of James).
I seldom (if ever) use intercessory prayer to request a change of heart for an atheist or skeptic. See, instead, I try to teach a biblically-based theology that will (hopefully) convict the reader of his (or her) sins and realize that dependence on God is the only way to salvation. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict, the Father to draw, and the Son to save to the uttermost. I’m not in there, remarkably enough. If I can be a means to that end, then I am grateful to God for the opportunity. If not, then I pray I can plant a seed so that the next witness will have an easier time.
This leads in to one of my planned essays on why accepting the Arminian conditional election versus the Reformed unconditional election as a tenet of Evangelicalism is one of the worst things that has ever happened to the American church. But I’ll save that for another time.