Sunday, November 19, 2006

Alot Of You Frequently...

...ask for prayers for this, that or the other. So, before we begin, we can't beg the question.


In order to implore the deity, one must believe in such. And not the ephemeral type we usually conjure up. God either exists, and has done so forever, or not. If you have a problem with that, then move on.

C. S. Lewis penned a book, entitled "The Causal Efficacy Of Prayer". The gist of it is this. If God is omniscient and omnipotent, then what's the point in praying. If those attributes are part of the deity's nature, then what would be the point in praying. God's will be done, as we say. If God knows and sees all, seems unlikely we'd be able to change things by offering up some supplications.

So when we ask others to pray for something, or when we do it ourselves, we are asking the deity to alter the way things are, generally for our benefit. We encounter this type of situation on a daily basis. We often ask others for favors or to influence situations in our lives. And, generally, we are greated with "Let me think about it."

Should it be otherwise with God? When you pray, you are asking the maker of the world to change the plan. Not so simple, is it?







5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

C.S. Lewis was an interesting character.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

As Roger Waters sang .... What God wants, God gets, God help us all.

8:46 PM  
Blogger GalacticallyStupid said...

Ain't it so.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Trundling Grunt said...

And he was right. I have often wondered why the memory of an omniscient god needs jogging through prayer. Mine just needs shaking up every now and then and I don't have a prayer.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Hammer said...

CS lewis was a hardcore athiest until the 30's or so when he went over to Christianity. For some reason his best fiction work was written after he converted.

3:26 AM  

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