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16-04-2013, 02:39 PM
Atheists. Please answer these questions.
This is about prayers. And, about the pray-er. Are you inclined to be more receptive to a prayer based on the person praying?

1) Let's say a person has a poor reputation as a person, an individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer. Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Ignore it?

2) Likewise, how do you respond to someone who has a positive reputation as a person, and individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer? Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Or ignore it?

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16-04-2013, 02:44 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(16-04-2013 02:39 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  This is about prayers. And, about the pray-er. Are you inclined to be more receptive to a prayer based on the person praying?

1) Let's say a person has a poor reputation as a person, an individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer. Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Ignore it?

2) Likewise, how do you respond to someone who has a positive reputation as a person, and individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer? Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Or ignore it?

I am never receptive to prayer. I would typically ignore it.

If I don't care about the person's feelings, I might reject it vehemently.

If I care about the person's feelings, I might reject it gently, possibly making it a teachable moment.

I understand that believers might be sincere. It doesn't make them right.

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16-04-2013, 02:45 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
I'd thank the person for being concerned about me in both cases.

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16-04-2013, 02:48 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(16-04-2013 02:45 PM)Vosur Wrote:  I'd thank the person for being concerned about me in both cases.

Yes, that. Consider

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16-04-2013, 02:48 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
1) I typically stay away from such individuals. By default, I guess I would reject/ignore it.
2) I generally ignore the "prayer" aspect
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16-04-2013, 02:49 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
What Vosur said, and I will add that it depends a bit on the other person and what kind of relationship we have. I have few friends that offered prayers when I was sick, I get where they are coming from. They weren't trying to change or save me...they were doing the only thing they thought they could do. I see it as a thoughtful gesture if it comes from someone I genuinely care about.

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16-04-2013, 02:51 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
I tend to roll my eyes at it and then ignore it. I wont comment unless pressed and then I reject it as wish-thinking.

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16-04-2013, 02:52 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(16-04-2013 02:39 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  This is about prayers. And, about the pray-er. Are you inclined to be more receptive to a prayer based on the person praying?

1) Let's say a person has a poor reputation as a person, an individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer. Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Ignore it?

2) Likewise, how do you respond to someone who has a positive reputation as a person, and individual, and as a Christian offers you a prayer? Do you immediately reject it? Embrace it? Or ignore it?

1) I guess smile politely and ignore it.

2) smile politely and ignore it.

Pray for me. It's literally the least you can do.

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16-04-2013, 02:55 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
(16-04-2013 02:45 PM)Vosur Wrote:  I'd thank the person for being concerned about me in both cases.

I'd thank them for being concerned enough to pray for me (depending on my mood), and then ask them if they've got any real world advice (minus the will of Zues) to give instead!

Bad mood = I'll say, "I'll crap in your hand, and you can pray into mine; if my worries go away before you need strong soap, then I'll acknowledge praying means something".

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16-04-2013, 02:55 PM
RE: Atheists. Please answer these questions.
I would thank them and take it in the spirit is was given. My opinion of them wouldn't enter into it.

Depending on the circumstances there is a very small chance of me saying something like "and I'll think for you" but only if they were a serious asshole.

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