One of my resolutions for 2018 is to stop offering thoughtful responses to thoughtless people.
I’ve been encouraged to “give my thoughts” on various blogs only to have those thoughts ridiculed, derided, and misunderstood.
I’m tired of talking to dopes.
Here’s a dopey post from a dopey blog:
I’ve been blocked on this particular blog.
So I can’t respond directly to the dopey author.
If I could, I would leave a comment like this:
I’m suspicious about an article on the “efficacy of prayer in a medical setting”. What, exactly, is a “medical setting”? It is my belief that prayer doesn’t fall under the purview of medical science. Could it be that you’re misunderstanding the intent of the article?
The idea that God cannot “change His mind” because His plans are “perfect” is articulated in the Calvinist doctrine. If it’s true, then there is no reason to ponder the question any further. Of course, we have no choice but to continue pondering the question because God has willed that we ponder it. So if you’re of the belief that God doesn’t allow people to alter His plans, this is where my response ends.
But I think God’s “perfect plan” allows for human imperfection. I think God knew it was dangerous to give us the ability to make choices. I think God understood how risky it was to give us the power to think and reason. If God’s primary goal for was for the universe to behave in a specific manner, there’s no reason to fill planet Earth with rebellious, erratic, undisciplined humans. If God’s primary goal was to forge a relationship with mankind, then prayer seems like an efficient form of communication.
Since I can’t leave that comment for the dopes, I’ll leave it here.
Your comments are welcome.
Even if they’re dopey.