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Contesting Christianity: Prayer and Miracles

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Prayer and miracles are two more key aspects of Christianity. While it seems that the Christian faith could survive without these things, it would seem to be a pretty bland religion if it did. The efficacy of prayer is often touted in church services as evidence for the truth of Christianity. And miracles are a key element of some Christians’ defense of the faith as well. But do these arguments hold up to scrutiny? I would argue that they do not, and that the reason these arguments are used is because the individuals using them don’t adequately ask themselves what they might expect if God did not exist. Like any good scientist, in order to evaluate a hypothesis, we must establish what we would expect if the statement were true, and what we would expect if it were false. I am going to attempt to do just this in regard to prayer first, and then miracles, to determine whether these phenomena can reasonably be used as evidence of God’s existence.Continue Reading

The Power of Prayer

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I’m not sure what to write about today. I already talked about what I did yesterday in the last entry, so I’m fresh out of days about which to write. I mean, that doesn’t mean I can’t write about anything, but it cuts down on the number of options I have. Work last night was alright; it was fairly busy, and I saw lots of people I knew. There was a group of losers from Central there (I say they’re losers because they’re friends with me), as well as Lars and I think Mark by themselves, though they’re from Central as well. I also saw Jenelle, who used to work at Quizno’s when I did, and we talked for a few seconds – I couldn’t talk for long just because it was busy. She told me about the Quizno’s party that I missed, and I said that Kim had told me. But apparently they’re having another one, so perhaps I can come to that one. The only thing that I’d have a problem with is if there’s drinking there. However, since they all liked me when I was there, I think they’d respect me enough to not try to shove it in my face or something stupid like that.

It was raining yesterday; quite windy as well. I was watching TV when suddenly the signal started breaking up. It was really annoying. Eventually it just cut out entirely, so I turned it off and went upstairs. I’m glad I did,…Continue Reading

Interviews and Card Tricks

I’ll keep today’s entry short, because I really don’t have much to say. Not much happened yesterday, except that I finally got ahold of one of the supervisors at Sears. I told him the situation and how the other lady that had called me was interested in setting up an interview with me. He said, “Alright then, well how about an interview tomorrow…at 7:00?” My first instinct was to say no. I usually go to youth at Central on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, and I’m not too big on missing out on that. But then I thought, “Well, I don’t know, I might as well. It’s easier than making him try to find another day.” So I said yes.

The more I thought about it, the more I thought that maybe this wasn’t such a series of random events. Here I was, unable to get ahold of anyone from the places who called me. I got a phone call from Sears, and then when I called back the next day, I couldn’t get ahold of the lady. The next day, I phoned again, and her voicemail said she was away on vacation until August 9th, giving the extension of a couple other supervisors as well. So I tried the one that seemed most likely of the two to cover for this lady while she was gone, and tried getting ahold of him – no luck. Then, yesterday, I got through and finally got an interview – for the next day.…Continue Reading

Situations and Sendoffs

A few days ago I mentioned a situation I was dealing with, that I really hoped wasn’t the case. Unfortunately, today came the evidence that really strongly points in this person’s direction. And now I’m sitting here feeling helpless, wondering what to do. Do I approach this person and try to help them through their problem, knowing full well that if I reveal it, it could potentially damage some relationships? Or do I leave it alone and hope that God will work through the situation and help this person by Himself?

I honestly have no idea what to do. I really don’t think I could approach this person and point out what they’ve done. But I also know that I can’t just sit here and do nothing while it continues. I’m trapped between not being able to do anything, and knowing I have to anyways, and right now it’s really bothering me. The only thing that I’m not powerless to do is pray for them – pray that God would work in the situation and heal it. But it doesn’t seem like it’s enough, though I’ve always been told about the “power of prayer.” Somehow it just doesn’t absolve me of responsibility, although the only reason this responsibility was thrust on me was because I was in the position to find out about it. Suddenly there’s a huge weight on my shoulders to do something about a situation that I found out about just recently, and the reason it’s my…Continue Reading

Piecing Together Fragments

On today, more than all other days, I am at a loss for words. I know I’ve said that before numerous times, but it’s very true today. If I could accurately explain myself, I would, but I’m not sure that I really can. I guess I’ll make an attempt, but I can’t say too much just because of what it’s about.

I guess I’ll start by simply saying that I may have possibly found out something about someone that I really wish I didn’t find out. It started a couple of weeks ago when I started getting a few clues, but today I’ve found some better “evidence” – not that I’m launching an investigation or anything, but I need to know the truth. It’s certainly not concrete proof or anything, and I really hope that it doesn’t turn into that, but I’m afraid that it might. I can’t say much more than that, because that just wouldn’t be right, but let’s just say that I’m hoping and praying that it isn’t true. It’s possible that it’s all a mistake or an accident, and that’s what I really hope it is – but considering that this is the third or fourth time that I’ve been alerted to its possibility, I’m not so sure that I can assume it’s a mistake. Now I just have to sit tight and wait for something else to show itself – but above all other things, I don’t want to approach the person about it. That…Continue Reading

Helpless But Not Hopeless

Have you ever had a problem that you just felt helpless about, like you couldn’t fix? I’ve just encountered one to add to the other one I’ve had. And I’m not talking about a problem like cancer or death or turning the sky to green or anything like that. I’ve been there with both of the first two, and that’s a terrible situation, but this one deals with people. This problem I need to deal with has to do with people and relationships, and the ability for me to fix anything about it is dependent on the ability for me to communicate an important message to others so that it can produce a positive change. And I’m not the best at that. I’m a writer, not a public speaker. Oh, and by the way, by “relationships,” I don’t mean boyfriend-girlfriend crap, in case you were wondering. Don’t even go there.

I suppose the first thing I should be doing right now is praying. That’s more powerful than anything else I can do right now. But it deals with a group of people who may or may not even know the hurt they’re causing another person, and I need to deal with it. I need to, because if I don’t, it’s not going to get dealt with. And that scares me. I mean, it doesn’t directly involve me, but both parties are my friends, and thus it does involve me. If I saw some good I could do and didn’t do…Continue Reading

Some Personal Stuff

I’m not sure what to write about today (like most every other day). Today was really long and boring. Three classes with Mr. Gillmore are enough to make anyone go insane. I suppose if you’re already insane, though, it’s not as bad. I wouldn’t know, though, of course. Anyways, I just haven’t been feeling too well lately – not physically, but emotionally. I’ve just been feeling…blah. That’s the only word to describe it. I mean, part of it I think has to do with my horrible sleeping patterns, but somehow I don’t think that’s it. It’s pretty pathetic since I’m doing a Bible study on Philippians right now – a book all about joy. Isn’t it ironic that the time I’m least joyful is the time when I’m reading a book on joy?

Anyways, last night was a little screwed up. I was going pretty crazy over some stupid stuff. I mean, I still stand by what I said in my blog yesterday, but I’ve got more of a handle on myself now. It was pretty messed up, though. I went to church in the morning and was talking to the Tozers, who asked me if I could phone Jordan this afternoon and ask if he wanted to come to the Last Chance presentation at our church. I said sure, and that afternoon, I tried getting ahold of him; however, the line was busy. I called back a couple other times with no success. So, since my parents had to…Continue Reading