posted on Aug, 28 2007 @ 09:53 PM
Before I begin, allow me to make it crystal clear that I pose this thread as a question and not a statement. This is an opinion that I have developed
over the last few weeks, months, and even years, and I wish to discuss it amongst our membership.
When I watch people in sporting events, television, (reality television in particular) or any other event that really doesn't impact the world on a
grand scale, pray to bring themselves good fortune, I can't help but feel it is completely selfish and egotistical.
Not sure if any one here watches it, but I do and it is basically the reason I've been pushed to author this thread. On the reality show Big
Brother, there are two contestants that constantly pray to god to keep them in the house, and are both certain that their best wishes are in his plan.
Why? Why would god be watching them, or myself, and spend his time making sure things worked out, over something so pointless?
Every day there are millions of children starving, going to bed hungry, living in a home with alcoholic parents, even the children in Darfur, the list
can go on and on, and these people are in serious need of help. But yet we actually expect salvation and support in something as pointless as a
sporting event or a reality television competition?
Don't get me wrong, I watch reality television (a little bit) and I am a huge sports fanatic. But I have a major problem when people bring religion
into it, and thank god for everything that he has done. Is it not insulting to those who starve, and those who really haven't had the chance? Is it
insulting to say that god has given you so much, while so many others have so little?
I make no effort to hide that I consider myself an Agnostic, and really tend to vary in my beliefs. But I do find it very egotistical, and very
selfish, when people bring their religion into these sorts of things, while they know there are so many people in much more desperation.
If your faith is that strong, why not pray for god to bring salvation to those that really need it? Rather than praying for the next goal, the next
home run, or another week in the big brother house.
What are your thoughts on this?
[edit on 28-8-2007 by chissler]