Originally posted by etherical waterwave
do a prayer, when there isn't an obvious difference you may remain the atheist you are.
Prayer can have a positive influence on a person because it releases endorphins, and the same happens when you meditate. I meditate 15min every single
day, and have been for 11 years...but I don't need to make up a deity to meditate, you listen to your breath, or use other means to focus or calm
yourself. Some people might prefer prayer and the result is similar, but it's nothing but a chemical interaction in brain/body
My sense for rationality/logic is too strong to talk to a personal god we have no evidence even exists....and that's always been that way, even during
near death experiences. When I had Meningitis at 17 years old, the doctors asked my parents if I'm an organ donor because they only gave me a 25%
survival chance. Within a week, I had slipped into a coma twice because of that damn virus.
Anyway, on day 6 when I was barely able to move (feels like someone's stabbing your neck when you lift it) but had to go for number 2. At that point,
the nurse told me there's no way I can make it to the bathroom, and that I'd have to "let it go and not worry" because she's gonna clean me...before
leaving the room. That did it for me, call it pride or whatever, but when she left the room to give me some privacy I got up and crawled to the
bathroom...the entire way I thought I'd pass out, but I made it to the toilet. I passed out and fell off the toilet after taking care of business in
Anyway, a week later the doctors said I'd make it. They also said they they still don't get how I was able to get up and crawl to the toilet given my
condition and the ridiculous amount of meds I had in me. But they said that's what probably saved my life, the "never give up" attitude. Personally, I
think it also had something to do with me being a teenager and the nurse kinda hot...I was embarrassed
But it was very very close...so close
that my entire family came to say "good bye" on day 4.
What I'm trying to make clear is this: Even then, I never once prayed...which should make it pretty clear that until there's credible, objective
evidence, I won't pray to a fictional character, not even if I'm about to die
edit on 1-3-2011 by MrXYZ because: (no reason given)