Originally posted by KaelemJamesAs i said above, one can be weaker at times. One day you are up and about, other days you see the cup
half empty. And, as i said, i was referring to the past, not the present. I, too have now realized when i start to doubt and the negativity sets in
that I am alert. When they arise within me i will pray straight away. I see these as "attacks" from a spiritual side, to demoralize and bring one
down to morbidity and depression, and so lead you away from faith.
How do you know it is not happening? Each to themselves. Not everyone believes in God, nor has faith that the cancer or whatever disease/illness will
be gone. I can say that this is the reason my faith has become stronger, i have overcome a disease with prayer. That is all i will say.
I wonder how you are so sure prayer caused you to overcome your disease?
It's interesting how many people have diseases like cancer, and they pray for healing, and they recover and beat the disease. And all it took was a
little prayer, two dozen rounds of chemotherapy, the best medication known to man, and amazingly skilled doctors and teams of nurses!
I hope you get my point.
People here are sayings things like, I got the job I wanted, I got better from my illness, and so on. Guess what? Atheists get the jobs they want
sometimes too, and they also get better from illness.
While it is heartwarming (truly) that you got better from your illness, it is not really interesting to the prayer debate without evidence of some
kind that prayer was responsible for your healing. Would you have got better without prayer? They say positive thinking can do wonders for illness,
maybe the will to heal come from within yourself, and had nothing to do with an external force, or being, in which case it would be disingenuous to
say prayer fixed you.
How are we to differentiate?
Now, you say:
1) God always answers if you pray with conviction and sincerity, and
2) Following 1, it's clear that if someone were to have prayed with conviction and sincerity for all of cancer to be eradicated within a short time
span, that would be so
Since cancer is still with us, either no one has prayed for its eradication, or point 1 is false.
It is quite clear many have prayed for this, some with real conviction and sincerity, therefore it is undeniable that 1 is false. This does not
disprove God, but it sheds major doubt on the words of the Bible.
I am interested in how you reconcile that.