January 4th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Japanese pray hard for prosperous 2012

(CNN)–Half a million Japanese faithful pray for a better global economy in 2012. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. sarfaraz khan

    i am christian love in jesus christ. i am attend your prayer program reply me.
    sarfaraz khan Malaysia

    January 17, 2012 at 2:47 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for gods and other nonexistent things

    Prayer changes nothing.
    Prayer has wasted time throughout the course of history
    Prayer defines idiots.
    Prayer gives HeavenSent lots of practice on her fat knobbly knees.
    To the master the bible says you can have many slaves.
    Prayer opens the bowels like high fiber Raisin Bran.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  3. Joe

    If I saw no signs of a divinity, I would fix myself in denial. If I saw everywhere the marks of a Creator, I would repose peacefully in faith. But seeing too much to deny Him, and too little to assure me, I am in a pitiful state, and I would wish a hundred times that if a god sustains nature it would reveal Him without ambiguity.

    January 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  4. The Central Scrutinizer

    Here is my ode to prayer for you "Praybies" (c) 2012 CS

    Believe the Thief and brandish your weapon not
    He tells the truth and his eyes focus on the horizon
    He will say to you, the tornado is coming
    He will say to you, cross me not or die
    He will grab you and hold you and shed a tear with you
    But he will never help you
    The Thief takes and the Thief gives, but he does not tell you his plans
    He is deaf to your pleas
    He is deaf to all things living and dead


    I have insomnia so I have to do something.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:39 am |
  5. The Central Scrutinizer

    It is hard to decide, Lawnmower Man can call EVERYONE at the same time. That is very efficient campaigning. But Kevin Bacon, by virtue of the six degrees, know everone so he has friends in high places. I must think on this a while.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:30 am |
  6. The Central Scrutinizer

    'Ground zero mosque' Barack Obama Belief Bible Catholic Church Christianity Church Church and state Courts Culture & Science Culture wars Europe Evangelical Faith Now Holidays Houses of worship Interfaith issues Islam Judaism Leaders Mosque Muslim My Take New York Opinion Politics Pope Benedict XVI TV United States Violence

    Lawnmower Man 2012. He is IN.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:26 am |
  7. The Central Scrutinizer

    Kevin Bacon 2012. Let us pray.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:14 am |
  8. Reality

    Only for the "newbies":

    Free Will and Future are inherent to all the thinking beings in the Universe. This being the case, it is not possible to alter life or the economy with prayers. Statistically, your request might come true but it is simply the result of the variability/randomness of Nature..

    So put down your rosaries and prayer beads and stop worshiping/revering cows or bowing to Mecca five times a day or showering coins on Shinto gods. Instead work hard at your job, take care of aging parents, volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to charities and the poor and continue to follow the proper rules of your religion or any good rules of living as gracious and good human beings.

    January 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Dreams

      That's what you believe, so go ahead,...do whatever you want to do out of it. That's you're right anyway.

      But wait, others also have their own...then why not let them be?

      January 5, 2012 at 2:49 am |
    • .........

      Hit report abuse on reality garbage

      January 5, 2012 at 4:53 am |
    • Joe

      I invite you to google "Pascal's Wager". You are a logical person, that much is clear. But you have not fully explored in depth the issue of faith vs. athiesm. You are not thinking critically about the issue in its entirety.

      January 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Reality

      .Pascal's Wager:

      "An argument according to which belief in God is rational whether or not God exists, since falsely believing that God exists leads to no harm whereas falsely believing that God does not exist may lead to eternal damnation."

      And anwered with a prayer:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


      January 6, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  9. Harry N

    You raff you ruse!

    January 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  10. kells

    prayer is the key

    January 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      If prayer is the key, where is the lock?

      January 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      the lock is on your mind

      January 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      And you are a brain scientist? Where might the lock be exactly? And how does one insert key into lock?

      January 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Key to delusion, perhaps.

      January 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      How can it be in my mind, when I dont't have a drop of brain?

      January 5, 2012 at 3:06 am |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      I do to have a drop, and I will use it to if you make me. Don't make me give you a stearn talking to!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:15 am |
    • RRussel

      Thats the problem with open minded peoples there brain usually falls out.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:35 am |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      Their brain falls out? What are the mechanics of this....

      January 5, 2012 at 4:46 am |
  11. Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes nothing
    Welcome the grace of humanity
    With reason on a daily basis
    Learn without ceasing in 2012

    January 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      Prayer has set in motion more benefits for mankind than anything else. All knowledge and wisdom proceed from the throne of God.

      January 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      1. Where is the throne. I could move forward faster if I knew where to look.
      2. I hope it is not his cra.pper
      3. How do you define knowledge and wisdom?

      January 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Keith

      TCS, I'm afraid this is the only throne you'll be seeing-and this will NOT be a good thing for you.
      Rev 20:11 ¶ And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

      Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

      Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

      Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

      Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

      January 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • AGuest9


      January 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      Your copy and paste skills continue to impress me. Wake me up when you want to have a discussion that includes your own thoughts. I don't read alll the crap. the Bible is nonsense.

      January 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Reality

      "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      January 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      Where is me? And who am I?

      January 5, 2012 at 3:08 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, look, more threats of eternal damnation from Keith. *yawn*

      January 5, 2012 at 6:27 am |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Welcome the grace of God
    With prayer on a daily basis
    Pray without ceasing in 2012

    January 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      I hereby promise to pray that the Dolphins win the super bowl next year. The Lakers win this year. My family stays healthy and I don't do anything completely stupid. BUT I have to sleep so I am NOT doing the 24/7 thing.

      January 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • tallulah13

      To the author of this post:

      I have not seen you comment on the "Followers of Christ" church yet. That's the church that believes that you should pray when you are sick, not go to a doctor. You know, the one with the graveyard full of children who died from illnesses that could have been easily treated by a doctor? What is your opinion on that epic failure of prayer?

      January 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
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