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My Take: Dear God: How to pray on National Day of Prayer?
President Barack Obama praying at a White House Easter event in April.
May 3rd, 2012
09:51 AM ET

My Take: Dear God: How to pray on National Day of Prayer?

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Dear Deity,

In the Milky Way, on planet Earth, in the United States of America, Thursday is our National Day of Prayer, so I am writing to ask You how to pray.

Seventy eight percent or so of U.S. citizens are Christians, so should we pray today to the Christian God? This seems to be the conviction of the folks at the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which pops up first if you Google “National Day of Prayer.” (By the way, do You Google, God? And if so do you ever Google "God"?)

The NDP Task Force refers to itself as “Judeo-Christian,” but it sure looks evangelical to me. It has been chaired since 1991 by Shirley Dobson, the wife of Focus on the Family founder (and evangelical stalwart) James Dobson. Its site quotes liberally from the New Testament, and one of its goals is to “foster unity within the Christian Church.”

A NDP Task Force press release begins: “Americans to Unite and Pray on Thursday, May 3rd, for the 61st Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer." But will their sort of prayer really unite our nation?

Twenty four percent of Americans are Catholics, and God knows they don’t pray the way evangelicals do. Nearly 2% are Mormons and another 2% are Jews. And neither of those groups talks to You with the easy familiarity of born-again Christians.

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And what about American Hindus and Muslims and Buddhists?  Muslims agree with their Jewish and Christian neighbors that there is one God. But how to pray as a nation when some believers affirm more than one God and some affirm fewer?

As You obviously know, the 1.6% of Americans who call themselves atheists and the 2.4% who call themselves agnostics refer to today as the National Day of Reason. On their web site, they argue that our National Day of Prayer represents an unwanted and unconstitutional intrusion of religion into the workings of the U.S. government.

In his various proclamations of the National Day of Prayer, including this year's, President Obama has referred to prayer as an important part of U.S. history. He speaks of the Continental Congress and Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. being driven to their knees by the force of the tasks set before them.

But when our national icons have prayed on our behalf, they have done so in generic terms. Washington addressed “the Almighty”; Jefferson called on “that Infinite Power.” They did so because they wanted prayer to unite us, not to divide us, and they knew from the start that different Americans call You by different names.

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But addressing “Providence” in vague pieties will not satisfy everyone either. The evangelicals at the NPD Task Force reject efforts to “homogenize” America’s many different ways of praying into one common prayer.

I see their point. Like language, religion is a specific sort of thing. If you are going to speak, you need to choose a language. If you are going to pray, you need to choose a religion (and a god). So if they want to pray to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, more power to them.

But what happens when that particular prayer language is put forth as our collective national language? What happens when we pray, as Rick Warren did at President Obama’s inaugural, “in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus”? Then prayer turns into a wedge, dividing those who call you Christ from those who call You Krishna (or do not call on You at all).

So I return to my original question: How should we pray on this National Day of Prayer?

But while I have Your attention (do I?) I have one more.

This year the NDP Task Force has chosen for its theme “One Nation Under God” and its Bible quote is: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalms 33:12). Is our god You? Since 1954 we have bragged in our Pledge of Allegiance that we are "one nation under God." Are we?

All too often, it seems to me, we use You rather than following You. Democrats ask You to shill for them on tax policy and immigration. Republicans claim to speak in Your name on abortion and gay marriage. Does this annoy You — playing the pawn in our political chess games? Don't You sometimes just want to smite us?

Finally, before I let you go, I must ask You about the marginal tax rate for the wealthiest Americans. Perhaps You have more important things on your plate, but while I have Your attention (do I?) I must ask: What portion of their income should millionaires pay to the U.S. government? When President Kennedy came into office the highest income tax rate was 91%. Was that too high? Today it is 35%. Is that too low? (Just curious.)

This prayer is already too long, so I should stop. But if You are still there (are You?) maybe you could just tell me whether You follow the Roman Catholic Church. If so, could you comment on the recent fight the Vatican has been picking with American nuns? Do you think our nuns should be spending more time fighting contraception and less time caring for the poor and the sick?

And do get back to me on that how to pray thing. We’re all supposed to do it on Thursday, together.

Sincerely,

Steve

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

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  1. trying to love

    They should disable commenting on stuff like this. It seems to always spur on hatred rather than love.

    1 John 4:16,17

    May 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • One one

      What could more hatefully than believing people deserve to burn in hell for not believing as you do ?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Wondering

      Do you have the courage to point out how much of the hate is Christian?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Scott

      @ "What could more hatefully than believing people deserve to burn in hell for not believing as you do ?" It would be more hateful to believe in a world where there is no purpose. Survival of the fittest? Ring a bell? If so then someone killing someone else is making them fitter than the other right? Now that logic is hateful. Hmm, hard to accept the ends your belief system (yes you do believe too!) forces if its logical ends are reached. Is there anything more hateful than someone for no purpose other than their own survival being willing to kill me? If evolved the that is the logical outcome. We are ruined by the sin we have in our hearts and yes hell is the destiny for those who choose to stay in their sin instead of accepting the loving, sacrificial gift of Jesus who saves us from our sin. That's not hateful. Choosing to live without God is hateful. To Him. to Christ by rejecting His sacrifice for sin, and to ourselves and families who we pull down with us. Love is found in sacrifices for others. Hate found in sacrificing another. Hell isn't a sacrifice, its a punishment for sin.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  2. Debbie

    I am a Christian. I do my best to follow Christ. America was founded on religious freedom. Puritains came for freedom. Quakers came for freedom. Our founding fathers wanted religious freedom. While they were Anglican officially it was not by choice but by force. To have a vote or hold office you had to be white, male, own land and be a member of the Church of England. It was for political reason not by choice. What I see in America today is a Christian denomination (Evangelicals) becoming a political force and organization not one that follows Christ. Christ gives us all free will choice. When we use our religious beliefs to control others actions we are placing ourselves above Christ and his power to offer free will choice. I have no problem with a national day of prayer to acknowledge a diverse populations spirituality if people are allowed to pray as they so choose. The problem I see today is the push from the far right religious communities that only their religions and beliefs are right, totally ignoring the power of Christ. If my neighbor is Aethiest, Buddist, Hindu, Jew, or a Muslim it is their right to do so and it is their right to do so without oppression from the religious right. It is wrong and not of Christ for any Christian to press their beliefs upon another. It is one thing to give witness and it is quite another to place yourself above God and his work of free will choice. On this national day of prayer I will pray O Creator have mercy on us. Please open the eyes and hearts of my decieved brothers and sisters and may they allow you Creator to offer your free will choice as you see fit not as they choose to control.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • kosher kow

      Debbie, you are one christian that truly gets it. very well put comment

      May 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Jen

      WOW Debbie if more Christians were like you they wouldnt make so many of us so upset. Sometimes I think I get Jesus more than most Christians do, and I am an agnostic Buddhist.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Scott

      Great demonstration of self righteous liberalism Debbie. Wow, hating on your 'brothers and sisters' and offering reconciliation to those who are without Christ (by their free choice of course!). You sound like Jehoshaphat, II Chr. 19:2 "“Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD and so bring wrath on yourself from the LORD?"

      May 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Scott

    The NDP was the creation of bible believing Christians and a call to Biblical values regarding prayer. Its not a policy setting group just because they happen to be Christians. Our country has traditionally had a Judeo-Chrstian value system and seeking to marginalize that is societal suicide. Yes we are blessed for seeking the Christian God as the NDP's verse illustrates. Find a country with lack of freedoms and economic woes and I'll show you an atheistic, or non Judeo Christian country. Show me a strong world power and I'll show you a history of Judeo Christian values. Simple. If you don't like it Sweden would love to have you make mocking prayers to deity all day. But watch out. This heavily atheistic country has high suicide rates.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  4. Brett the Atheist

    Why didn't God foresee the invention of Digital Video and give a camera to one of the Apostles?

    May 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Scott

      Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

      May 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Brett the Atheist

      Religion would say that wouldn't it. How self serving. It's like a virus that has a built in survival mechanism.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Because

      Scott, you just provided a quote that say that a lack of evidence is itself evidence. Do you need my to point out why that utter contradiction is inherently untrue?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • jesuschristcross

      at scotty. that's fox news old slogan. before they changed it to fair and balanced. like god.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • William

      Jesus said this Thomas .. after Thomas refused to believe until he put his hands into the ail wounds....
      "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

      God put the knowledge in all of us, he does not need a digital camera.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Scott

      "Religion would say that wouldn't it." No that was said long before you tried to invent some man made super logic for destroying faith. God is a spirit and as such isn't material so unseen by material eyes and scientific instruments. Its like you being told there are quarks flying around and though you can't see them or really even measure them you still believe in it. Why? You can't see it, so why believe in something you can't see? Wind. Its a force that's invisible. You believe in it but have no way of seeing it. So is the spirit and so is God. You'll just have to believe like you already selectively do for those things your science priests tell you to. I have a higher priest! The highest. Check it out some time. 🙂

      May 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  5. Jerome

    Why is it that people can doubt God all they want, but when someone in Europe denies the Holocaust they get thrown in jail?

    May 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Scott

      Ouch said the straw man.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Because

      Holocaust denial laws are fairly recent for the most part, and have come up due to a rise in aggressive forms of street neofascism. They have far more to do with street gangs and crime than anything Jewish.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Mason

      Because the Holocaust was real

      May 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • realistic_voter

      One has absolutely nothing to do with the other. Not sure of the point you are trying to make.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • jesuschristcross

      cause one of those things is a fact. can you guess which one?!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Jerome

      Truth doesn't fear investigation.....but the Holohoax does.

      6 million didn't die, the Jews are LYING to you sheep.....

      May 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Logic

      Because the holocaust is something that really happened.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Jen

      Because the holocaust is a fact.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  6. GOD IS GREAT

    ARREST ATHEISTS & PUT THEM IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Jerome

      Yeah Buddy!!!!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • tokencode

      Sounds like what hitler did to the jews, you nazi.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • jesuschristcross

      what page of the bible is this on? the centerfold?!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  7. Allen

    Any religion that indoctrinates children to believe that "anyone who does not believe exactly the same way they do is going to hell" is simply building bigots. Not good.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Scott

      Any non-religon that teaches its children they are a colossal accident and that only the fittest survive end up like China and N. Korea. You emphasize the negative aspect of eternity which while true that there is a hell for those without Christ but the world is already born with this condition. You ignore the Good News that heaven is the home for those who return to God away from their irreligious, ungodly, unbelieving hearts to obey His call. Listen up and you'll hear something good instead of harping on the born state of mankind without God. He gives Himself to us so trying to make the Christian gospel out to be some bullying technique is disingenuous and misrepresents what we tell the world. We say Come to Jesus, believe on Him and you will have eternal life. What do you have to say? "Try to stick around as long as you can before you're all non-existent." What a fabulous message. So counter terrible to those who can have a loving God as their Savior for eternity.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • UncleM

      Scott – doesn't it bother you that religion is made up?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Scott

      Actually you and I are made up. God just is. I'm not including religion per se since I don't condone religion which isn't centered around the Lord Jesus Christ who is the way,the truth, and the life. God isn't made we are. Some religions, in fact every religion that says you have to do X to get to heaven is made up. The belief that Jesus did X to get us to heaven isn't made up, it just is.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  8. n8263

    Why would a perfect god feel the need to be worshipped?

    May 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • JT

      I know. That's like us getting all upset and punishing ants in eternal flames that do not worship us. Sick.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Because

      Why would an all knowing god make imperfect beings like humans, knowing they would soon eat the apple, and when they did, which he knew would happen and made them temptable anyway, why would he get mad? Why would he condemn the entire human race for the mistake of two people – guilt by association like that is considered wildly unjust to us lowly humans.

      There are a lot more of those questions.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • jesuschristcross

      nobody's perfect.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • Scott

      Why would a perfect woman want to be loved, adored, caressed, and esteemed highly? Why would a man want to be honored, loved, intimate, and seen as the apple of his wife's eye? Its about a relationship. Since God is who He is and we are who we are its the equivalent of the intimacy we share as spouses and the offering of affection. Without it you are just sucking wind in life.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • HisSlave

      God wants to be loved and to love his creation, and to show you generosity beyond your wildest dreams. God cannot co-exist with evil, his creations had freewill to chose existing for themselves and being vain, believing there own rightousness greater than his, or rendering service and love to him, trusting in him for all things. Peace cannot exist in chaos. The evil in mens souls will be purged or that soul will be obliterated. I for one and looking forward to loving and experiencing eternity with all my brothers and sisters in service and love to our Lord. Peace be with all of you.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Pray Pray Pray

    Atheists should have their children being taken away and have the atheist parents arrested for teaching their children bad evil and cr.ap lifestyle taking them to hell

    May 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Wholly Mary

      Yes, I repeat. Yeah, yeah, yeah-sure, sure, sure -blah, blah, blah-yadda, yadda, yadda.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Giggling

      Teaching bad evil, instead of the good evil Christians teach.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • jesuschristcross

      spoke like a true believer.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  10. Jerome

    Why is it against the law to doubt the Holocaust in western Europe?

    May 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • JT

      Because Jews are in control?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • HisSlave

      Because it happened, and the strong desire to deny the truth is indicative of an anti-semite. Now I wonder what group over there is like that? Why do you ask?

      May 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Everett Wallace

    rev. jaason. Jesus is spelled JESUS all caps. God is spelled GOD all caps and BOLD. HIS name is GOD THE FATHER. you wicked individual WE know what and who your lord is and WE know who and what your God is no thank you. YOU cannot Get to the FATHER without acknowledging the SON and His name is Everett Osborne Wallace you all cannot get away from me you evil doers.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • tokencode

      Did they recently install internet access at the insane asylum?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • jesuschristcross

      what about the MOTHER? no?!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • tokencode

      Really? National day of prayer? Didn't we just have Zombie day? I think jesus rose from the dead and ate the brains of all of his followers.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  12. Scholar

    There is a way to pray, which is told to us in the Book of Matthew in the words of Jesus. He tells us to pray in private.
    Those who parade their piety in public, He calls hypocrites.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Everett Wallace

      GOD THE FATHER says when you pray this is how you pray. Our FATHER whom art in Heaven hallowed be thy name thy Kingdom come thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  13. Spark

    If prayer worked, wouldn't all the scourges of humanity be eliminated by now? Given all the prayer that's going on, that there are more praying now than ever, then considering how bad things are and getting worse, it seems that either prayer doesn't work or WE'RE PRAYING TO THE WRONG GUY! So please, everyone – STOP PRAYING!

    If prayer worked, should we trust it in the hands of JUST ANYBODY? Given all the devious intentions out there, wouldn’t all the prayers CANCEL OUT?

    What is prayer other than the second guessing of God's Will?

    When you pray, aren’t you essentially asking God to suspend your Free Will and/or to suspend the Laws of Nature? I mean, we all know that our actions have consequences, right? If we don’t want a certain consequence, then DON’T DO THE ACT! And if you accomplish something, don’t you want to take full credit for it, rather than have to thank God, which is like cheating?

    In conclusion, it seems that prayer is either silly, pointless, or...dangerous.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Conor

      There will be an end to the earth. Things are getting worse. you and your unfaithful mind. God bless you.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  14. Bennie

    The ONLY God is the Christian God. There are no other Gods.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Wholly Mary

      Yeah, yeah, yeah-sure, sure, sure -blah, blah, blah-yadda, yadda, yadda.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • n8263

      If I say I believe that my brown paper bag contains an invisible, spaghetti monster and he's the ONLY God, how is that different from your statement?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • JT

      Then why does your god mention other gods in the OT?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Scholar

      Christianity, Judaism and Islam have in common the Prophet Abraham. These three religions have more in common than different, including their belief in a single deity.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • jesuschristcross

      let me help. "There are no Gods." there, fixed. can i get an amen?!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • HisSlave

      Scholar, I disagree. One of Allah's names is the "Best Deceiver" http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Allah_the_Best_Deceiver
      Not the God of Abraham bro, guess you are not the greatest scholar.

      Now, the Bible does tell us who is the best deceiver, the father of lies.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  15. trollol

    Not a single atheist politician out there, eh? Ever wonder why? ^^

    May 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • JT

      Because Christians are running this country?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Wholly Mary

      Political theatrics.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Jerome

      "Christians running this country"??????? Really dude? It's the Jews, stupid. AIPIAC, Hollywood, Wall Street....all 100 percent KOSHER! What a dupe you are....

      May 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Pray Pray Pray

      Only 1... because they are all son of Satan and uneducated

      May 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • jesuschristcross

      every vote counts.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  16. DanB

    This unserious article by an unserious writer on an unserious blog hardly merits comment but.... how about everyone prays however they see fit, to whomever they see fit, or not at all.
    Why are we speaking english on this website? Why does our president address us in english and why is our money printed in english? Not because it is our official language – the United States doesn't have an official language. Rather, it simply happens to be the language most of us speak and so we use it – and this in no way impinges on anyones else's "right" to speak any other language.

    Similarly most people in the United States are Christian. I have no opinion on if that is good or bad – it is simply reality the same as the reality that most of us speak english. If they wish to have a National Day of Prayer I see no problem with that, it does not impinge on my or anyone else. So I wish them well.

    Not sure why the author has difficulty understanding that we can have tendencies and historical realities and still have our freedom too. Maybe he needs to get a life? Or a real job rather than writing this non-sense.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Jack Pumpkinhead

      Apples to oranges. Language does not attempt to alter the beliefs and values of the non-majority, whereas an officially recognized Day Of Prayer does. You can have it unofficially, but make it official and it violates the Constitution.

      Making politicians kowtow to it is definitely a form of pushing religious values onto public officials, something which language does not and cannot.

      Your analogy fails.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  17. Denise

    Love,

    You said it best!!!!! Non-believers are left to their own choice. Some will believe, some will not. We will live together and the separation, according to Jesus, in the gospels, will happen. It's all about choice. They laughed and were cynical with Noah, the doors shut then and there was wipeout! The opportunity to pray and to REALLY live is yet ours.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Noah? You guys stole that myth too. I guess your god is a lie after all.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • tokencode

      Please someone take all these nutcase praying jesus freaks away

      May 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  18. n8263

    Religion is delusional, prayer is delusional.

    You do not believe in religion because you honestly think it is true, you believe in it because you are afraid of the unknown. It does not take a genius to figure out all religion is man made, so for humanity's sake, please stop lying to yourself.

    Deluding yourself in religion does not change reality. Lying to yourself is probably the worst possible way to try to find meaning in your life.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Conor

      your thoughts are a joke. You will see the truth sooner than you think. God bless you.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      n8....

      You said "Deluding yourself in religion does not change reality. Lying to yourself is probably the worst possible way to try to find meaning in your life".

      Well, friend, deluding yourself in believing there is no God , no afterlife and you're no more then an animal without a soul will not change reality. You and your ilk, keep parroting that we who believe are delusional, but you don't see the absurdity of what you were coaxed into believing.
      Ad for the meaning o f life...Oh,my! How would you know?
      You swallowed the lies the enemy of your soul fed you, you silenced the witness of your own conscience on which was imprinted the knowledge of God, and in pride of your heart you denied Him.
      So when you said "Lying to yourself is probably the worst possible way to try to find meaning in your life" you literally described yourself! Satan is making a FOOL out of you, friend, and lullabying you straight to the portals of Hell !

      May 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • n8263

      Please back up your comments with a rational statement. I bet you can not.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • n8263

      Prism, I believe things when there is a rational basis to do so. There is no rational basis to believe any organzied religion.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      If my statement lacks being rational, what does YOUR lack then?....LOL!

      Where do your find YOUR source? In what book, written by which expert? Please, do tell!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • HisSlave

      Prizm 1234- I see the same as you. They think thier quarks and atoms, planets and galaxys are all there is. They see the pietre dish and think it created them.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      His Slave
      God's Word says "they have eyes, but see not, they have ears , but hear not. " Because the love of truth was not found it their hearts, and they exalted the wisdom of man above the wisdom of God, He has given them the spirit of stupor, so that they can not see or recognize even the obvious!
      As for the beautiful name you chose, it is also a stumbling block to the ungodly, because they do not understand that if a man is a bond servant of Christ, he is truly free indeed. They don't know that if Christ would set them free, they would be free indeed.
      But as it is, it is Satan whom they serve, who – while promising them freedom, spins his web around them ever more denser and tighter.
      I think our free will is one of most dangerous things God gave us. We can choose Him, and choose life, or reject Him, and choose death. There is no middle ground.
      But so many are deceived into thinking that they are free apart from God, not knowing that Satan already got them!

      But what can you tell to proud, stiff necked people who are like silly children, entertaining themselves by throwing insults at us who tell them the truth what is really happening?
      They don't know that the enemy of their souls is already playing their funeral music in the background, waiting for their arrival (and that's LITERALLY speaking), while they're merrily sliding down the path from where is no return. May God help them to see where they're heading, before its too late!

      May 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • n8263

      Prism, that comment was a response to Connor, however it is true that there is no rational basis to believe in an organized religion. That statement is not an insult, and you should not take it that way.

      May 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  19. Allan Beck

    Should we not all pray the same prayer that our beloved president Obama is praying?

    Praise be to Allah, The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds!
    Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Master of the day of judgment.
    Thee do we worship and Thine aid we seek Show us the straight way;
    The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace
    Those whose (portion) is not wrath, And who go not astray.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Debbie

      Do you have ESP? Are you somehow bigger than God as how do you KNOW what anyone prays or is in their heart? Are you saying you are a better Christian or follower of God than the President. Do you think God does not have everyone's concern at heart? God tells us he loves the good and the evil just the same. Does God not love all his creation? That includes atheists, muslims, jews, hindu's, etc. So I'm just curious if you have ESP, bigger than God or what. How do you know what is in anyones heart or what they pray?

      May 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  20. Everett Wallace

    the virgin mary is NOT the QUEEN of HEAVEN.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • HisSlave

      She was a handmaiden to her Lord and that is all, pure in heart, yes but God's holy servant.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
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