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kingdomkey96

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More and more I see people being pretty selective of when they believe in 'God.' Seems as if these days people who believe in a 'God' only 'acknowledge' It when they have some problem.

My question, however, is mostly for non-religious people. I want you to think about a situation: You're at school/work/home when you get a call. Someone tells you that the person you love the most in the world be it your mom/sibling etc. has been involved in a freak accident. You rush over to the hospital to the sight of this person bleeding profusely. The doctor comes out of the operating room only to say that there's no more he can do and that the person will most likely die.

Despite the fact that you do not believe in God, will you just for a second whisper a small plea to this being, begging for your loved one's life, in the hope that somehow this person is saved? Will you for a second forget everything that has led you to your disbelief? Will you hope beyond hope that this being is listening?

As I write this I think the answer for most will be 'yes.' However, I may be wrong. Respond guys.
 

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Yeah. I have noticed this too.
People have grown up with religion in the home and in media.

People who do this dont really think too hard about the religious aspect of their life, unless it helps them.
 

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No, it's a waste of the ample time i could spend with said person. I'd rather talk with them, say goodbye, try to comfort him/her.
 

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Any non-religious person tries it not because they believe there is a God who will answer their prayer. They do it because they have nothing to lose by doing so, and on the off chance that a God does exist - and on the even more-off chance that he listens to you - he will have the power to fix things. It's not a move of confirming or admitting to faith. It's a move of desperation.
 

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It isnt a waste of time I think.
Even I, an atheist, find comfort in prayer like thoughts. I feel better to talk to myself, saying something like "please be ok".

Even at night, when thinking about my day, I will wish to myself something some times. I dont think a god is listening, I just think that it helps order my thoughts and it is relaxing.

So, I can see how people do this.
 

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I am religous but I have indeed seen non christians, even hardcore athiests, accept prayers and say them in a time of great hardship. It is indeed something interesting
 

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No. If god wanted to do anything for her, he would've not let her get in a damn accident. At this point, I'm saying fuck god even more.

Only person I could or would be begging to irrationally is the staff/doctors.
 

LongLiveLife

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Only person I could or would be begging to irrationally is the staff/doctors.

While more logical than praying to God, it's about as hopeless. The staff do their best in any situation, and dealing with an emotionally wrecked patients and relatives, though part of their job description, will throw them off their A-game. This knocks on to subsequent operations and patients, resulting in even more mistakes made or lives lost in the operating room. A stressed surgeon is a bad surgeon.

Like ▽ said, spending that time with the dying patient is your best bet.
 
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