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Religion question to non believers
by Anonymous
April 2, 2013 at 10:02 AM
When a Christian says they will pray for you( and I don't mean pray for your souls, but for YOU, regarding something you are going through),does that offend you?
If it does, why? For a Christian, one of the best ways to show they care is to pray for someone, so if they have no other way of helping you, isn't the fact that they want to help in SOME way a good thing?

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  • Sekirei
    by Sekirei
    April 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    It can be seen as an attempt to affect someone's free will. Depending on the path (not all view it that way) it can be seen as an act of aggression. 

    Then, it is most of the time condescending. Then again, praying someone goes to their deity is trying to affect free will.


  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    April 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM
    I don't mind what religion you are and what your beliefs are, if you say you'll pray for me, light a candle for me, dance naked in the woods for me, I don't and won't take offense, it's a persons way of showing compassion to a situation. Nothing to get up in arms about. Now if you start beating me with a Bible screaming mercy on my soul, then I'd take offense, but, haven't met a Christian yet who does or would do such, so whatever.
  • Anonymous 3
    by Anonymous 3
    April 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM
    Doesnt bug me at all.
    Ill often say the same thing to others.
    Its just another way to say sending positive energy. Thinking of you. Its a way to express they care.
    being tolerant of the beliefs in others means accepting the way they do their thing and not taking it personally.
  • Not_A_Native
    April 2, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I am an athiest, and no, it doesn't bother me.  I had a lot of people tell me that when my daughter had surgery at the age of 3.  I was not offended, I was touched.

  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster
    April 2, 2013 at 10:12 AM
    So if someone says" I will pray that you find peace in (whatever) situation, or that you can find the strength to deal with it, that's aggression or interference?


    Quoting Sekirei:

    It can be seen as an attempt to affect someone's free will. Depending on the path (not all view it that way) it can be seen as an act of aggression. 

    Then, it is most of the time condescending. Then again, praying someone goes to their deity is trying to affect free will.



  • MrsVolle0904
    April 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM
    Honestly, I find that it is kind of comforting. I'm not an atheist (tho I know many) but I also am not sure what I believe in and all that. If someone is willing, no matter what they believe, to jus pray for me as a person, then awesome. To each their own.
  • TugBoatMama
    April 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Nah doesn't bug me.

  • Sekirei
    by Sekirei
    April 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    If the person did not ask for the prayer.. it can be. Like I said, not every path believes this. I personally think the ones that pray we find their god to be acts of aggression. 

    the situtation you presented, no, I do not see it that way. I may not appreciate the prayer, but I appreciate the sentiment. 

    Quoting Anonymous:

    So if someone says" I will pray that you find peace in (whatever) situation, or that you can find the strength to deal with it, that's aggression or interference?


    Quoting Sekirei:

    It can be seen as an attempt to affect someone's free will. Depending on the path (not all view it that way) it can be seen as an act of aggression. 

    Then, it is most of the time condescending. Then again, praying someone goes to their deity is trying to affect free will.




  • christina0607
    April 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Of course not.

  • AquariusFemale9
    April 2, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I think it's a nice sentiment, but to me it's synonymous with lighting a candle for you...a nice gesture that accomplishes nothing.

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