Don't Like the Outcome? Change the Definitions

I actually thought it would come out sooner. Smarting from the recent scientific study finding that prayer doesn't actually cause people to get better, the Christianists have used their favorite tactic: they redefined the question.

Citizen Link (which I'm assuming is a Christian mouthpiece) twists every possible fact and term to make the scientific study seem silly:

"Prayer does not make God do something, let's put it that way," Dean Marek said, "or manipulate God into having our will be done."

National Day of Prayer Vice Chairman Jim Weidmann said prayer, in fact, is all about God's will.

"When people pray, what you must do is you must pray in the will of God," he told Family News in Focus. "God also tells us, 'You have not because you ask not. You receive not because you ask amiss.' "

Researchers have no way of measuring God's will regarding the subjects of this study.

"When you understand prayer from God's perspective," Weidmann said, "you understand the power of prayer even in healing situations."
Did you catch that? They basically said, "Of course prayer works but in those cases God wanted more complications so he did what he wanted to even though we prayed." Of course, if you take that for true, you have to accept that even if you don't pray, God will do what he wanted to do.

If God wants a person to get better, they'll get better, prayer or no prayer. If God wants a person to stay sick, they'll stay sick, prayer or no prayer. And that proves that prayer works!

School would have been so much easier if I had been able to use Christian logic to answer engineering questions...

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