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Bob Bader Why not all prayers deserve to be answered

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Bob Bader

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:24 am, Thu Apr 26, 2012.

A long time ago, my dear friend Albert Einstein said World War III will be fought with cyber and atomic weapons (I paraphrase) and World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

There are people who are presently storing food, water and survival stuff to be ready for what they feel will be the Armageddon. My take on that scenario is simple enough: I ain't getting ready to live with all you survivalists, because I don't want to be alone on this planet in a situation where all the stores will be closed, the gas station will have shut down because no one will have change for a $50,000 gold bar, and all the dairy products will be nothing but a buttery, slimy puddle rotting on the grocery store floor because electricity will be nothing but a fond memory.

The people in their windowless bomb shelters will be sitting around wondering why no one remembered to put playing cards and checkers on the shelf with all those tepid and bulging cans of Spam, next to that silly looking box of candles.

And what about all that worrisome gold in the event of WWIV? I have a hunch there will only be a puff of smoke where the corner grocery stood. Even if there is a store, will they still have stuff to trade for gold, much less a gold scale that still works? Will it be a "gold carat for a limp carrot" situation?

I'm just rambling here because no matter how I try, I just can't make sense of killing a whole country full of people who ain't buying my idea of to whom they should bow down to worship, because I heard over and over that their fealty is being wasted on some being or thing I never even heard of until I was a junior in high school, and then it wasn't clearly stated why. (Not why I hadn't heard about that entity, but what made it more important than life itself.)

I have heard it is incumbent on us all to worship. But I wondered if my particular deity had even heard of me in North Dakota, much less me in Lodi. So I have been thinking: Who of us is right and why?

Praying never seemed as successful as going out and doing what it took to "get'r done."

If I wanted an A on an English test, studying worked a thousand times better than praying and not studying. Praying and studying was always best; praying and studying and not believing seemed kinda silly, because the paradox made me look kinda stupido.

I was asked about my beliefs the other day by a lettered gentleman who reads my stuff. He wondered why I talk about such things. I wondered as well because I read that Mother Teresa has been having second thoughts in her recent writings about her beliefs. I have a simple answer: We assume that God answers prayers on occasion with the stuff we pray to want and have.

Maybe it should be better known that God answers every prayer uttered, often with a simple, "No."

God is the father and as you well know, fathers don't give kids everything they want.

Sometimes we should utter another prayer and thank God for saying no, because a lot of the stuff we ask for is pretty stupid.

Let's say a kid asks for and gets a Ferrari and it blows a simple piston. The bill to fix that could run a couple of thousand bucks. Where is a kid that dumb enough gonna get a thousand bucks without getting back on his knees to ask God for the dough?

As the country song says, "Thank God for unanswered prayers."

Bob Bader can be reached at bobbyo@softcom.net.

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  • Patrick W Maple posted at 3:58 pm on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Bob: I do not pray. For my self... I ask my grandfathers for guidance in what it is that I endeavor to do. I ask for the wisdom that has gone before me so that I might use it to help another.

    When you ask friend for help they usually give it, either immediately or at a later date...that's the way God delivers. Just because you don't see it that doesn't mean it hasn't arrived. Save for my sister I have lost my entire family...if I need some help I ask them. They don't show up with a truck and trailer or some shovels or a book on wisdom...but they do show up...in a lot of different ways.

    I say you ask my sister Nancy if God exists...or her husband Ric...20 years ago when Ric was on his deathbed with a disease that no one had ever even heard of...ask them. Ask how and when God showed up for them.

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 3:41 pm on Mon, Apr 30, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    mrac wrote: 21,000 children die every day, mostly of hunger, preventable disease, and violence.

    First let me say mra that I am not religious. You are correct (a little short) in your numbers. Bill Gates said it best...papaphrasing: "millions die each year from lack of clean water..." Why would I worry about a few hundred dying from global warming over the next ten years now?

    Next: "You want to thank your god for the unanswered prayers of these children and their parents? You say this as though they can prevent it or at the least haven't TRIED to prevent it, which is all that can be asked or is asked of them.

    You remind me of the guy who reads the end of a novel to find out what happens...it is the journey that matters, not the end.

    Last: "More evil from God's Gentle people." You are condemning people like my grandmother, mother and sister...who believe that God blessed them with children and grandchildren. That makes them evil?? Are you from a family of aetheists? NO...you are just a singular asisnine person making judgemental statements abou people you do not know, will never know and don't want to know. You are a hateful small human being.

  • Andy Crowder posted at 4:50 pm on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Children die every day from events that have nothing to do with human greed, sometimes on a massive and horrific scale. Think about all the children who were washed out to sea and drowned in both the Indonesian and Japanese tsunamis. Why didn't God answer their prayers? Bob says we should thank God for saying no to these requests for lifesaving assistance because a lot of the stuff we ask for is pretty stupid. Meanwhile, Texas Little Leaguers get God's help with game winning home runs all the time, because as we know, that's some serious stuff. God's got his priorities straight, that's for sure, Bob.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:24 am on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Bob Bader wrote: "I'm just rambling here......"

    He has never uttered a truer statement.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:56 am on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    To be clear (since iI have dealt with this issue several times in the past), the issues Andy raises are a direct result of HUMAN greed and weakness, NOT a reslut of an uncaring God. It is by OUR choice that we let the children suffer and die (interesting how Andy doesn't seem to care anout the thousands of adult the die of the same). If we acted the problems would be solved.

  • Ryan Jameson posted at 7:47 am on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    Ryan Jameson Posts: 195

    Boy Andy, somebody is an angry, bitter person.

  • Andy Crowder posted at 6:25 am on Thu, Apr 26, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    21,000 children die every day, mostly of hunger, preventable disease, and violence. You want to thank your god for the unanswered prayers of these children and their parents? More evil from God's Gentle people.


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