Before I continue with this post, my heart and prayers go out to those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. We must all band together to help them get their lives back together.
And...that brings me to the point of this post: praying vs doing something: are they really polar opposites?
Apparently so, if you are a hardcore atheist like Ricky Gervais, who recently got into a flame war with a Twitter account called #PrayForOklahoma and followed it up with this statement:
"I feel like an idiot now ... I only sent money."
This was later followed up by atheist idiots who either know nothing about religion, are just regurgitating the same bile from other ignorant atheists or can't be bothered to think for themselves. My favorite has to come from CNN's Facebook page where someone wrote:
"If prayer works, there wouldn't be a disaster like this in the first place ... so please keep your religion to yourself."
To that, I say if atheism could define for itself tragedy, then you have the right to call it that or if the Bible said believers would never endure suffering, then you would have a point but you're wrong on both counts
so keep your atheism to yourself.
[For more on what the Bible says about suffering, click here.]
Back to Gervais for a moment....he has no right to say giving of yourself is better than prayer for the following reasons:
1. Even the Bible itself says deeds are what lead to justification and salvation and not just by belief alone. (for more information, click here)
2. Ignatius of Loyola (as well as other great Christian thinkers) would tell him affective love (based on nice feelings) is inferior to effective love (based on deeds).
3. He doesn't seem to be aware religious people, by every rubric and study you can find, give far more of themselves than atheists.
[As a side note, many atheists would argue "Christians just give of themselves because they fear hell." That doesn't even make any sense because a) not giving of yourself is not a serious enough sin to merit hell b) it's a disingenuous accusation based on the atheist's "supposed" power to read minds and c) it doesn't explain why atheists give so little. I could very well argue "atheists don't give enough because they just don't care about anyone except themselves" and mine would make far more sense.]
4. Given his track record, I see no reason to think Gervais would give anything to help people and here's what makes me think that:
-While he does have a girlfriend of several years, he refuses to marry her because "there's no point in us having an actual ceremony before the eyes of God because there is no God." (specious reasoning)
-He doesn't want kids because "[I] didn't fancy dedicating 16 years of our lives. And there are too many children, of course." (more specious reasoning plus even the UN doesn't agree with him.)
[Another side note that I'm sure people will write to me about: I am aware he did write an article to the Wall Street Journal explaining why he doesn't believe in God. I have read it, it's complete garbage and I don't agree with any of it so don't bother.]
So there you have it: more proof that atheists are idiots.