Excuses For God

God does not answer prayer. Test it for yourself. You don’t get what you ask for any more frequently than if you did not ask. However, over and over again in the bible, God promises to grant every single prayer, no exceptions. You don’t have to be sinless or even good. Click to read the precise promises:

Matthew 7:7-8
Matthew 17:20
Matthew 18:19-20
Matthew 21:22
Mark 11:24
John 14:14
John 16:23

These promises cannot even in theory be true.

In addition he promises to keep you from all harm in Psalms 121:7-8.

How do you reconcile this?

  1. God does not exist.
  2. God routinely breaks his most solemn and frequently repeated promise.

Neither of these two explanations is acceptable to a Christian, so they try lawyerly means to weasel out of the conundrum. One technique is to claim god did not promise to grant prayers but merely to answer them with:

They claim god doing nothing is a tacit way to answer no. They claim this counts as responding to the prayer. God nearly always tacitly says no.

This is nonsense for two reasons:

  1. Read your bible. God did not just promise to respond to all prayers, but to grant them.
  2. If I write to Santa Claus and ask for a pony, and he writes back and says no, that is answering. If he fails to respond to my letter, that is ignoring it. You can’t change the meaning of the word answer only in the context of prayer just to get god off the hook.

Try again Christians.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)