There is no god. If there were, you could have straightforward conversations with him whenever you wanted (and thus you could ask him this question, instead of asking it here). And prayer has no confirmed effects other than natural psychological and biochemical effects (such as placebo and anxiety relief), which is equally accomplished by entirely godless meditation.
Is prayer just a way of centering oneself neurochemically (all maintained within the brain alone) or does prayer really connect one with "God"? How does one know if one is really communicating with "God"?
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How did polar bears get from the middle east to the polar ice caps, and penguins to Antarctica, and all the strange Australian beasts to Australia, etc., without leaving populations behind?
What are the beliefs of Hari Krishnas and do you agree with them?
God knowing in advance how I will use my free will means that god knows which events will lead to me being religious, and which to me being atheist. If God does exist, then doesn't his choice to set forth the latter mean he wanted me to be atheist?
Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?
What does your belief system teach about obesity; or, in a broader sense, physical health/appearance?
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