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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If God is the almighty designer and creator of the universe, and if God is a loving God who cares for His Creation, then why did he create life forms that have the necessity to consume eachother for their very survival?
The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville FL is sponsoring an International Burn A Koran Day on 9/11/2010. I don't understand why they are doing this. I wanted to direct this towards the Muslim and Christian columnists.
Answers: Muslim, Christian
In sharia law, what is the penalty for apostasy? And, if we are all born Muslims, is not everyone other than Muslims an apostate?
Can you conceive of any specific thing that, if it happened, would cause you to change your position on the God issue? If so, what is it? If not, then why not?
Can justice be done using punishment of infinite nature for a transgression of finite nature?
Answers: Atheist, Christian
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