Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Public prayer or pride

So let's hammer the false believer with the Bible.

Do you have a right to pray in public. Okay, let's say that you do. But, you violate the teaching of the New Testament.

Matthew 6:5-6 - And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.

Ouch. So praying even while in a place of worship could be hypocrisy. Ditto for the street corner. I'd add onto that school prayer, prayer before a football game, and in government buildings.

Matthew 6:6 - But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

So a direct statement of where to pray. In secret so that the rewards will be openly seen by all. Not on street corners. Not in football stadiums. Schools. In private.

So how did the Jesus of the New Testament pray?

Mark 1:35 - 35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

We could also visit Luke 9:18, John 6:15, Matthew 14:23, and Mark 6:46.

So let the idiots have their public prayer. It's not Christ-like. Therefore, not Christian.

Public Prayer in Hall County, Georgia

Yup. I can't stay away from the hypocrisy of forced prayer. Why?

No one has a right to intrude upon my faith in public or in private. No one. But, that doesn't stop the mighty Faithful from trying. In the Gainesville Times, some pious ass asserted a right to pray anywhere and any time.

Let me bash him.

There are things which shouldn't be done in public. Among these, our society includes burning a combination of paper and tobacco. That's all it takes to make a cigarette. One burns the paper and the tobacco then inhales some of the smoke before coughing it out again.

If someone wants to burn paper, let them do it in private. If they want to call tobacco incense, there's still no right to burn it in public. Is that so hard to understand? No.

In keeping with that, what about breathing. I have an absolute need to breathe. Should the state or an individual terminate breathing? No. That's not hard to understand either.

So what about emptying my bowels? I have to do that just as much as I have to breathe. Only, there are damn good reasons I don't squat at public meetings to meet my needs. That is a given.

So, people may have a right to pray just like I have a need to shit. Both those activities have a time and a place.

Back to force. Don't force your prayers on me and I won't shit in your living room.