I have always wondered about the reasons for religious people praying to their God when something goes wrong or when they hope for a change. For example, someone is involved in an accident and is fighting for their life and their loved ones are praying to their God for blessings or help. Sometimes these people go on social media (like Facebook or Twitter) to set up and spread hashtags pleading for others (mostly strangers) to pray for the blessing of their loved one who is in critical condition.
To me, an Atheist, this seems no different from a petition. A petition as I quoted above, is basically the same idea of having a group of people raising their voices to be heard by an authority figure, with the more people signing up for the petition, the likelier they are to be heard and listened to. Is this not similar to prayer, when huge groups of people pray to their authority figure (their God/deity) and using the power of many voices to influence the attention of their deity?
Why, then, would a God, benevolent as he is, be so selective and specific as if to say, for example: "If I do not get 10000 prayers, I will not save his person's life!" Would not their God, omnipotent and all-knowing, already have known of this person's struggle which would make redundant the need for prayers in the first place? And if he already knows of the situation and yet does not help the dying person, how would having 100, 1000 or 10000 prayers influence their God's choice to save or bless a person unless that same God is an egoistical being, whom the religious faithful will disagree with?
This absolutely makes no sense at all. Can the religious faithful explain this to me?
Edited by Ashyne, 04 September 2014 - 10:26 PM.