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#46    tcgram

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 12:26 AM

Personally, I pray to talk to God.  In order to help any relationship grow, there needs to be communication.  I want to be closer to God and praying to Him is one way I feel more in tune with what He wants for my life.


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 12:34 AM


Good luck ?

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 12:58 AM

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Why do you tell you partner you love them when they already know. It is a good way to have a personal relationship with God. Even if he is all-knowing.


Ah, but does your partner really know?  Love isn't always "forever", you know.  In any event, many times saying, "I love you," is likely to be feedback, or to elicit feedback, showing that you are still in tune with each other.  I see no reason why any all-knowing "God" would ever need such feedback, but I sure do see where humans do.  .


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 01:12 AM

An all-knowing god would know that I'm going to pray and what I am going to pray about.  Sounds like an exercise in futility to me.  And as far as communication goes, it's pretty much one-way these days.  I haven't seen any burning bushes or heard voices telling me to go up on Mt. Sinai.


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 04:36 AM

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Personally, I pray to talk to God.  In order to help any relationship grow, there needs to be communication.  I want to be closer to God and praying to Him is one way I feel more in tune with what He wants for my life.


Well said thumbsup.gif

I said something much the same a couple of pages back and it was ignored since people want to think there's some spiritual/religious reason beyond wanting talk to God.

Hopefully, you are not ignored either.

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Posted 10 November 2005 - 06:26 PM

PA, I found your post a couple of pages back...I must have missed it at first, sorry!  I agree totally with you about praying.   thumbsup.gif


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Posted 10 November 2005 - 06:39 PM

Although the 'asking from God' part of prayer would be pointless if an omnipotent, omniscient God existed, prayer could still have a purpose if it was used more as a kind of meditation on the presence and being as God, and not as a supplication for blessings.

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