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athgarvan

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS

James 5:16-18 says, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective". And Jesus himself taught, "…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Mt. 17:20).

How would an honest modern scientist respond to these quotes from scripture?

Is there genuine power in prayer? Is it reasonable to expect results from our prayers?  Does prayer help people to cope with alienation, loneliness, and the stresses of modern living? Is there something uniquely powerful and uplifting about praying together? When we pray, are we praying to a personal creative power who really exists, or to some projection of our imagination?

I believe the Mystery we call God is a personal creative power who answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers are not always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time. When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God's will, God responds powerfully! The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the Mysterious God who is being prayed to.

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i can't leave your post without a response

i think people and cultures fashion the god they need and fits their understanding of the world
but that says nothing about the reality of god
how can we know? - we can't - we make a choice
it reminds me of a friend's reply to her son's questions about Santa Claus - he exists if you believe in him

prayer can work - i have experienced that - i know it opens me to insight and understanding
being with people of similar belief strengthens one
How can we know? A long Jewish history. Jesus has told us. The Church teaches us. A leap of faith confirms it for each individual believer. This last is the difficult part. We are dealing with a mystery. Does such exist? If such there be it cannot be assured by our poor reason alone.
through out history people have had their gods and goddesses
it seems an inbuilt need - we are programed to want a deity
we don't want to be alone - we want to be protected

we make a choice on what we want to believe (or not believe)
we use that evidence which we choose to believe
hopefully, the choice makes us happy

there are many paths - many ways to express the need to believe in something/someone
> How would an honest modern scientist respond to these quotes from scripture?<

An honest scientist would say they would want evidence before engaging in theory.

And whilst there is good empirical evidence for "the power of prayer", the best hypothesis that fits the facts is that it's talking to yourself. Which is a valuable activity.
Are there such things as mysteries? Or are there just "unknowns"?
To quote Wittgetstein in the Tracatus..

"6.44 It is not how things are in the world that is mystical, but that it exists."

In the universe there are plenty of unknowns.

The fact that there is a universe is a mystery.