13. Try praying

Have you ever wondered why prayers addressed to god, Jesus, Our Lady, the Saints, Superman, Thor, Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse–always yield the same result? Yet, the authors of the Gospels made Jesus tell how simple it is to pray and get a miracle…

Why did they put that nonsense in Jesus Christ’s mouth? To understand this, we have to start from the Old Testament fables. God, in fact, according to what the ancient fables tell, hears prayers and performs countless miracles and wonders.

Let us read:

– Abraham’s servant prays to god to find a wife for Isaac, tells him what he should do, and, god almighty, fulfills everything perfectly. – Isaac prays for his wife Rebecca and god answers. – God heard the prayer of a little boy and causes a well of water to appear in the desert. – God softens the heart of the jailer of Joseph the brother of Judah. – God fills the sacks of Joseph’s brothers with money. – God answers Abraham’s prayer and heals Abimelech, his wife and servants. – God gives birth to Isaac to Sarah, Abraham’s wife, because she could not have children. – God hears Moses’ prayer and kills the frogs. – God hears Moses’ prayer for horseflies and plagues Egypt. – God gives Moses a wood that he will use to sweeten water and drink it. – God hears the complaints of the people of Israel and sends meat and bread from heaven. – God hears Moses’ prayer and makes water appear for the people to drink. – God causes quails to come into the wilderness, causes water to gush forth, causes the donkey to speak, causes Balaam’s eyes to be opened, and “puts words in his mouth.” – God besides “making people see and hear” takes away intelligence not from “eyes and ears.” – God says he is the one who makes people die and resurrect and says he is the one who wounds and heals them. – God opens the waters of the Jordan. – God tells Joshua that he will give him his enemies without their being able to resist him; in fact, he spread terror among these enemies so that they were easily slaughtered. He caused hail of exceptional magnitude to fall from the sky. Gideon asks for proof because he does not believe, and God indulges him. Gideon asks for two more miracles and god does them. – He gives birth to Samson from a barren woman. – God hears the prayer of Manoach. – God hears Samson’s prayer and gives him drink. – Hannah was barren, prayed to god and he gave him a son: Samuel. – God makes every word of the prophet Samuel come true and in addition, transforms Saul’s heart. – God tells Solomon to ask him for anything, Solomon does it and god punctually fulfills everything, plus he gives him a wise and intelligent heart that was never there before and never will be, gives him wealth and glory. – To make Elijah eat, god sends ravens with food. – God grants the miracle to Elijah. – Elisha asks him to make people open and close their eyes, and god does it. – God hears the prayer of King Hezekiah who was dying, so he saves him without any problem, in fact, he adds another 15 years of life to him. – Hezekiah asks for “a sign” and god hears him, so he moves a shadow back. – God hears the prayers of Tobit and Sarah. – God looks down from his throne at all the people of the earth and molds the hearts of all. – David says that god does not reject his prayers or deny his mercy. – God gives justice to the oppressed, gives bread to the hungry, gives freedom to the captives, straightens the crooked, opens the eyes of the blind, loves the righteous, protects the pilgrims, supports orphans and widows. – God sends an Angel to rescue Daniel in the lions’ den. –

For the authors of the Gospels then, it was easy to pray and get a miracle, the ancient fables told that their imaginary god fulfilled all sorts of prayers, consequently Jesus Christ, too, will say that just praying is enough to get a miracle.

So, given all this, what would happen if we knelt down and prayed to god in this way?

“Dear almighty, loving and merciful God, creator of the Universe, please cure every case of cancer on this planet tonight. We pray in faith, knowing that you will bless us.”

We pray sincerely knowing that when God answers this heartfelt, selfless, non-materialistic prayer, he will be glorified and help millions of people in relevant ways.

Do you think anything will happen? No-absolutely not. Total zero!

This is strange, Jesus makes specific promises in the Gospel about how prayers should work. Even the ancient fairy tales, as we read earlier, say that god hears prayers and does an infinite number of miracles and wonders. Jesus clearly says in many passages that he and god will answer your prayers. If the gospel is to be interpreted literally, then there is something wrong. Let’s look at the facts.

In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you; for everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Who among you to the son who asks him for bread will give a stone? Or if he asks him for a fish, will he give a snake? If you therefore who are evil know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

If “whoever asks receives,” then if we ask for cancer to be cured, it should be cured. Right? If “your Father who is in heaven will give good things to those who ask,” then if we ask him to cure cancer, he should cure it. Right? But nothing happens.

In Matthew 17:20 Jesus says,

“Because of your little faith. Verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as the size of a mustard seed, ye shall be able to say unto this mountain, move from here to there, and it shall move, and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

If “nothing will be impossible for you,” then if we ask to cure cancer, cancer should disappear. Right? But nothing happens. Notice that if we read the

Gospel in a less literal way, the statement “nothing will be impossible to you” becomes “many things will be impossible to you,” and that means Jesus is lying.

In Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered:

“Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only be able to do what has happened to this fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, get out of there and cast into the sea, it will come to pass. And whatever you ask with faith in prayer, you will obtain.”

If “whatever you ask with faith in prayer, you will obtain,” then if we ask to cure cancer tonight, the cancer will have to go away, Right? But nothing happens.  Notice again that there is no non-literal way to interpret “all that you will ask with faith in prayer, you will get it,” unless you replace “all” with “nothing” or “little.”

And the same thing is repeated in Matthew 18:19.

“Truly I say to you again, if two of you above the earth agree to ask anything, my Father in heaven will grant it to you. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

The message is also in Mark 11:24.

“Therefore, I say to you, whatever you ask for in prayer, have faith that you have obtained it and it will be granted to you.”

If god says “have faith that you have obtained it and it will be granted to you,” and if we believe in god and his power, then what should happen if we pray for him to cure the cancer tonight? He will have to cure it. Either that, or god is lying.

In John 14:12, Jesus tells us all how easy it is to pray:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, he also that believeth in me shall do the works that I do, and shall do greater works; for I go unto the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

Notice how direct this statement is, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do.” This is the “son of God” speaking. Have we taken it “too literally”? No. This is a simple and unambiguous statement.  Have we taken this statement “out of context”? No. Jesus uses the words “whoever believes.” Yet, Jesus’ statement is obviously false. Because when we ask God to cure cancer tonight, nothing happens.

In Luke 1:37.

“Nothing is impossible to God.”

In James 5: 15,18.

“And prayer made in faith will save the sick person: The Lord will lift him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another to be healed. Very powerful is the fervent prayer of the righteous. Elijah was a man like us: he prayed hard that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain and the earth produced its fruit.” 

Even, god would answer Elijah’s prayer for such futile problems as rain. As we can see, there is nothing simpler or clearer in the Gospels than Jesus’ promises about prayer. Yet, when we pray to get rid of cancer nothing happens, and keep in mind that it is Jesus who is speaking here. These are not the words of human beings. Jesus is supposed to be god, god is supposed to be perfect. These are supposed to be the words of god himself, embodied in a human body.  When Jesus speaks, he must speak the truth, because Jesus is supposed to be a perfect being.  Yet, it is obvious that Jesus is lying.  What Jesus says about prayer is absolutely false.

Your prayer will remain unanswered, praying to god is like praying to Thor or Mickey Mouse. Nothing will happen.

Believers’ favorite rationalization of why their imaginary god does not answer our prayers is because it would “deny free will.” Their logic is: if you pray and god answers your prayers, then god would reveal himself to you and you would know that god exists, this would take away your free will to believe in him.

Therefore, according to what they say, it means that all of Jesus’ statements about prayer in the Gospel are false, then … the Holy Scriptures say exactly the opposite: miracles and wonders are to increase faith and convert hearts.

Let us read what is written in the Old Testament:

Exodus 4:1,9

“Moses answered and said, Behold, they will not believe me, nor will they hear my voice, but they will say, The Lord has not appeared to you! The Lord said to him, what is that in your hand? He answered, A staff. He resumed: Throw it on the ground! He threw it to the ground and the staff became a serpent, before which Moses fled.  The Lord said to Moses: Stretch out your hand and catch it by the tail! He stretched out his hand, took it, and it again became a staff in his hand. This is so that they may believe that the Lord has appeared to you, the god of their fathers, the god of Abraham, the god of Isaac, the god of Jacob.” The Lord said to him again, “Introduce your hand into your bosom!” He put his hand in his bosom and then withdrew it: behold, his hand had become leprous, white as snow. He said, Put your hand back into your bosom! He put his hand back in his bosom and drew it out: behold it had returned like the rest of his flesh. So, if they do not believe you and hear the voice of the first sign, they will believe the voice of the second! If they will not believe even these two signs and will not listen to your voice, then you shall take water from the Nile and pour it on the dry land: the water which you have taken from the Nile shall become blood on the dry land.”

Deuteronomy 4:34,35

“…Or has a god ever tempted to go and choose one nation in the midst of another with trials, signs, wonders and battles, with a mighty hand and outstretched arm and great terrors, as the LORD your god did for you in Egypt before your eyes? You have become a spectator of these things, that you may know that the Lord is god and that there is none other than he.”

Judges 6:16,22

“…The Lord said unto him, I will be with thee, and thou shalt overcome the Midianites as one man.  He then said to him, If I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that you yourself speak to me […]. Then the angel of the Lord stretched out the end of the staff in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened buns; a fire went up from the rock that consumed the meat and the unleavened buns, and the angel of the Lord disappeared from his eyes. Gideon saw that it was the angel of the Lord and said, Lord, I have therefore seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”

1 Kings 18:36,39

“At the time of the offering the prophet Elijah approached and said, Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, today let it be known that you are god in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things by your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me and let this people know that you are the Lord god and convert their hearts! The fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, stones and ashes, drying up the water of the gully. At this sight, they all prostrated themselves on the ground and exclaimed, “The Lord is god! The Lord is god!” 

Let us read what it says in the New Testament:

Matthew11:2,5

“John meanwhile, who was in prison, having heard of the works of the Christ, sent word to him through his disciples, Are you the one who is to come, or must we wait for another? Jesus answered, Go and report to John what you hear and see: The blind recover their sight, the lame walk, lepers are healed, the deaf regain their hearing, the dead are raised, the good news is preached to the poor.”

Matthew 11:20

“…Then he began to rebuke the cities in which he had performed the greatest number of miracles, because they had not been converted….”

John 2:23

“While he was in Jerusalem for the Passover, during the feast many, seeing the signs he did, believed in his name.”

 John 4:39,42

“…Many of the Samaritans of that city believed in him because of the words of the woman who declared, He told me all that I have done. And when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. Many more believed because of his word and said to the woman, It is no longer because of your word that we believe; but because we ourselves have heard and know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

 John 4:48,50

“…Jesus said to him, Unless you see signs and wonders, you do not believe. But the king’s official insisted, Lord, come down before my child dies. Jesus answered him, Go, your son lives. The man believed the word Jesus had told him and set out.”

 John 11:41,43

“They therefore removed the stone. Jesus then lifted up his eyes and said, Father, I thank you that you have listened to me. I knew that you always listen to me, but I said this for the people around me, so that they might believe that you sent me. And having said this, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

John 11:45

“Many of the Jews who had come to Mary, at the sight of what he had accomplished, believed in him.”

John 11:47,48

“Then the high priests and the Pharisees assembled the sanhedrin and said, what shall we do? This man performs many signs. If we let him do so, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy our holy place and nation.”

John 12:17,18

“Meanwhile the people who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness to him. For this reason also, the crowd came to him, because they had heard that he had performed that sign.”

 John 20:30,31

“Many other signs Jesus did in the presence of his disciples, but they were not written in this book. These were written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in his name.”

Let us read what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

“Jesus accompanies his words with numerous miracles, wonders and signs, which manifest that in him the Kingdom is present. They attest that Jesus is the Messiah proclaimed. The signs performed by Jesus testify that the Father has sent him. They urge people to believe in him. To those who come to him in faith, he grants what they ask. Then the miracles make faith in him who does the works of his Father more firm: they testify that he is the Son of God.”

So, miracles served and still serve to convert hearts and increase faith in Christ and God the Father, to make people believe that Christ was and is truly the son of god.

 

CONCLUSION:

What Jesus says in the Gospel about prayers is clearly not true, it is just a figment of the authors’ imagination, Jesus did not say and do anything that the Gospels tell, believing in prayers is nothing but superstition.

Let us recall the worldview debacle of the Pope in 2020 praying to his imaginary god to stop the epidemic with his hand. Simply ridiculous. Did anything happen? No-absolutely not. Not content, he proposed the silliness by involving all the people of the world in the prayer as well. Did anything happen? No-absolutely not.

The shrine at Lourdes closed its swimming pools for fear of contagion, Saudi Arabia blocked the pilgrimage to Mecca, closed churches, emptied holy water fonts, communion only between hands… All it took was a virus to make the global failure of religions obvious. All it took was a virus to highlight the hoaxes to which the gullible take the bait. One virus was enough to make it obvious that when there is really danger, no one has faith in their worthless god.

God is imaginary and remains imaginary.