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You can lead an atheist to proof, but you can’t make him think

September 4, 2013
English: "Daniel's Prayer" (1865) by...

English: “Daniel’s Prayer” (1865) by Sir Edward Poynter, from illustrations for Dalziel’s Bible Gallery, in the Tate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To this: “The Atheist asks the Theist to provide proof for his assertion that this supernatural creature does in fact listen to supplications and does intercede.”

You can lead an atheist to proof, but it’s up to him to decide he really wants it.

There have been at least a half-dozen peer-reviewed studies that I have heard about (there may be others), all of them double-blind and at least one of them triple-blind (whatever that means) that showed a significant and marked correlation between “intercessory prayer” and recovery rates among the sick, as compared to the “control group”.

Those were studies of healing. BUT the very first similar such study I have seen publicized in the Loyal Royal Press (aka “Establishment Media”) was a recent one that supposedly found no significant difference. The report said nothing about how they picked the people to do the praying. In today’s faithless post-Christian culture that is a big difference.

One of them I remember reading about in an old 1954 Reader’s Digest. An organization called something like “The Institute for the Study of Prayer” did it. They had two big pots with exactly the same soil mixture and in each planted 22 seeds from the same source and batch, and watered them both with exactly the same water source.

For one pot, though, they prayed blessings over the water. For the other, they prayed a curse.

In the pot getting the “blessed” water, all 22 seeds sprouted, almost all of them (20 I think) showed especially vigorous growth.

In the pot that got the other water, only about five scraggly sprouts poked out of the ground.

Then there are the Biblical prophecies that have already been fulfilled. Besides the ones for the Messiah pointing to Jesus including the year of his crucifixion, there are many others. The city of Tyre, as foretold, was cast into the sea and not one stone was left of it when Alexander made his causeway to the island whence the inhabitants escaped, and to recent days fisherman cast their nets from it.

The rabbis spoke with Alexander the Great outside Jerusalem and showed him the prophecies in Daniel that he was coming, that the “goat” named to mean Grecia would break the Persian “ram”, but in a very rapid conquest. I don’t know if they showed him the part that said the empire would break up into four parts, and said it would be against his wishes, but that’s what happened.

That prophecy came after supplications by Daniel.

Read about the one guy who got out of the greatest aviation disaster of history (still) in Tenerife, saved by such prayers, and find the link to the youtube with the several first-person testimonies about the Nigerian pastor risen from the dead:

http://trutherator.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/god-heals-and-does-miracles/