science knows from the placebo effect that modern scientific remedies can be ineffectual based on the patients belief/unbelief.<quoted text>
I'm enjoying your posts. Keep it up!
The magician analogy is very good. We already know that a ton of faith healers, psychics, and other frauds are essentially doing stage magic to fool people into believing in magic powers.
The idea that someone could pray and have a miracle take place is magical thinking. And insulting, IMHO. It suggests that people who suffer, pray, and still suffer are not doing it as well. Or that God just likes them better.
Then they say "well we can't understand God's plan". Really? Then how exactly can you claim to have seen a miracle? Once you state that you can't understand God's sense of morality or justice then how can you ever look at any situation and make a claim about what God is doing?
It's just dumb.
this isn't rocket science. a persons willingness to participate in a regimen is going to make the success more probable only through participation and the belief that it will work.
u can lead a horse to water but no matter how much you believe he needs to drink, the horse isn't going to take a sup until it wants to do so.