So basically it's worse than doing nothing.<quoted text>In fact, intercessory prayer has been proven as harmful to the "victim".
BOSTON, MA-March 31, 2006-For those facing surgery or battling disease, the prayers of others can be a comfort. Researchers in the Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP), the largest study to examine the effects of intercessory prayer-prayer provided by others-evaluated the impact of such prayer on patients recovering from coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
The STEP team, composed of investigators at six academic medical centers, including Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts; Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida; Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C; and the Mind/Body Medical Institute, found that intercessory prayer had no effect on recovery from surgery without complications. The study also found that patients who knew they were receiving intercessory prayer fared worse. The paper appears in the April issue of American Heart Journal.
It puts stress on people when the pious band about them and wield their piety. There may be some merit to personal prayer, like meditation has merit, but making a public spectacle for others is demonstrably ineffective and demonstrably harmful.
Ugh. Rapture already, it'd be nice if they'd just let the rest of us be in the meantime.
They view us as their "victims" one moment then cry persecution the next.
There are no redeeming qualities in christianity at all.