Dec 26, 2010 - 9:05 pm
This came up on another thread so I'm wondering how others view this. If you don't have a "belief system" based on religion in place, what can you pray to? As I understand it, prayer has always been a religious practice so if you don't subscribe to any religious deities what can you pray to? Would you agree a wish is just a hope or desire for something with no outside control and a prayer is a thought, desire, or question offered to a deity or higher power of some sort in hopes of that prayer being heard and answered by the deity or higher power? I'm not sure that explanation is just or right but maybe close. Can you pray without faith? I think I've heard that Agnostics pray but is that just wishfull thinking since they don't expect an actual result from it? An Agnostic prayer might be "I pray you find peace". Is that really a prayer (if not directed to anything or anyone) or would that just be wishing someone well?
Phil, I've accepted that this section is for "general discussion" as I mentioned in a previous post of mine so here's one....