Random Quote #79 topic: atheism, Wayne Aiken's atheism cookie file

"Trillions and trillions of prayers every day asking and begging and pleading
for favors. 'Do this' 'Gimme that' 'I want a new car' 'I want a better job'.
And most of this praying takes place on Sunday. And I say fine, pray for
anything you want. Pray for anything. But...what about the divine plan?
Remember that? The divine plan. Long time ago god made a divine plan. Gave
it a lot of thought. Decided it was a good plan. Put it into practice. And
for billion and billions of years the divine plan has been doing just fine.
Now you come along and pray for something. Well, suppose the thing you want
isn't in god's divine plan. What do you want him to do? Change his plan?
Just for you? Doesn't it seem a little arrogant? It's a divine plan. What's
the use of being god if every run-down schmuck with a two dollar prayer book
can come along and fuck up your plan? And here's something else, another
problem you might have; suppose your prayers aren't answered. What do you
say? 'Well it's god's will. God's will be done.' Fine, but if it gods will
and he's going to do whatever he wants to anyway; why the fuck bother praying
in the first place? Seems like a big waste of time to me. Couldn't you just
skip the praying part and get right to his will?"
[George Carlin]


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