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There are two attitudes of theism ...
Sun Nov 12, 2017 18:33

1. I want to cajole G-d to think like me, so that G-d is on my side

2. I want to cajole myself to think like G-d, so that I am on G-d's side

That makes two kinds of prayer. Is prayer to inform G-d? G-d already knows what you need. Is prayer to petition G-d? That falls under attitude #1. Is prayer to ask for the grace to think like and act like G-d? That falls under attitude #2.

If we pray to repent, and repent so that we are purified to act like G-d, then that coms from attitude #2. The first is arrogance.

So much of synagogue, church and mosque come from attitude #1. The attitude that I am #1, not G-d.

  • Thank youwolf, Thu Nov 9 08:27
    I enjoyed reading what you have written, especially this: "Lord, I want to be right in your eyes, please show me where I am wrong and help to become the servant that you would be pleased with." Jesus ... more
    • There are two attitudes of theism ... — Baruch, Sun Nov 12 18:33
      • prayerwolf, Mon Nov 13 08:18
        I like what AA says about prayer: Step 11-Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscience contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the... more
        • Ditto ...Baruch, Mon Nov 13 18:12
          Seems pretty much the same as #2. Though it implies arrogantly, that we know G-d's will for us.
    • Re: Thank youMarty Martorella, Fri Nov 10 23:44
      Well said, for years we have heard the message of take care of number one. Selfishness is the first step to defeat in my book.
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