Saturday, June 27, 2009

Imprecatory Prayers - Like pointing a gun at a person?

Interesting article about people praying for others to die... and someone's comment:

I would wonder that if people honestly believe in the power of imprecator prayer, why can’t they be charged with a crime if they admit to asking for the death or injure of another person?

It’s one thing to wish that someone would have an unfortunate end, but quite another to ask God to take action. If you truly believe in God, this is like pointing a gun at someone. It doesn’t matter if the gun is subsequently found to be unloaded, the intent was there, and the person wanted to do harm. Either you believe in God and you accept responsibility for asking him to do terrible things on your behalf, or you admit that these prayers are nothing more than an outlet for impotent rage.

Drake’s gun may or may not be loaded but he’s still waving it at people.

Although it seems like the comeback would be pretty easy to think of - you believe that whoever you are praying to harm is going against God, so you are just asking for Divine justice.


Blogger Tobie said...

In CrimLaw class, we actually did a series of cases in which British courts had to try various people in the Empire for using black magic to kill (or attempt to kill) people. It was an interesting read, mostly because the courts had to determine how much "attempted murder" requires there to be an actual possibility of your actions causing the intended result. of course, the British courts had it easier, since they were quite willing to decide that black magic was completely ineffective and ridiculous. Had they had to deal with prayers, as good Christians, they might have had a harder time. I would go with your assumed argument though- if it works, clearly it was not an evil deed, since God does not do evil things. And if it didn't work- then it really had no potential of working (since God would never do an evil thing) and it can't really count as an attempt.

June 29, 2009 1:37 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Ah, Tobie is still alive... How about a blog post?

June 29, 2009 7:20 AM  
Blogger Tobie said...

Tobie is alive and kicking. The blog, on the other hand...

June 30, 2009 12:47 AM  

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