The TV is all about Eunice Shriver's death early this morning. For our Aussie / international members, Eunice was the sister of John F Kennedy, and the founder of The Special Olympics. A woman who did much good. She was 88 yrs old.
Since her admission to the hosptal some days ago the death watch began. The family issued messages thanking everyone for their "prayers". The pope weighed in with his "prayers." The people of the special olympics foundation from around the world were united in "prayer". And then she died.
So, what were they praying for?
If it was for her to recover and survive a rational person would surmise prayer didn't work. Naturally theists will say: "The prayer was answered but it was 'no'."; or "God heard our prayers but had a better need for her in heaven." the usual horse hockey steming from denial. But doesn't that just reduce prayer to a crap shoot?
If it was for her soul to be accepted by Jebus and taken into heaven...wouldn't her self proclaimed belief, her devout Catholicism, good works, and "God's" omnicient knowledge of these things already ensure her a pass to Candy Land? Afterall, she either met the prescribed criteria for entry to paradise, or she didn't. Why would god be subject to having it's rules over ridden/ it's decision influenced by popular demand or special request of imperfect beings?
Has anyone posed these questions to a Christian and ever received a reasoned answer that made one iota of sense to them?