A Time to Pray

I swear I’m not making up these stories.

A student: I was dying to take the course Prof. A teaches this semester. I’ve been waiting for her to offer it for the past two and a half years. It would be so much fun to be in that course, and two of my close friends are in it, so that would be great. Oh, I can’t believe I’m not taking it!

Me: Why aren’t you taking it, then?

Student: My prayer group is scheduled for the same time as this class.

Now, I’m not very knowledgeable about religious matters, but would Jesus really mind all that much if prayers to him were postponed for a couple of hours for the sake of acquiring an education?

12 thoughts on “A Time to Pray

  1. As a complete heretic, I guess it’s something like exercising in group. If you don’t join one, you are never going to do it. As not praying is more sinful than not exercising.

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        1. How is that possible? πŸ™‚ Somebody said the words recorded as the words of “Jesus” in the New testament, right? That person existed. πŸ™‚ That person’s name might be unknown but how is that important?

          It’s like saying that Shakespeare never existed. πŸ™‚

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          1. Yes, but this “Jesus” chap may have actually been a crazy-ass apolitical preacher, but he could have also been a metaphorical character, or a group of people represented as Jesus.

            And I do accept that there may have actually been some form of preacher and around that area at that time, but a book that was complied 200-300 odd years after this man lived shouldn’t be taken as Gospel (no pun intended).
            And even if we were to accept that the miracles didn’t happen, I also call into question a lot of other things in the New Testament, such as the meeting with the Tax collector Zacchaeus, or the uproar that was caused in the Temple of Jerusalem. If a preacher did actually exist around the time, I question just how much resemblance there would be to the Biblical Christ

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            1. If he is a totally fictional character created by a writer, then that writer is “Jesus”, if you know what I mean. Who cares where and when and to whom he was or wasn’t born, you know? Some very profound stuff has been said and recorded, and that stuff is “Jesus.”

              And I solemnly promise not to preach any further. πŸ™‚

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  2. I’m with you on this one – Jesus warned specifically against public prayer – it being more for show than an actual conversation with God. I view prayer groups with great suspicion.

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