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Posted by Mario Dovalina on July 7, 2001 02:04:46 UTC

"According to your math theory, the chances of winning the lottery through math is 1 to 62,891,499.

The chances of having a miracle through prayer is 1 to 1.

I see. And what happens if I pray to win the lottery?

What happens if a man stranded in the Acatama desert prays for rain? It rains there about once a century. Maybe prayer only effects events that already have a good chance of happening, eh?

John Powell, an atheist who posted here a little while back, has a devout brother who never bought any health insurance, because since they believed so thoroughly and prayed so earnestly, God would provide for them.

Now he has contracted cancer, and can't get any insurance.

Let's consider another example. A farmer suffering from drought prays for rain, and in a few days it comes. What is more likely? That God manipulated entire weather systems to help this man (and as a result deprived other neighboring regions of rain) or that by the time the man was driven to prayer for his problems, the drought reached its natural end?

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