How should one
talk to God?
Maybe this will
Get somewhere you're sure no one can overhear you.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus recommended using
a closet for praying.
I think any room
with a lockable door -- or somewhere isolated and
remote -- might work. For an atheist trying this as
an experiment, isolation limits the embarrassment
factor, and you can always tell yourself it's not
praying but just a form of meditation or a creative
exercise or an experiment or anything that makes you
Next. Forget everything you've been taught about how
to pray. You feel more comfortable jumping up and
down on one foot or laying back and looking at the
stars, or whatever, do it, if it helps. You don't
have to be on your knees. You don't have to simulate
the posture of a praying mantis. You don't have to
use "theeís" and "thouís." You donít have to ask for
anything or make any confessions or apologies.
Then just start talking, as if you're dictating a
letter. Say whatever the heck is on your mind. Ask
the questions youíve always wondered about. Pretend
you're applying for a job or a loan or a college
I don't know in
what form the response will come, or how long it
will take, or how many times you have to do this
before you connect (in fact, one of the questions I
wonder about is whether God has voicemail of a sort
and how often he checks stored messages) but I'm
pretty sure you'll eventually get a response.
Rand and Heinlein for years I felt intellectually
inoculated against kooky God stuff. Wonít that be a
real problem for me if I try to talk to God now?
No. Being a fan
of Rand and Heinlein puts you so far ahead in
conceptual mapping that it should make the
conversation quite direct. A reading of Rand and
Heinlein provides excellent paradigms, thought
experiments, brain exercise, intellectual Drano. God
may live forever but he's a busy man and is not
adverse to saving time.
tried talking to God but never heard anything back.
problem isnít that God isnít answering but that
youíre wearing earplugs. The first question
anyone has to ask when wondering about a
possible response to a prayer is: what should I
identify as the answer?
don't even realize the spam filters they have in
place. A lot of atheists are atheists because
anything originating from a source labeled "God"
or containing a long list of banned words like
"soul," "heaven," salvation," etc go directly
into the bulk mail folder and get deleted
Gary York's interview with J. Neil Schulman