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Does prayer do anything? Like, if you came down with the swine flu mexican flu H1N1, and you didn’t feel like rooting it out at the causal level, would it be worth your while to force your friends to pray for your cure?

The evidence, naturally, says, “no, of course that doesn’t work, what kind of stone-age moron are you to even consider such a possibility?”

And if you’re a religious person, you’re probably scrambling to reconcile this predictable failure with your belief in an all-powerful, all-caring god. Luckily, Kingdom of Priests has the answer:

does anyone who’s a traditional theist of a Biblical variety seriously think that God would consent to be tested this way? I assume that prayer does work. However, doesn’t the Hebrew Bible warn pretty strenuously against testing God?

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But testing God by praying for sick people, coolly tallying up the results to be reported in a science journal and then in the media? It’s just impossible to believe, given what we know about Him from the Bible, that God would go along with that.

In other words, praying works (because David Klinghoffer “assumes” so), except when you actually check to see if it works (because the Bible says god doesn’t like it when you check to see if he gets results).

“I assume it works, but it definitely won’t work if you test it” is an awesomely low bar to set for proof. (Although I should probably be more sympathetic, on account of it being the same reasoning I used in 7th grade to convince people that my hypercolor t-shirts gave me the power to fly.)

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I bet some of you are worried about the Swine Flu. Maybe you’re carrying around an industrial-sized bottle of Purell so you can spray down Amma before she hugs you. Maybe you’re wearing a surgical mask to keep the germs out of your nose and mouth. Or maybe you’re postponing that pork-tasting tour of Mexico that your kids bought you for your anniversary.

Well, according to Beliefnet, you’ve got it all wrong:

According to [famed epidemiological expert] Martin Luther King, Jr. there is a power in us more powerful than the power of bullets.

Is it The Power of Love? The Power of Greyskull? The Power of Orange Knickers? Not even close.

King knew that that power was the power of the Spirit. Call it a religious power, a spiritual power, the power of consciousness or whatever – it has to do with the power of the mind, joined with the power of a Divine Creator.

So don’t be fooled when it comes to this conversation about the swine flu. This flu wasn’t created on the level of the body, because no disease is. It was created on the level of the mind, and it is there that we will root it out at the causal level.

Forget about Tamiflu, believers. Forget about Relenza, about Symmetrel, about Flumadine, and about vaccination. Forget about washing your hands, about not sharing Kleenex, about trying to sneeze into your sleeve, and about curtailing your spitting. Those work on the level of the body. Those only address the “symptoms” and the “root causes” and the “viruses that transmit the flu from one person to the next”.

But what about the “internal planes”? The “Mexico is dangerous” thoughts with which we’ve been psychically burdening our neighbors to the south? The lack of gratitude we’ve been showing the Cosmos? The intuitive synchronicities we’ve been ignoring? OUR LACK OF ALIGNMENT WITH THE UNIVERSE? THE DISCONNECTS BETWEEN US AND WHAT WE MANIFEST? THE UNDERAPPRECIATED INTERACTIONS BETWEEN QUANTUM PARTICLES AND THE PRINCIPLES OF FENG SHUI? THE SPIRITUAL MESSAGES FROM OUR ANCESTORS THAT WE’VE BEEN NEGLECTING? OUR RANK AND UTTER NEGLECT AND IGNORANCE OF ANCIENT WISDOM? OUR FUTILE OBSESSION WITH THINGS LIKE SCIENCE and MEDICINE and EVIDENCE and COMMON SENSE and NOT BELIEVING IN NEW AGE CRAP?

We’re all going to die.

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