- For a woman in Alabama concerned about family members who had left for the beach during a thunderstorm, turning to God in prayer while she stood in the kitchen seemed the right thing to do. Lighting suddenly exploded through the kitchen, knocking her to the floor. Her response? “I’m blessed to be alive.” [ source ]
- After millions prayed for 13 miners trapped in a West Virginia mine, breaking news revealed that 12 of the miners were alive! Millions rejoiced and chat boards all around the nation praised God for demonstrating his power and mercy. Then an update arrive. 12 miners were dead. Christian reaction? Even one saved life is a miracle. [ source ]
- In Wisconsin, the diabetic daughter of a god-fearing couple began to grow weak. “Call more people to help pray” the father said in complete obedience to James 5:14-15. You can’t blame them. The biblical mandate comes with a clear promise. “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.” She died. Their response? Unknown after being convicted of man-slaughter. [ source ]
- The same biblical mandate was evidently invoked in New Mexico by the husband of a woman who was giving birth to twins. When one twin began struggling to breathe, church members were called to pray over the child. The child died. The parents’ response? Police quoted them as saying the child’s death was “God’s will”, in clear contradiction to the biblical promise. [ source ]
- Heart problems are something that are not easily influence by the placebo effect, so Christians were hoping to see some clear evidence of the efficacy of prayer after 1.7 million prayers went out for 604 heart patients. The result? Patients who knowingly received prayers developed more post-surgery complications than did patients who unknowingly received prayers—and patients who were prayed for did no better than patients who weren’t prayed for. In fact, patients who received prayers without their knowledge ended up with more major complications than did patients who received no prayers at all. Christians’ response? Most of them don’t even blink an eye. Their faith is doubt-proof, and the facts have no relevance. [ source ]
Some Christians claim that Jehovah cannot be tested against the possibility of other gods or no gods. Not true.
1 Kings 18:20-40
So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ The people did not answer him a word. Then Elijah said to the people, ‘I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets number four hundred and fifty. Let two bulls be given to us; let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it; I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the Lord; the god who answers by fire is indeed God.’ All the people answered, ‘Well spoken!’ Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, ‘Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many; then call on the name of your god, but put no fire to it.’ So they took the bull that was given them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, crying, ‘O Baal, answer us!’ But there was no voice, and no answer. They limped about the altar that they had made. At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, ‘Cry aloud! Surely he is a god; either he is meditating, or he has wandered away, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.’ Then they cried aloud and, as was their custom, they cut themselves with swords and lances until the blood gushed out over them. As midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice, no answer, and no response.
Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come closer to me’; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down; Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, ‘Israel shall be your name’; with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. Next he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, ‘Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt-offering and on the wood.’ Then he said, ‘Do it a second time’; and they did it a second time. Again he said, ‘Do it a third time’; and they did it a third time, so that the water ran all round the altar, and filled the trench also with water.
At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, ‘O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.’ Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt-offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, ‘The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.’ Elijah said to them, ‘Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.’ Then they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Wadi Kishon, and killed them there.
Do you think the excuses Christians now give for a very silent Jehovah are convincing? Do you think that non-believers are actually misquoting the promises of answered prayer in the bible that are daily broken? If you do, then you have the type of faith necessary to ignore any evidence that would bring into question all other claims in the bible.
You are indeed a genuine Christian.