Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Multi-Sensory Prayers, Witchcraft, and the Mirror of Protection

 

I see another story about witches acting against the Trump Administration today, specifically planning to “hex” Brett Kavanaugh publicly on October 20. There have been several other such stories since Trump got elected in November of 2016. I would like to suggest doing a bit of counter-magic, although I would use a very different term for it: prayer.

Ricochet is an interesting place. We have many religious folks. We have many hard-headed atheists and some agnostics, many of whom are engineers. We also have others who have had a wide range of experiences. One of our members was once a 900-number telephone psychic, for instance. I’m not sure how many here have ever studied any forms of traditional magic beyond the “I read Harry Potter” level. Trying to explain why this is important in a way or ways that make sense for everyone on Ricochet, across our vast array of backgrounds and knowledge sets, is not easy, but I’m going to give it a go.

If you just want to skip the sordid tales of my youth, I suggest jumping down to the Suggested Remedy section.

Definitions

Let’s start with some simple definitions:

White Magic—Any attempt to influence the world through magical means that is neutral or intended for good. Some would include positive prayers in this.

Black Magic—Any attempt to influence the world through magical means that is intended to harm or for personal gain. Curses and hexes against public officials would fall into this category. Some would include prayers that call for G-d to do something against someone or against a people into this category.

Prayer—Active thoughts to try to use divine influence on either the world around us or on our perspectives to align us with the divine. As mentioned above, some would consider prayer a sub-category of magic, especially when trying to influence the world around us. Besides positive and negative, there are at least three categories of prayer: emotional, verbal, and visual. I’ll get back to this later.

A Religious View

From the perspective of Abrahamic religions, we are taught to love G-d with all that we are and love our neighbors as ourselves. When one thinks about it clearly, any form of black magic or cursing through prayers does not meet these two commandments. It certainly is not loving towards our neighbors (in other words, those being cursed). As for loving G-d, can we really love G-d if we’re so busy hating our neighbors? I would go further and say that attempting such things, or even thinking them, is creating new gods to worship. One is loving Vengeance more than G-d. One is loving Retribution more than G-d.

Positive prayers, on the other hand, are to be encouraged. Praying for one another is certainly part of loving one’s neighbor.

While in some Pagan religions, cursing others may be just fine, in Christianity, at least, it is considered sinning (missing the mark). Our Jewish and Muslim friends here can speak for themselves on the matter.

A Religion-Free View

A true materialist view would generally dismiss that these prancing fools with their silly rituals could have any effect on anything other than media coverage.

On the other hand, I suspect that we all have had incidents that seemed to indicate a greater connection at times. Oh, sure, we might dismiss them as purely coincidence, like that time I left my car lights on when parking on a foggy morning at college. I went to class, went to the library, and was studying with my friends when suddenly I realized I had left the lights on. They said things like, “Your battery would be dead by now. Don’t worry about it.” Or “You probably turned them off; you’re imagining it.” Still, the feeling was strong, so I ran all the way to the other side of the college to where my car was parked, and there was my brother with one of the campus cops trying to break into the car to turn off the lights. Pure coincidence that I just happened to realize that I had not turned off my lights at that moment.

So, I’m not saying that there is anything like that, but what if there were? Just from a physics perspective, we know that thoughts must take some energy to think them. There are brain scans showing extra electrical activity depending on the type of thoughts. What if it were possible to somehow direct some of that energy for good or ill to produce some sort of psionic effect? Again, not saying there is such a thing, but can we be sure that there is not? As @misthiocracy said in a science fiction thread to explain such:

“Quantum mechanics. Psions are entangled quantum particles in people’s brains.”

Even if it is a very small amount of energy, perhaps it works chaotically like the Butterfly Effect. When we get down into Quantum physics and sub-atomic particles, things do get pretty weird.

And here again, we come back to anecdotal experience because these witches are trying to do a lot more with Judge Kavanaugh than communicate that he left his lights on. I must admit that I have successfully used black magic. In my defense, I was quite young at the time, perhaps five or six, and the neighbor girl, who was two years younger was a real pain in parts south of the small of the back. (Really not her fault, she was her parents’ creation, and you should have seen them.) There were a lot of bits about voodoo dolls in shows around that time, the late ’60s and early ’70s and beyond. Shows like Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch had episodes with such things. There was a witch doctor in The World’s Greatest Athlete. Growing up at that time, we were bombarded with that kind of stuff. So, one day when the neighbor girl had been particularly obnoxious, I went back to my room, rolled up a pair of socks to use as a voodoo doll, and stuck a pin in them. The neighbor girl was suddenly in pain for no apparent reason. Her parents were upset, other neighbors were upset, they were about to take her to the hospital … and then my brother ratted me out and my mother made me take the pin out and the girl was just fine. I also received quite a talking to about using the dark arts, let me assure you.

In my case, that is hardly my only experience with things that Newtonian physics aren’t explaining. Like Winston Zeddmore, I have seen (stuff) that will turn you white.

My best guess on how this could work physically is through a focused energy projection, although I am certainly no expert, and we didn’t cover psi phenomena in my college engineering physics courses. (I know some of you are saying, “I’m sure you didn’t because there was nothing to cover!”) Still, things do happen, and there must be an explanation. Just ask @rightangles about her mother.

Anyway, the point is that while such things are hard to believe and while science has not come up with a satisfactory proof, explanation, or method, especially a reproducible one, one can imagine that there might be ways such things could work, and it might be good to have some techniques on hand as counter-measures. Just as we create anti-malware software for malware that has not been discovered in the wild, we might want to have shielding methods from psychic attack, even if we don’t believe such things exist. Yeah, I know, odd logic, but it worked for Pascal in Pascal’s Wager.

Suggested Remedy: Thoughts and Prayers

So, those who are not of a religious or a spiritual bent, I would like to suggest a thought exercise to help defend Kavanaugh, his family, and the Trump Administration. For those who are religious or spiritual, it’s the same exercise focused on action by G-d. You all knew that this was a set-up so that I could say “thoughts and prayers,” right?

Whether one is coming from the physical energy projection hypothesis or the G-d-exists-and-is-helping-us hypothesis, it is best if we can amp up the thought and prayer wattage. One way to do that is to engage more of the mind. The more that we actively engage ourselves in the task, the more energy our brains generate as they fire off those neurons. The more senses we engage, the better. It’s true of learning, too. I mentioned at least three types of prayer earlier: emotional, verbal, and visual. Let’s look at those and any others I think of while writing this.

Emotional

Emotion does tend to put a powerful oomph behind thoughts and prayers. I’m sure we all have emotions that we might direct towards those on the other side of our national debates. I’ve seen quite strong emotions come out on Ricochet among friends. But, negative emotions tend to be bad for the emoter. One of the problems with our Progressive friends is that they think emotion trumps all, and look what it does to them.


They’re for any emotion, even if it kills them. So, we want positive emotions to power our thoughts and prayers. Let’s power our thoughts and prayers with love for our country, for its institutions, and the people who are willing to step forward and serve us instead of themselves.

Verbal

Engaging senses helps also to put more steam and oomph behind our thoughts and prayers. First, let us form the words to protect those to serve us, form them very specifically in the mind, and then speak them aloud. Why? Because there is a feedback loop. We feel the vibrations as we speak. We hear the words as we speak them. It’s added energy. (Literally. You’re moving stuff around: air, eardrums.)

I shall not give specific words here, because we all react differently to words. Some like long prayers, others like them short. My minister will come up with affirmations six blocks long. I know that’s not for me. My most frequent affirmation is “G-d is and I am.” I can remember five words.

But, if you really need something, perhaps something like, “No harm can come to (Justice Kavanaugh/Other Justice/Administration Official/Congress Critter). The light of (G-d/our energy) protects him/her/them from all attacks.”

Visual: Light and the Mirror

Again, engaging more senses, picture Justice Kavanaugh and others in the Administration or on the Supreme Court as surrounded. Surrounded by what, you ask? Well, it sort of depends on whether religious or non-religious as to interpretation, but the basics are the same. First is surrounded by white light. This can be the light of G-d or just light that brings a lot of energy. And then outside the sphere of light, visualize a mirror all around the protected individuals. It can be a one-way mirror reflecting anything that is coming towards the protectee back towards those who sent it his way. Or, maybe you would prefer a two-way mirror to keep the light in and around the person we are sending our thoughts and prayers. The mirror is a very important tool.

@she has mentioned her father more than once, and the fourth paragraph here is interesting. Why would a witch doctor’s spell rebound? Perhaps somebody else was visualizing a mirror of protection? We can’t know, but I suspect that those practicing such black arts deserve to have their package of thoughts and curses returned to them as a package unopened.

Kinesthetic

Feeling silly, yet? If not, this should do the trick. Remember, part of the idea is to put as much energy as we can into protecting our people from attack, and to impart that energy, we are trying to fully engage our brains and get them firing on high. What’s another way we can engage? Through movement. Yes, I am speaking of interpretive dance prayers!

When visualizing the light and mirror of protection, we can also engage our bodies, perhaps using our arms to inscribe a great circle to reinforce the mirrored sphere of our thoughts and prayers.

If one thinks about it, the rituals, the smells and bells, the recitations, that one finds in various religious ceremonies are all trying to engage the worshipers more fully through the senses. The goal is to bring them to a higher state of consciousness where the cares and distractions of the day are let go and the worshiper is engaged with G-d or their gods. That is what we are trying to do is fully engage and focus our minds on sending our thoughts and prayers of protection.

Have a Friend Join You

If you’re going to do this, why do it alone? Bring together friends for a prayer/thought projection session for protecting our Federal employees and appointees. The witches how are “hexing” Kavanaugh are doing it as a group. Why? Again, more engaging. It’s also a more public commitment. And can’t you see all your friends and family making that big circle with their arms while building the mirror of protection in their minds?

Can you think of other ways to engage your senses while sending thoughts and prayers of protection for Justice Kavanaugh and others?

And for our atheist and agnostic friends, remember Pascal’s wager.

There are 42 comments.

  1. RightAngles Member

    • #1
    • October 14, 2018, at 6:07 PM PDT
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  2. Judge Mental, Secret Chimp Member

    Psionics and even thinking are energy based. Leftists and environmentalists demand less energy usage.

    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    • #2
    • October 14, 2018, at 6:09 PM PDT
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  3. JoelB Member

    Proverbs 26:2 AMP

    Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, So the curse without cause does not come and alight [on the undeserving].

    • #3
    • October 14, 2018, at 6:19 PM PDT
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  4. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSul Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Why do Christians pray before meals, and (usually, hopefully) as for the Lord’s blessing on the food they’re about to eat? It ain’t just gratitude. It’s also because, especially going back to Roman times, you never know who was doing what with / over / for your food. It may have come from a pagan temple, it may have come with a curse directed your way.

    • #4
    • October 14, 2018, at 6:33 PM PDT
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  5. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Psionics and even thinking are energy based. Leftists and environmentalists demand less energy usage.

    At last! An area where they practice what they preach.

    • #5
    • October 14, 2018, at 6:41 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Muleskinner (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Psionics and even thinking are energy based. Leftists and environmentalists demand less energy usage.

    At last! An area where they practice what they preach.

    That’s right. No thinking for leftists. It uses fossil fuels, like their fat.

    • #6
    • October 14, 2018, at 6:46 PM PDT
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  7. Phil Turmel Coolidge

    Muleskinner (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Psionics and even thinking are energy based. Leftists and environmentalists demand less energy usage.

    At last! An area where they practice what they preach.

    No, they don’t. They want a monopoly on it. Or just to deny it to us, their enemies. All else is just propaganda.

    • #7
    • October 14, 2018, at 7:09 PM PDT
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  8. Saint Augustine Member

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Why do Christians pray before meals, and (usually, hopefully) as for the Lord’s blessing on the food they’re about to eat? It ain’t just gratitude. It’s also because, especially going back to Roman times, you never know who was doing what with / over / for your food. It may have come from a pagan temple, it may have come with a curse directed your way.

    The only biblical justification I know of is somewhere in the Torah, and mentions praying after eating.

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    • October 14, 2018, at 7:12 PM PDT
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  9. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    The only biblical justification I know of is somewhere in the Torah, and mentions praying after eating.

    Notice Skip mentioned the Romans. Hold-over from the Pagan Poisoners?

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    • October 14, 2018, at 7:15 PM PDT
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  10. She Reagan
    She Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Great post!

    Arahant: @she has mentioned her father more than once, and the fourth paragraph here is interesting. Why would a witch doctor’s spell rebound? Perhaps somebody else was visualizing a mirror of protection? We can’t know, but I suspect that those practicing such black arts deserve to have their package of thoughts and curses returned to them as a package unopened.

    Thanks for the shout-out. Love your summation in the last sentence; think that puts it about as succinctly as it’s possible to do.

    Oh, and gagara yasin.

    • #10
    • October 14, 2018, at 7:40 PM PDT
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  11. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    JoelB (View Comment):

    Proverbs 26:2 AMP

    Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, So the curse without cause does not come and alight [on the undeserving].

    Someone has to ask: An African or a European swallow?

    • #11
    • October 14, 2018, at 8:02 PM PDT
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  12. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Muleskinner (View Comment):
    Someone has to ask: An African or a European swallow?

    I love Ricochet.

    • #12
    • October 14, 2018, at 8:06 PM PDT
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  13. Franz Drumlin Member

    Mirror of Protection? Is that anything like a Hedge of Protection?

    • #13
    • October 14, 2018, at 8:38 PM PDT
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  14. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Franz Drumlin (View Comment):
    Is that anything like a Hedge of Protection?

    Konami’s Metal Gear Survive Debuting at Tokyo Game Show ...

    Not quite. It’s a little more powerful than a mere hedge, or even a concrete wall with razor wire.

    • #14
    • October 14, 2018, at 8:41 PM PDT
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  15. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    The problem with a long post is that important things do get lost. Visualizing the mirror is probably the most important thing in this post.

    • #15
    • October 14, 2018, at 9:48 PM PDT
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  16. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    This was the spur for this conversation.

    • #16
    • October 14, 2018, at 9:52 PM PDT
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  17. Saint Augustine Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    This was the spur for this conversation.

    How many of us would be ok with praying imprecatory Psalms against our political opponents? Under what circumstances would we think this is ok?

    I’m thinking few of us, and few circumstances. But maybe some and some.

    • #17
    • October 14, 2018, at 10:47 PM PDT
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  18. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    How many of us would be ok with praying imprecatory Psalms against our political opponents? Under what circumstances would we think this is ok?

    I’m thinking few of us, and few circumstances. But maybe some and some.

    Those of us who are Christians are under the New Covenant and under such commands as “Turn the other cheek” and “Pray for your enemies.” I am happy to pray for their enlightenment and spiritual growth. That is all.

    On the other hand, I have no problem with praying for a form of protection for our leaders that would cause evil thoughts, etc. to rebound upon the sender. The energy has to go somewhere.

    • #18
    • October 14, 2018, at 11:29 PM PDT
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  19. Saint Augustine Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    How many of us would be ok with praying imprecatory Psalms against our political opponents? Under what circumstances would we think this is ok?

    I’m thinking few of us, and few circumstances. But maybe some and some.

    Those of us who are Christians are under the New Covenant and under such commands as “Turn the other cheek” and “Pray for your enemies.” I am happy to pray for their enlightenment and spiritual growth. That is all.

    Well, we have massive theological disagreements I’m too tired and busy even to point out just now, but . . . yes, that would seem to be the correct default New Testament answer.

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    • October 14, 2018, at 11:47 PM PDT
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  20. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    Well, we have massive theological disagreements…

    You probably aren’t even close to knowing what half of them are. 😜 And it’s really not necessary to rehash the ones we do know. Suffice it to say there are some things we agree on, and that is enough.

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    • October 15, 2018, at 12:10 AM PDT
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  21. Saint Augustine Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    Well, we have massive theological disagreements…

    You probably aren’t even close to knowing what half of them are. 😜 And it’s really not necessary to rehash the ones we do know. Suffice it to say there are some things we agree on, and that is enough.

    We are way overdue for a long theology fight, debate, discussion, or at least talk.

    Just not now.

    I have 170 students this week. Last week I had 235, and I’ve only graded a third of their 65 research papers.

    • #21
    • October 15, 2018, at 4:55 AM PDT
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  22. Hang On Member
    Hang On Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Magic can be extremely effective for psychological reasons if “the audience” believes in it. I used it when I lived in Cameroun and it worked there because people there believed in it.

    I kept having break ins and people were stealing stuff and I was running out of stuff. I asked what I could do and the suggestion came immediately: “You need a magic spear.” So I bought a magic spear. I also bought some food and some beer and had the local guys invited over and told there was now a magic spear hanging over the entrance and would stab anyone who came to rob me. So for the cost of about $25 a year (it had to be “reblessed” by a witch doctor every year), I didn’t have any more break ins. Very cheap insurance policy. We just have a different magic.

    On another occasion, a road was going through a group of rock outcroppings, and was told that was where the local village’s ancestors dwelled. If we went through the rocks, the people of the village would come down and throw stones at vehicles passing through there to avenge the disturbance of their ancestors. So what to do? Re-routing the road would be expensive. But, as it turned out, spirits are very mobile. For the price of a party (beer and food), the spirits were moved and the road was built.

    @She has told the story of a man being brought to prison and knew he was going to die before he ever got there. and he did die. I find this totally plausible because of my experiences. I was proposing to bring electricity into outlying villages and a man I had known for some time was completely against this. I asked him why and he told me electricity would drive out the magic from the villages. He said he liked to go back to his home village and for relaxation he would be turned into an elephant and spend the weekend as an elephant wandering around over the grasslands. (The project never went through.)

    Magic, yes, it works, if you have a sufficient amount of people who believe it will work.

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    • October 15, 2018, at 5:14 AM PDT
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  23. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    Well, we have massive theological disagreements…

    You probably aren’t even close to knowing what half of them are. 😜 And it’s really not necessary to rehash the ones we do know. Suffice it to say there are some things we agree on, and that is enough.

    We are way overdue for a long theology fight, debate, discussion, or at least talk.

    Just not now.

    I have 170 students this week. Last week I had 235, and I’ve only graded a third of their 65 research papers.

    I think I stand in awe of your magical ability to make students disappear. But if you’re down 65, why are you still grading their papers? ;^)

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    • October 15, 2018, at 7:31 AM PDT
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  24. Taras Coolidge

    Arahant, ‘fess up.

     It was little Brett Kavanaugh who helped you make that voodoo doll, wasn’t it. Inquiring Senators want to know.

     And the little girl you two nasty boys victimized was named Sally Quinn — who, years later, hexed Christine Blasey Ford into fabulating false memories about Kavanaugh.

    Just wait till you see what Sally has planned for you! 

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    • October 15, 2018, at 8:58 AM PDT
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  25. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Taras (View Comment):
     It was little Brett Kavanaugh who helped you make that voodoo doll, wasn’t it. Inquiring Senators want to know.

    Nope. We grew up about 700 miles apart. I’ve never met him, probably never even been in the same state at the same time until at least 2007 when I was consulting in DC and VA and visited Maryland.

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    • October 15, 2018, at 9:07 AM PDT
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  26. Ontheleftcoast Member

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    We are way overdue for a long theology fight, debate, discussion, or at least talk.

    Theology cage match!

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    • October 15, 2018, at 9:13 AM PDT
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  27. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    How many of us would be ok with praying imprecatory Psalms against our political opponents? Under what circumstances would we think this is ok?

    I’m thinking few of us, and few circumstances. But maybe some and some.

    Those of us who are Christians are under the New Covenant and under such commands as “Turn the other cheek” and “Pray for your enemies.” I am happy to pray for their enlightenment and spiritual growth. That is all.

    On the other hand, I have no problem with praying for a form of protection for our leaders that would cause evil thoughts, etc. to rebound upon the sender. The energy has to go somewhere.

    This is actually a struggle for me sometimes. I reach for Psalm 109 just a bit too reflexively. 

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    • October 15, 2018, at 11:15 AM PDT
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  28. Caryn Thatcher
    Caryn Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Why do Christians pray before meals, and (usually, hopefully) as for the Lord’s blessing on the food they’re about to eat? It ain’t just gratitude. It’s also because, especially going back to Roman times, you never know who was doing what with / over / for your food. It may have come from a pagan temple, it may have come with a curse directed your way.

    The only biblical justification I know of is somewhere in the Torah, and mentions praying after eating.

    That’s Deuteronomy 8:10. We offer prayers of thanksgiving before and after meals. The before is because it’s natural to be grateful for what we receive, especially when we’re hungry and are presented with food. It not so natural to be grateful after being sated. Then it’s easy to lose sight of from Whom we receive the bounty. So, we are commanded also to give thanks after we have eaten and become satisfied. Incidentally, that prayer is “for the land and for the food.” Hmmm…what land might that be??? (Total digression, but just sayin….)

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    • October 15, 2018, at 2:55 PM PDT
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  29. Rōnin Inactive

    Ontheleftcoast (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):
    We are way overdue for a long theology fight, debate, discussion, or at least talk.

    Theology cage match!

    Look, as a Christianized heathen with Germanic Neo-paganism tendencies I would like to point out that the last time we discussed theology these guys showed up:

    And nobody expected them.

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    • October 15, 2018, at 3:13 PM PDT
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  30. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Rōnin (View Comment):
    And nobody expected them.

    I expected them. In fact, I texted them when the theology discussion broke out.

    • #30
    • October 15, 2018, at 3:21 PM PDT
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