MRTIKKET - 3/3/2005 11:27 AM
During the Pope's recent illness, there were newsclips of people coming out of various churches.
Some of the interviewed churchgoers said that they were praying for the Pope's speedy recovery. Other interviewees said that they were praying for God's will.
This is confusing to me. If you pray for God's will, and someone lives, then does that mean that God decided to keep that person alive, and if he dies, it again is God's will. God seems to have a pretty good job, I mean if it comes out life he is praised, if it comes out death - Oh well, it was God's will.
So do you pray for a specific outcome or God's will. Others, more religious than I, say it is wrong to pray for a specific outcome. Just pray for God's will.
I'm not so sure I go along with that idea. Regardless of your religion, please respond with your thoughts.
That answer is that it does not matter!
Things can be created or eternal.
If you acknowledge that God is the creator of all things, you also have to acknoledge that He is eternal, has no beginning and no end, and is not part of the universe he has created.
Existing out of the frame of reference we call "time", all things are known to him. One wonders, since all things were known to him at inception, or even before the creative outburst, why the need for revised covenants, did He not know the first one was doomed? After all, He created it!
Anyway, the prayer you will pray to him tomorrow has been tallied at inception of this world (same "place" and "time" yesterday's prayer was tallied by Him), your actions are irrelevant with regards to the fate of the Pontife, who's birth and detah are already known to the G.A.
So pray, or don't. For the Pope, or against the Pope. For the Juve to best the A.C. Milan, for my cancer to enter remission, etc...
Of course you have free will, pre-determination does not preclude it, it only seems paradoxical to lesser minds...