Some more thoughts
(Or: Here are some thoughts that I have had about prayer, religion and the Christian Holy Bible.)
A Genuine invitation to Christians
Christians - here is an unambiguous, no-catch, 100%, concrete way to prove the existence of your divine being. A way for you to prove without any doubt whatsoever that your God, the Christian God of the Bible, does in fact exist.
If we examine the Christian Holy Bible we discover that a listening God answers prayer and that even the smallest amount of faith can move mountains. Here is my proposition - Pray for me. Pray for me to 'come to God'. Pray for me to accept Jesus. Get your friends to join in, start a prayer crusade for my soul. If you go to church, tell the priest and get him to ask the whole congregation to pray for me. If you are a Christian head-teacher of a Christian school ask the whole school to pray for me at assembly every morning for a week. Post as many notes as you can on your favourite Christian websites to help propagate the cause, or email all your Christian compatriots and ask them to join in. Flood Christian messageboards and newsgroups.Write a special prayer and publish it. Spread the word, Martin J Burn - The English Atheist - is prepared to be changed, by the power of prayer and the power of God, into a good God fearing Christian. There is no need to know where I live in order to aim your prayers, since the Christian God knows everything - God will know who and where I am. Let me know via email if you are praying for me and I will publish your name on this page so that other Christians can pool their prayer resources with yours.
So get praying. Pray to God with all your heart. Ask God to save my soul for all eternity. Beg for me to be forgiven and accept The Holy Word. Ask God to affirm your faith with this small sign of religious conversion. Pray to God to appear personally to 'The English Atheist' in a dream or plead for the appearance of an angel messenger of God's good ministry. I will even have a go at praying myself, for myself, if any Christians out there would email me with some instructions on how to pray properly. I will go about my business in my normal fashion, but waiting for something to happen, and if I become a Christian by divine intervention I will publish the results on this page, renounce Atheism, start up a Christian website, remove forever 'The English Atheist' and work to bring others into the Christian faith.
Should nothing happen, all that I ask is that any Christians who have prayed for me will pray for me again but redouble their efforts. And should nothing happen again, please do your best to try even harder once more.
I will wait to be converted, maybe a week, maybe a month, maybe more. And at the end of that undefined period I will publish the result on this page.
Finally I will request of anyone who prays for me that should I not 'come to God' that they take five minutes out to examine exactly what has not happened. That is all. Five minutes to examine the mechanics and power of prayer, the power of faith and the existence and divine abilities of your God.
The details below show the progress of my conversion:
Christians who are praying for me (including those who wish to remain anonymous, but not those who don't want to be on the list).
Some Others (several)
Spanner (don't ask)
The English Atheist to Christianity charts of conversion
Level of belief (Scale 0-10)
Friday December 8th
Still an Atheist 0
Saturday December 9th
Still an Atheist
Sunday December 10th
Still an Atheist
Monday December 11th
Still an Atheist
Tuesday December 12th
Still an Atheist
This experiment has been cancelled due to my non-conversion to Christianity. Prayer does not work. QED.
"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." - Matthew 17:20
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." - Jesus - Matthew 21:22
The parable of the four news hacks
A newspaper editor receives four accounts of a previously unreported, unsubstantiated event. The events described are many years old, yet seem to be newsworthy. Each report has been submitted by a news hack whom nobody has ever heard of. The reporters are mature men all of which know each other and have done for at least the thirty years of their reporting careers. There are irreconcilable differences between each of the four reports, indeed one of the reports contains a factual impossibility. The editor commissions an independent check of the reported events but nothing turns up, he attempts to contact the four reporters but they appear to be 'non-persons' and are not known by anyone, nevertheless our newspaper editor decides to publish in his next edition. The editor invents some names for the reporters to add some credulity. On the next day, all over the land, the newspaper is read fervently. Oddly, a great many of the readers believe each of the four news items are a factual record of what happened, despite the evidence to the contrary in front of their own eyes. Readers of most of the foreign editions dismiss the four reports immediately.
A few weeks later on a TV chat program someone points out all the problems with the four news items. He has made a chart showing all the problems and differences contained within the reports, the lines on the chart go in four different directions, yet his opposition on the program refuse to alter their opinion. They argue that since the reports were printed in The Daily Blurb they must be factual and that each report is a concise, unambiguous report of the events. When questioned further they answer in the same fashion as politicians - they don't actually answer the question - and on some points go as far as inventing new 'facts' to bolster their argument.
Later on in the evening, on 'The Jerry Springer Show', readers of The Daily Blurb and readers of a foreign newspaper are seen to argue the veracity of their respective newsprint in the the normal fashion. Normal, that is, for 'The Jerry Springer Show'.
Mark 16:05 - And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
Matthew 28:02 - And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
Luke 24:04 - And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
John 20:12 - And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
Why 'The English Atheist'?
There are many reasons for 'The English Atheist'. I am trying to help. I am aware of the harm that religion causes. I am really, really annoyed with religious intrusion into secular life in this country. I am getting tired of paying for religious programming in the British media. I am tired of paying for Christian schools. I am tired of religious 'political correctness'. I am astounded that otherwise normal, rational people still participate in made-up Christian rituals. I am dismayed at the ritual torture of innocent animals for the purposes of religious culinary tradition. I am angry at the duplicity of Catholicism. I am saddened that so many are taken in by the great religious con trick. I am perplexed at the level of hate embraced by believers. I am confused by Christian death squads and Muslim bombers. I am dumbfounded by the lack of proof. I am taken aback by what is written in the Christian Bible. I am amazed that so many Christians have not read their Bible. I am worried by the very real threat of fundamentalism. I am shocked at ritual child sexual abuse. I am appalled by female genital mutilation. I am sick of blind ignorance. Had enough?
Yes, so have I.
(Atheists - I found this in one of the newsgroups. It was difficult to work out exactly who posted it first, so I won't quote an author. Thanks to him/her anyway - whoever you are.)