The Lord’s Prayer Paradox

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I was conducting some research this morning based on what a relative said about prayer last week.  Specifically I turned to the Gospel of Matthew and in Chapter 6 of that book comes this ....

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.  In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

I immediately thought of the words of Bart Simpson as he was explaining the virtues of Halloween to Milhouse.

"Trick or treat" isn't just some phrase that you chant mindlessly like the Lord's Prayer. It's an oral contract!

 

 

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3 thoughts on “The Lord’s Prayer Paradox”

  1. oddly enough, that while we disagree on so many issues, you and me are wired too similarly, as both of these notions came up this morning.

    I thought about extending the post to include the rosary but decided it really doesn’t fit as a paradox in my feeble mind. It’s just another result of the crazy nature of religion (as well as most of the Western human condition) that says “if some is good, then more is better.”

    Obviously my egocentricity leads me to believe that there is a Bengals paradox. I’m not so sure, but it is freaky that their success this year is indirectly proportional (to a certain degree) to my level of interest. Keep in mind that they have lost twice, while my level of interest has remained at 0. (I’d put in a negative number here if I could philosophically justify it)

  2. is this anything like the “bengals paradox” where the more you talk about them and the more you care the worse they do and the inverse of that

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