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Power of Prayer, (A Pastafarian Sermon)

Power of Prayer,

A Pastafarian Sermon,

February 2016

James Jenkins, Ordained Minister, 209-736

License (CC BY-SA 3.0 US) initially posted on https://www.kiva.org/team/fsm/messages?msgID=450528#msg_450528

February 4, 2016

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

Cover image Courtesy of Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. http://www.venganza.org/materials/

Power of Prayer

Prayer is an important part of many religions. Followers pray to their deity and the deity grants them special gifts. Pastafarianism breaks from other religions when it comes to prayer, we don’t expect the FSM to grant us unearned treats, or smite down those we would trespass against. In several areas our teachings actively belittle prayer.

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while it’s true that many people believe in the power of prayer to cure disease, there’s never been any verifiable evidence to support the practice.

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The Gospel of the FSM, Toward a New SuperScience

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Christian athletes can be seen praying in the middle of the court, field, or other playing surface after their games, … This unseemly sense of self-importance is disturbing, …. If they think He’s actually paying attention when they “give praise” during their interviews, then they’re probably even dumber than they sound.

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The Gospel of the FSM, Interacting with Believers of Other Faiths

As you read the good works of Noodly enlightenment you find the occasionally kind word about prayer, and in some very extraordinary circumstances an occasionally request will be granted, but it is very rare. Generally, what is perceived as an answered prayer is probably just coincidence.

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4:6 Now, the Flying Spaghetti Monster was not in the habit of taking requests

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The Loose Cannon, The Book of Fearsome Pirate Pete

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I have prayed to the FSM, and he hath delivered. Then again, I can’t say it wasn’t just a well timed coincidence.

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The Loose Cannon, Qwertyioupasd of the Second Council of Olive Garden.

Most Pastafarians don’t expect the FSM to answer their prayers. Some do pray, out of habits learned early in life, or to focus their own energy. But we don’t expect the FSM to actually do anything if we happen to ask. He probably is not listening anyway, you know, “You’re Not That Interesting”.

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7. I’d Really Rather You Didn’t Go Around Telling People I Talk To You. You’re Not That Interesting. Get Over Yourself. And I Told You To Love Your Fellow Man, Can’t You Take A Hint?

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The eight “I’d Really Rather You Didn’ts”

The real reason Pastafarians don’t expect prayers to be answered, is that the concept of special gifts or plagues is counter to some of our most basic beliefs; Equality & Tolerance (subjects of upcoming sermons). You can’t be equal and be granted special treatment, you can’t be tolerant and smite others.

The real power of prayer is destruction of self-reliance, providing an avenue to exploitation.

Think about the religions you might be familiar with, where prayer is believed to grant wishes. Now think about the atrocities committed in the names of those religions. We all know there is only one true deity, and the FSM does not grant wishes presented as prayer, particularly when directed at a false deity. All of those people who are taught from birth that they are more special than others, that the holy one, will grant their wishes… But their prayers are not answered as they expect, because they are not answered at all.

What happens inside you when you expect a specific result from a specific activity, and it does not happen? And if your teachers, parents and leaders teach you should expect results from a specific activity? And all your peers and everyone you know claims to have had the expected results? And you are the only one it does not work for? That is the power of prayer.

Televangelist exploit this opening for personal monetary gain. Political/Religious leaders exploit the opening to rally support for an otherwise unpopular activity.

Pastafarians don’t expect The Noodly One; to grant unearned gifts or to magically solve our problems. We don’t give money to those who would pray for us. We don’t smite others because a leader has been guided by the almighty.

We know the FSM does not speak to us, nor grant us special dispensation. We are all equal. We each control our own destiny. We thank the Creator for the universe we live in, and giving us the opportunity to live without fear or expectation of divine intervention.

R’amen

James Jenkins, Ordained Minister, 209-736

License (CC BY-SA 3.0 US) initially posted on https://www.kiva.org/team/fsm/messages?msgID=450528#msg_450528 February 4, 2016

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/

Cover image Courtesy of Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

http://www.venganza.org/materials/


Power of Prayer, (A Pastafarian Sermon)

In the world today, many people have different beliefs. Pastafarians are followers of the second most popular, monotheistic, creationist, deity in the modern world. Discouraged by scripture from building physical Churches/ Temples/Mosques/Shrines we gather in public spaces, physical and electronic. Here Is the first sermon delivered at our Kiva lending team page. You might be the target audience if: * You are comfortable exploring the idea, that the first most popular, monotheistic, creationist, deity in the modern world, might not be the only option. * You have heard of the FSM and want to learn more * You like Pirates, Beer or Spaghetti If you are aware of the FSM or not, if you believe in the FSM or not, there is something fun and thought provoking for you here.

  • Author: James Jenkins
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