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  1. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, over 1 year ago

    Beats me.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Maybe its the new pope.

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Prayers do nothing, only actions get things done, by people not gods.

  4. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, over 1 year ago

    I was guessing Tanzania (Praying Nation), maybe Kenya as both have large mixed religious groups & populations (look thru’ the crowd); but I do not know the context nor recognised the hooded statue/monument holding a book and why it would be labelled hypocrisy.

  5. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Oh, really? Tell that to people whose lives have either been healed (physically) or lengthened because someone prayed in their behalf.
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    Prayer is just a way of getting the Powers’ (and I mean the ones behind the religions) attention. Haven’t you heard the adage: “Be careful what you wish for”? It’s because Somebody is Listening….

  6. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    How about this?

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/-/1064/1716290/-/ayhw9f/-/index.html

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    @Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira said, “Prayer is just a way of getting the Powers’ (and I mean the ones behind the religions) attention. Haven’t you heard the adage: “Be careful what you wish for”? It’s because Somebody is Listening….” Could you please explain this comment? Who are the ones behind the religions? How are they listening? Are they always listening? If so, why do we need to get their attention?

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @DrCanuck

    You made that up Doc. What’s wrong with you.

    From an article by Father William Saunders president of Notre Dame Institute .

    “The use of incense in the ancient world was common, especially in religious rites where it was used to keep demons away.

    " We do not know exactly when the use of incense was introduced into our Mass or other liturgical rites. At the time of the early Church, the Jews continued to use incense in their own Temple rituals, so it would be safe to conclude that the Christians would have adapted its usage for their own rituals.

    The purpose of incensing and the symbolic value of the smoke is that of purification and sanctification

    “The usage of incense adds a sense of solemnity and mystery to the Mass. The visual imagery of the smoke and the smell remind us of the transcendence of the Mass which links heaven with earth, and allow us to enter into the presence of God.

    But that is just one Priest’s words. There are about another 100K articles with incense and catholic mentioned.

  9. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, over 1 year ago

    I reckon incense was simply to disguise the fact no-one bathed very often in those days I imagine that at communal gatherings body odour multiplied by many dozens could be rather powerful. Smelling could lead to smiting.

  10. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    Yes, I’m aware of the Kenyan’s court ruling on their elections of a month ago (Raila Odinga had complained it had been rigged), and therefore Uhuru Kenyatta will be Kenya’s new president, but I don’t know what the cartoon is about. Perhaps they were praying that their country wasn’t plunged into violence & a bloodbath as happened in their previous election. At any rate, so far so good; I watched Raila Odinga’s concession speech on Al Jazeera yesterday and I think all will be rather peaceful this time

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    Hope it turns out as you seem to want (give peace a chance?).

    Africa….almost as bloody as America.

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @DrCanuck

    You should maybe give your interpretation of this single line quote from Psalms.

    “2Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

    So, IMO, the supplicant wishes for his entreaty for favor to be “pleasing” to God – as if it had the pleasant aroma of incense.

    How exactly does that infer that God is asleep?

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @DrCanuck

    Well twist and turn. What you can’t be wrong about something? What did I say that led you to think I am not ok with the Big Guy/Girl sleeping?

    So let’s look at several translations of that scripture:

    King James Version (the most popular?):

    “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice”

    American Standard:

    “Let my prayer be set forth as incense before thee; The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

    Common English Bible:

    “Let my prayer stand before you like incense;
    let my uplifted hands be like the evening offering.”

    Amplified Bible:

    “Let my prayer be set forth as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

    So, I looked at several more translations and did not find the one you have. None of the translations I read used that particular phraseology (?) but it make no difference.

    The fact remains that you made up the part about having to awaken God in order to get God’s attention while the actual scripture just reflects the supplicant’s desire that his prayer be pleasing to God as if it were the pleasant smell of incense.

    It’s simple Doc.

  14. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @DrCanuck

    Wellll,,,,, yes I do. I was thinking of doing more volunteer work but …. health issues. So I sit and harass you, LOL.

    Hey nice link to a blog for Catholics. I looked but couldn’t pin down the spot on the blog that said the it is GOD who must wake up. It looks like another campaign slogan to get people back into the flock so it is possible that the priests are telling the congregation to wake up and smell the incense – return to church.


    Whatever. One of the problems with religion. People “interpret” and most often get it wrong.

    The K.I.S.S. principle is most apropos.

    Love is all you need.

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