Thursday, August 6, 2009

Praying That Something Bad Would Happen To Someone

I really liked this post:

Stuff Christians Like: Praying something bad will happen to so someone so they'll see how good God is

I admit, I've done it. Not recently, but I am guilty none the less. You?

I guess I never saw how terrible it is to pray pain onto someone. Sure we have "good" motives but that kind of "the end justifies the means" is not really Christian. This kind of praying definitely breaks the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Yikes! It's funny (and scary) how easily one's concern for someone's well being can be corrupted into attempts to pray that bad things will come upon them . . .


Coach Dueck said...

not sure if i've ever prayed that something bad would happen, but i sometimes pray that people wouldn't be happy or feel empty unless they turn Godwards!

Anonymous said...

The closest I've heard/experienced myself is during Bible college when a classmate took it upon himself to publicly pray and THANK God for his neighbors physical pain he was experiencing due to a broken limb.

I've never forgotten that, and how it disturbed me.