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Theodore A. Hoppe


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Is prayer a form of placebo or is there evidence of divine intervention in the answering of prayers?

It was recently suggested to me that I conduct an experiment on whether prayer "works." The suggestion was that I keep a journal , direct my prayers to Jesus, and keep track of whether my prayers get answered. This is hardly qualities as an experiment in a scientific sense, but it does raise interesting questions.
My question, which prompted the suggestion, was "Which god would one pray to since every religion has (or has had) a god(s)." Clearly, people pray to all gods, and they might even claim their prayers get answered.
Considering this question further seems to indicate that there must be a mental aspect to prayer, irrespective of religions.

Therefore, this is not a debate about religion, rather it is a discuss about the brain and the mind, and whether a placebo effect is a part of praying.
Why does prayer "seem" to work?
Hopefully, this debate can explore praying in a scientific way.


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    Jan 15 2013: G’day Theodore

    I think it’s both a placebo & of divine intervention when it works through manifestation, it’s all to do with changing one’s vibration to change another vibration as everything vibrates & can be influenced by another vibration obviously, one just needs to find the right frequency keeping in mind that brain waves are also a vibration as well.

    I couldn’t say for sure that by just praying one can genuinely see/meet Jesus or God or change events but who really knows but of course by changing one’s own vibrations your also changing your brain chemistry which can lead to delusions as well.

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      Jan 15 2013: The manifestation aspect is covered in a comment below by TED Lover and responded to by Faisel Butt.

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