How to deal with people "praying" for me.

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How to deal with people "praying" for me.

 Can I ask you guys how do you handle someone who says that they will "pray" for you because you don't believe. I am talking about chrisitians of course. Whenever debating one of them and they end with, "I will pray for you", it drives me nuts. I think it is extremly arrogant and selfish thing to say. Anyone have any good come backs. And I would prefer them to be something intelligent and not just an insult. 

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sympathetic

I know how you feel man. I would just leave it with a sarcastic "Thaaaanks". Or how about "Don't waste your breath". too insulting? yeah, I guess. ummmm. dammit! I need a good comeback too, because I get so tired of that self-loving xtian bullshit! I hate it because I know inside their tiny minds, it makes them feel powerful because they feel they can control somebody else's lives by whispering to the air.

It's sad really.


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OK, I have a christian

OK, I have a christian scientist who keeps wanting to pray for my bad knee to heal. So not exactly your situation but even so, it is in the same ball park. Anyway, I always tell the guy: “if that will make you feel better about the situation, then feel free. It will not fix my permanent injury, though.”.

 

The same guy has other annoying behaviors too. One of them is to ask people “Who does the Holy Grail serve?” I have no clue what the answer that he is fishing for but I always come back with “How many does the Holy Grail serve?” You know how a box of some type of food always says something like “serves four” (assuming that three are not actually hungry usually)?

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It depends on their tone.

It depends on their tone. Most people just do it out of spite, a gimmick to get the last word out. However, there are many Christians, deluded as they may be, who really care about us and don't want us to burn in the eternal torture chamber that their omnibenevolent God set up for us (imagine that!). Overall, this doesn't bother me nearly as much as lots of other crap that they pull. I'd probably just say something like, "Thanks, but I don't think it'll help."

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Ask them how their other

Ask them how their other prayers worked out.


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I'm usually a socially

I'm usually a socially graceful person, so I just don't say anything.  Literally.  I pretend as if the statement never happened.  If it's a situation where it would be appropriate to say something sarcastic, I say something like, "It's your life.  Use it however you want."

I love coming up with ways to be dismissive while displaying tolerance.

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I once saw someone respond

I once saw someone respond with:
Thanks, and I'll think for you.
I've used that response ever since. It's perfect.

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If they say it because I

If they say it because I have suffered a misfortune and they are showing their empathy and sympathy at a time when both are needed or at least greatly appreciated, I say "thanks".

 

If they say it as a response to the discovery that I am an atheist and the "prayer" is designed in their mind to "convert" me (or simply advertise that no matter what was discussed they still feel superior in their ignorance) then I call them an arrogant and ignorant eejit and invite them to fuck off.

 

If neither of the above apply and the comment was made unthinkingly by someone who has simply been conditioned to express such platitudes then Vastet's advice above is perfect.

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Well, since I live in a part

Well, since I live in a part of the world that isn't full of n00bs I've never had that happen to me. But I have always thought that if it did I would respond with "I'll think for you." It might be considered an insult by them but I see no reason why its more insulting than them praying for you.


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I like to invoke the word of

I like to invoke the word of Pokemon to condescendingly dismiss things like that. Them: "I'll pray for you" Me: "and I'll catch as many pokemans as I can for you"

It works well when they want to 'talk to you about that man jesus' or 'about this great book, the bible' ( "I'd like to talk to you about pokemon and how they can make your life better' or if you haven't used a pokemon line on them before, then; 'no thanks, I'm not really into pokemon' )


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try;

 

 

        You pray for me,  I'll think for you because clearly you are not thinking for yourself.

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I think the Daniel Dennet

I think the Daniel Dennet response would be "Thanks.  Will you also sacrifice a goat?"


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I think we have a winner

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Oh wow, please tell me what

Oh wow, please tell me what part of the world you live in because i want to live there!!! I live in North Texas, U.S., an area seething with christian 'noObs' wanting to pray for others.


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marshalltenbears wrote:
Can I ask you guys how do you handle someone who says that they will "pray" for you because you don't believe. I am talking about chrisitians of course. Whenever debating one of them and they end with, "I will pray for you", it drives me nuts. I think it is extremly arrogant and selfish thing to say. Anyone have any good come backs. And I would prefer them to be something intelligent and not just an insult. 

Knowing what they think you really are, say you will pray to Satan for them.

Or mutter about Christians and their word magic.

Or "Don't bother. I'm meeting for a drink later."

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marshalltenbears wrote: Can

marshalltenbears wrote:

 Can I ask you guys how do you handle someone who says that they will "pray" for you because you don't believe. I am talking about chrisitians of course. Whenever debating one of them and they end with, "I will pray for you", it drives me nuts. I think it is extremly arrogant and selfish thing to say. Anyone have any good come backs. And I would prefer them to be something intelligent and not just an insult. 

If it's a cute girl: "I'll think about you too when I'm alone." <-- include a generous smile

If it's a dude:     "I'll think about you too when I'm alone." <-- include a creepy smile

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Talking to gods

If there was a God, who the fuck do you think you are that I would want or need you to speak to him on my behalf?


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Based on the responses here

Based on the responses here I will go with a hybrid, "and I'll think for you, don't forget to sacrifice a goat!". I think if said properly, with a big fake smile, this will be gold.

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Have you tried, "suck my

Have you tried, "suck my balls"?

...

What? Too much?


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HisWillness wrote:

Have you tried, "suck my balls"?

...

What? Too much?

 

 

Silly Will. Christians only do that in airport and rest stop restrooms.

 

Or in hotels after using mass quantities of cocaine.

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ClockCat wrote:Silly Will.

ClockCat wrote:

Silly Will. Christians only do that in airport and rest stop restrooms.

Or in hotels after using mass quantities of cocaine.



*tear* it's ... so true!

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