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  1. Thank you for your interesting and inspirational article. I have been looking everywhere online for help. It’s not possible to pray harder than I am for help to rise above my situation. I feel so frightened and alone. I never thought in a million years that I would become a drug addict. But I trusted doctors. And pharmaceuticals. And now
    I feel like the worst fool in the world. I have – to make the story short- become very weakened at every level physically mentally emotionally and even it seems spiritually by antidepressants over the years without realising what was happening. Now after my
    life has fallen into profound devastation I have been doing a great deal of research online and learn what a terrible lie these drugs are. I have fallen way beyond what I now know to be tardive dysphoria -antidepressant induced chronic depression – among other numerous problems. I have fallen onto homeless accommodation. My family is bewildered as to what has happened to my mental state. I pray beg and plead and cry for healing. And for the suicide visions of despair to stop. I think if a triad gang member and opium addict can be healed surely I am deserving. I have been believing that I must be undeserving for leaning on antidepressants for too long and for many mistakes I have made. I will continue to pray for a miracle. Thank you with love and blessings. Michele from Adelaide Australia

  2. Hello Michele,

    I’m sorry to here of your difficulties, and I will pray that you find relief and healing. I feel sure it has nothing to do with being undeserving, but I don’t understand why God heals some and not others.

    I wonder too if there is some professional help you can get that won’t take you in a wrong direction. Maybe you could find a christian counsellor, maybe through a good church.

    Keep hanging in there, keep praying and make sure you get some support from good people.

    Eric

  3. How to interpret dreams? Is it a message from God or just our mind?

    Charles, on his website had recently looked at this matter also. I had long heard stories about Muslims having dreams of Jesus. I found this quite compelling. Charles then considered what Muslim’s say on the matter. A quick search showed that Muslims report stories of Christians having Mohammad related dreams and converting to Islam.

    I had never thought about this working both ways. Once I did, it caused me to be more cautious in regard to the Christian reports of such dreams.

    Charles’ discussion can be found at the following link

    https://skepticjourney.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/well-meaning-friends-dreams/

  4. Hi Peter, thanks for reading and commenting. And thanks for the link. Full marks for reading more than one side of this question!

    I was very interested to read your link because I haven’t seen anything like that before. I have done a bit of Googling on the matter and I think I will post on it when I have searched some more. My initial impression is that the Muslim and Christian reports are not really comparable – the reports of Muslim conversions to christianity seem of a different nature and much more prevalent (on the internet at least).

    But that is just my first impression and I will be looking at the matter a bit more yet. I hope you hang around to see what I find. Thanks again.

  5. Enjoyed reading this and I enjoyed your open-minded approach. In my experience, open-mindedness
    is rather rare in believers and non-believers.

  6. Thank you. I have my own strongly held viewpoint, otherwise I’d never have set up this blog. But I do believe each of us has to make our own choices, and it is good to be open to others who think or experience differently. So I am encouraged that you find some of my stuff to be that way.

  7. I myself saw a vision of Jesus while I was praying at around 9pm before bedtime.As i was praying with my eyes closed, I suddenly felt transported in a different place..i found myself standing behind Jesus who was dressed in a white robe.i could not see His face but i instincly knew it was Him.Before i could even react, there came a woman who was also dressed in white with a white cloak on her head.She walked towards Jesus and stood before Him.at first i could hardly figure out who the woman was, but then after a while it became clear to me who she was.This woman was active on television many years back but had left the country to seek medical treatment abroad for colon cancer. The next day, I told my sister about the vision.She thought i was hallucinating.I grew restless and though i was still unsure if the vision was real or not..i waited for the news of her death on tv..two days from when i had that vision..reports of her death was all over the news. My sister and I were flabbergasted upon learning of her demise.That vision has greatly strengthened and deepened my faith In Christ.

  8. My mother, a lifelong Presbyterian who died about a decade ago at the age of 90 (and had read the entire KJV of the bible at the age of 15), said she thought prayer was for the person praying, that they wanted to help but didn’t know anything to actually make a difference (when I asked about her declining to join a prayer chain in her women’s group, but my sister, a busy teacher, participated in hers).

    Most of the prayer studies (possible exception the huge 2996 Harvard study which had results that nobody predicted) are poorly designed. There are simply too many conflating factors.

    One has to wonder if the Miel Garcia’s vision of Jesus matched the photographs of him! I think the memory and perception studies are far more interesting (and scientific).

    http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/idea-happened-memory-recollection

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzi_AKIny1k

    If there were health benefits from prayer, it should have been reflected in the 8-decade-long longevity. project. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/science/19longevity.html

    There is good progress going on with addiction research too, (after decades of propaganda leading only to ever increasing wrongful incarceration of minorities and the poor). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY9DcIMGxMs

  9. Hi Ruth, thanks for visiting. You have touched on several interesting matters.

    1. I grew up Presbyterian and I think those Presbyterians had a wrong attitude to prayer.

    2. Yes, prayer studies are difficult to design scientifically. I think the best may be to look at individual healings and see if a natural explanation can be found. In some case, it cannot. (I have looked at some of these in Healing miracles and God.)

    3. I don’t think memory and perception studies say much about whether healings or visions occur, but only suggest that some of the details won’t be remembered well. Is that what you were thinking?

    4. The longevity project actually found that religious people do indeed tend to live longer, though it suggested that the main reasons were their good social connections, their healthier lifestyle and their life of purpose and serving others that made the difference.

    5. That TED talk on addiction was very good – thanks.

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