(06-01-2013, 05:18 PM)Shadow Wrote: I remember my brother being sent to pentacostal bible camp. He came home crying, the preacher told the kids that Ethiopian children deserved to starve to death because they weren't christian.
And then years later (stupid me) I sent my kid to bible camp (multi-denominational) and she came home crying because a speaker they had at camp told the kids they'd die in a horrible car crash unless they became christian.
Then not long after an old lady I knew, isolated way at the back end of Caribou Lake, rained for days and a creek diverted into her basement, was washing out the foundation of her house. A friend and I (happened to be a Sunday morning) tried to get help to go divert the creek back into it's original bed. All the christians said no, they were on their way to church but they'd pray for her I'm sure they did but it was atheists that got in their trucks and came to help.
One of my son's friends' mother makes prayer blankets and totally believes that prayer will change events; we've had heated arguments about this. She gave my son a prayer blanket, then when I tried to return it to her (because it did it's job, supposedly) she would not accept it back. So now it's mine, I guess.
Well, she came to my door the other week, crying about a personal matter, that all her prayers could not change (but I did not bring this reality up). I believe I did comfort her, in my own way, with my own brand of spiritual advice and down to Earth 'pull up your bootstraps and get on with it' preaching.