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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-16-05 09:22 AM
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15. One Would Think That A Deity Could Overcome Such Minor Obstacles ...
<< Fear and doubt are barriers that cannot be surmounted until they are taken down. >>

like "fear" and "doubt".

<< I have been told is to proper to ask someone if you can pray for them for healing; perhaps this study shows why. >>

Wouldn't that be like telling someone in a double-blind drug-testing that they are actually receiving the REAL medicine? The placebo effect is proven and that's WHY we have double-blind testing.

By TELLING someone (asking permission) that they are being "prayed over"... and if they believe in such things... the placebo effect may come into play.

Indeed, this study DOES show why believers think it's "proper" to ask (and therefore inform) someone that they are being prayed-over... otherwise it won't "work" without the patient's knowledge (and their belief that it might work).

Being "proper" has absolutely nothing to do with it.

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