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Old 07-23-2010, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Etiquette Question

This morning I fell and fucked up my knee. Thats beside the point though, while I was waiting for the ambulance a nice lady offered to hold my hand. She asked if she could pray for me and I said yes. I am an atheist and now I'm wondering what is the right thing to do in the situation. I said yes because she believes it would help me so why not let her help in her own way? But on the other hand I sort of feel like I should have said no since I do not believe.

Should I just allow someone to help in their own way or stick to my beliefs hardcore?

What would the right thing be in a situation like this or what would you have done?
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just bite your tongue and let them do the crazy voodoo they do.
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You could try, "God just tripped me, I don't need him laughing at me too".
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You just say "yes, thank you" and move on, she was just being nice in her way. btw, it's funny that no atheists stopped to help you.
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How does it hurt your beliefs if someone prays?
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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first of all: poor baby i hope you feel better soon - that really sucks

on your question: as long as she doesn't ask you to pray with her it wouldn't hurt to do the polite "yes sure thank you" because really let her do her thing it probably helps her feel better and even though I am atheist too other people praying doesn't bother me.
Now if she asked you to pray with her that will probably be a bit harder to respond to but I would try my best to politely decline.
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How does it hurt your beliefs if someone prays?
It's their need to force it on you. Just help her up or apply first aid, there's no need to "pray" for her.

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Old 07-23-2010, 01:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How does it hurt your beliefs if someone prays?
It doesn't but it's their beliefs. I don't want to be disrespectful and have them pray in the honor of a non-believer. Plus it's sort of awkward even though she means it in the nicest way possible.

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first of all: poor baby i hope you feel better soon - that really sucks

on your question: as long as she doesn't ask you to pray with her it wouldn't hurt to do the polite "yes sure thank you" because really let her do her thing it probably helps her feel better and even though I am atheist too other people praying doesn't bother me.
Now if she asked you to pray with her that will probably be a bit harder to respond to but I would try my best to politely decline.
Thank you! She did end up wanting me to pray with her. She said a blessing for me and obliged me to say more but I just said Amen cause it seemed less sacriligious.
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As long as someone is not trying to convert you or sell you stuff according to their religion, let them pray.

It's their vice. It's annoying, yeah. But if they're not saying "DO YOU BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ONE AND ONLY SAVIOUR, YOU FILTHY WHORE!?", you can let them pray.
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