What's best response to a person who says "I'm still praying for you."

I've got several friends that are very Religious (yes, with a capital R). Even though they know that I'm an atheist, they want to prevent me from going to a place I don't believe in by praying for me in hopes that I will see the light.  I usually tell them to use their time on someone who cares but they still insist on saving my soul.  I eventually end up just ignoring them, but has anyone given a witty or profound response?

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Comment by Alan Perlman on July 14, 2013 at 12:48pm

Thanks, Spud.  And of course the proper response to "I'll pray for you" is "OK, and I'll think for you."

Comment by V.N.K.Kumar on July 14, 2013 at 10:24am

I would say, " Thanks. But since I am convinced that there is no soul, no afterlife, no guardian angels, no God, no heaven & no hell, I feel you are only wasting your time. But if you still insist on praying for me just think about this. If your Omnipotent, Omniscient God has a plan for all of us, then everything will go according to that plan. So what's the point of praying? Do you think you can change his mind by praying? Is it not arrogance to think that you can influence him? If you still persist in praying, please do not expect me to be grateful to you".

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2013 at 6:34am

Alan, I like that answer.

Comment by Alan Perlman on July 13, 2013 at 7:28pm

Lacking tact or wit, I'd probably say, "Don't waste your time. Nobody's listening." 

Comment by Michael Penn on July 12, 2013 at 12:26am

This is in reply to Bob Richards post on the sneezing. Often many people say to you "gazundheit" which literally means "health" in German. In modern times it's taken to mean "God bless you" and most people today do simply say "God bless you." The apparent superstition here is that when you sneeze, just for an instant your breath is halted and neither in or out. At that time you are between life and death, but only for that instant. I'm just posting this one to let everyone know.

Comment by Bob Richards on July 11, 2013 at 4:15pm

When I sneeze in a public setting, I say "excuse me". Someone will inevitably say "god bless you". I always retort "there is no god". After a short while those folks will no longer say god bless you to me. Better still, you have planted a seed for their mental recovery. 

People who know me don't dare tell me they are praying for me because they fear my reply "Thank you, and I will masturbate for you tonight too"! 

If we reply to absurdity with equal absurdity, or with facts, we make a point which we would otherwise not be able to make. We should NEVER give special consideration to religious irrationality, but answer it in a way which makes the person offended and shocked, and thereafter think.

--
Si vis pacem, para bellum

Comment by Jim DePaulo on July 11, 2013 at 10:21am

"I'm praying for you" is code for, "I really don't give a shit about your problems but praying is the best I can do while doing nothing"

Comment by John Revay on July 11, 2013 at 8:51am

Thanks, Richard, but what flimsy evidence? My friend keeps referring to "It's in the Bible." Well, Lord Voldemort and Bilbo Baggins were also in books, but that didn't make them real. (Though frankly, I've always had a sneaky admiration for Voldemort, along with Darth Vader!)

Comment by Richard Goscicki on July 11, 2013 at 8:43am

Fun post.  I’d tell ‘em.  “Don’t you think I could pray for myself?  Why would God pay more attention to you when you accept his existence on such flimsy evidence? 

 

Comment by John Revay on July 11, 2013 at 8:02am
Here is what I posted on my FB page. With luck some people will get the message, but Idoubt it. Long-term delusions are hard to change.
My thoughts on people praying for me. I have some friends that keep praying for me even though I'm not the least bit interested.

So I've got several responses:
- How bout making me a sandwich instead!
- I'd appreciate it if you didn't think about me before you went to sleep. Kinda creepy.
- You're gonna pray for me? So basically you're gonna sit at home and do nothing?
- If you insist,at least do it old school. Get a pile of rocks and wood, slit a goat's throat ( a bunny will do in a pinch), and then burn the carcass.
- Enjoy talking to yourself.

If my comments offend anybody, please know that praying for me is equally offensive to me. If you still insist on praying for me, please have the courtesy of not telling me. I have studied religion and have concluded that it there are no gods. If I'm wrong, won't I be surprised! And if I'm right, nobody will ever know what happens after you die because you will totally cease to exist.
Photo: My thoughts on people praying for me. I have some friends that keep praying for me even though I'm not the least bit interested. So I've got several responses: - How bout making me a sandwich instead! - I'd appreciate it if you didn't think about me before you went to sleep. Kinda creepy. - You're gonna pray for me? So basically you're gonna sit at home and do nothing? - If you insist,at least do it old school. Get a pile of rocks and wood, slit a goat's throat ( a bunny will do in a pinch), and then burn the carcass. - Enjoy talking to yourself. If my comments offend anybody, please know that praying for me is equally offensive to me. If you still insist on praying for me, please have the courtesy of not telling me. I have studied religion and have concluded that it there are no gods. If I'm wrong, won't I be surprised! And if I'm right, nobody will ever know what happens after you die because you will totally cease to exist.

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