Christians know that prayer works – they see its power demonstrated every day in their lives. Still, skeptics decry prayer as folly, a wistful effort to wish away problems or magically influence future events. They are naive. Scientific evidence has demonstrated repeatedly that prayer and the psychology behind it truly work. Scientifically supported benefits of prayer Through various research studies, science has proven that there are many benefits realized from praying. Below are some of the benefits along with the supporting scientific studies. Prayer reduces stress – if done for the right reasons Most Christians pray for others more than they pray for their own benefit. In June 2012, the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion published their research findings in a study titled Prayer and Subjective Well-Being.
Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt to buy grain and are rebuked unless they agree to return the youngest brother, Benjamin, to Egypt (Genesis 42:1 – 43:34)
While the region was in the grip of a great drought. Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt so he told his sons, “Why are you just standing around? There is grain in Egypt. Go there and buy some so we can survive the drought.” Ten of Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt but Jacob did not send Benjamin, the youngest, because he was afraid harm would come to him. Thus, Israel’s sons were among the many who went to buy grain during the famine in the land of Canaan. At the time, Joseph was governor of the land, the person who handled the sale of grain to the people. When Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed to him in respect. They did not recognize him (it had
Did John the Baptist and Jesus conspire to create the Messiah story? Here’s where atheist logic breaks down.
Detractors and non-believers claim that John the Baptist and Jesus conspired to create the Messiah story. They point out that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins, born only months apart. They highlight that the two grew up together, played together, and naturally would have had their systems of belief coalesce as part of their close relationship. During their time together, based on their shared beliefs, the two cousins created a storyline that required John the Baptist pave the way for his cousin, Jesus, to proclaim he was the Messiah. The problem with this supposed narrative, regardless of several obvious breakdowns of logic, is that much of this storyline is untrue, never mentioned in the biblical verses nor outside historical references. Only Luke mentions the relationship
The woman flees to the wilderness while the dragon pursues her, intent on devouring her child (Revelation 12:1 – 12:17)
A great sign appeared in heaven – a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in labor. Then another sign appeared in heaven – an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that it might devour the child the moment it was born. The woman gave birth to a son, one who will rule over all the nations with an iron scepter. Her child was snatched up