“Is a Prayer to a God Represented in Stone and Good a True Prayer to God?” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Ladies and gentlemen, I now will examine the question and issue, is a prayer to a god made of stone or wood a prayer to the true god? Let me say initially that as a Christian I do believe Jesus to be the true god and accept and believe his claim to be god and the sole way to know and reach god in heaven. As a Christian, I do not and cannot deviate from that position just as I do not and cannot deviate from the commandment in Exodus that we cannot have any other gods before the god of mount Sinai who in Exodus gave Moses the fixed and eternal law the Decalog. For me, when I pray, I pray only to Jesus who I sincerely believe to be the true god and sole god as he revealed his nature in the four gospels. What, then, can I say of those religions that worship stone and wooden idols? Adherents of these religions pray to these idols who god in the Decalog commanded us not to believe in saying we are not to worship graven images. The message in Exodus is that god is a spirit and without sex. Do the prayers directed to these physical representations of what these no doubt sincerely religious people think to be god effectually reach some sort of god as they imagine him to be? As I said in a previous essay most people take their religion from their family background and the tradition their community gives and hands down to them. Most of the time the believer even in the sort of god presented to them in the form of some sort of stone or wooden idol do so with sincerity and in their prayers are deeply trying to reach god as they think him to be and have been taught to believer and know about him. And so, their prayer to this idol Jesus hears and understands, whoever they may be praying to. All prayers are heard by god, whatever god that person has been taught to and is trying to reach and I take the view that Jesus and the trinity hear and understand all prayers and hears them in love and understanding knowing as he does the limitations of all humanity and excusing as he does our mistakes and errors. We may use another name for him and see him in a different form, but he will and still in his eternal love hears all prayers and answers them.