Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lazy Religion!!!

..... In Colossians 4:2, St. Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. Well the makers of Information Age Prayer had this in mind when they created their website that essentially prays for the faithful.
..... Their website says that "Information Age Prayer is a subscription service utilizing a computer with text-to-speech capability to incant your prayers each day. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that your prayers will always be said even if you wake up late, or forget." Once the electric can opener was invented, it was only a matter of time before people were letting machines pray for them. What's next, robots celebrating Mass? TVs teaching catechism? Radios hearing confession!?
..... This is just pure laziness. It's basically just a way for people to skip their spiritual duties. IAP says that their services should act as a supplement and that traditional prayer shouldn't be abandoned. Well when newspapers started placing articles online, I bet they suggested that subscribers shouldn't abandon the print edition. Now look what's happening! Print media is slowly becoming obsolete.Most subscribers to this website will probably just skip their daily prayers since they'll be comforted that a machine will be repeating it for them. If this service became a mainstream activity, how many people do you know would keep praying on their own? We already live in an environment where spirituality takes a back seat to secular material. I'm sorry to say, but IAP is an insult to every member of the faithful, regardless of religion.
..... The next thing that grinds my gears about this website is that it treats religion like a flea market.

IAP: "You're Roman Catholic you say? Well have I got a deal for you! The Lord's Prayer can be yours for just $3.95/month. And why not spice things up and add a rosary for $49.95/month!"

..... Of course that's just a dramatization but it's basically what this service is doing. Jesus Christ himself drove out the moneylenders and vendors from the temple after all. With this in mind, one can understand how offensive IAP is to Christians. But don't worry, the nice people at IAP also have a collection of Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant prayers.
..... So, for any of your lazy religion needs, go to Information Age Prayer, which probably is going to offer eternal salvation for $500!! And for your real spiritual needs, go to your local church, synagogue, temple, or mosque. Don't waste your time on that website!!

- Jeremy Dela Cruz


  1. That sort of saddens me. If one chooses to believe in something, one should go about it with full fervor and devotion. Not to say one has to be over zealous and overbearing, but it is a personal choice to subscribe to a certain dogma, and once that choice is made, one has to keep up with it.

  2. I've probably never truly prayed in my life but who doesn't have time to pray? It doesn't seem so difficult to do something that's been done probably daily by certain people. It would be like having a robot give you water because you don't have the time to get a cup and take a drink but do have the time to buy a robot and set it up so that you can gulp at random times. I guess what I'm saying is that it would be useless, because, on the idea of having no time, they would also spend time on the computer to work the website. I'd use it if I was scared that God might strike me down if I mess up on my prayer, but using the internet is already messin' it up.