Overly personal poll: Do you pray?

I posted a similar poll on my blog this year and thought it would be fun to gauge the “religiocity” of Infendo readers as well. So tell us, people of the world:

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Whatever your beliefs, happy Sunday, everyone.

21 Responses to Overly personal poll: Do you pray?

  1. Jonic says:

    Blake man, come on.. This is a blog about Nintendo – one which I’ve been reading for the past five years.. Creating an “off-topic” category probably isn’t such a good idea on a blog with such sharp focus on a single subject.. That and whether or not your readers pray is completely irrelevant..

    Can we start talking about video games again now? 🙂

  2. Richard says:

    Gee, Blake, could this get any more personal? 🙂

    Now, the only thing I object to here is that the poll links prayer specifically to asking for help or “Divine intervention.” You know darn well it’s far more than that.

    I’m not what I’d consider a traditionally religious guy: I rarely go to church. But I do pray–every day in some way or another. Whatever one’s beliefs, it’s important to take a moment each day to connect with the Universe, The Creator, The Cosmos, The Greater Good…however you want to interpret whatever is larger than ourselves. It helps me to focus, get some perspective, remind myself that I’m not the center of reality, think about my family, my friends and what’s important in life.

    How do I want to help the world? What did I do wrong today that I can do better tomorrow? What do I want to contribute before I die? Those are some of the things I think about during these moments.

    And, it’s nice to express gratitude for my family, my life, and the amazingness of existence. Every day, I try to reach outward and say “Thanks. However long or short my remaining time, it’s good to be part of all this. I’ll try not to waste the chance.”

    Have an awesome Sunday! 🙂

  3. raindog469 says:

    It’s important to spend a little time every day examining your life, thinking about the big questions, and considering all the little things you can do to make a positive impact on yourself and others rather than merely surviving.

    Some people need to imagine a sky-fairy, a god, a “Greater Good”, a “Cosmos” or whatever to get them to do this in the form of praying. But some of us don’t.

  4. Darkstar1141 says:

    Wow, I’m surprised with the results. Doesn’t mean I dislike ’em though 🙂

  5. David says:

    Obviously these folks haven’t been playing Bit.Trip games on their Wii. That series alone has gotten me to kneel and scream “WHY?!” to the heavens.

  6. Yutsud says:

    Pray without ceasing

  7. I don’t pray since I don’t believe there’s anything to pray too.

  8. JJM says:

    With a topic like this on infendo.com, it makes me sure that I will not come back to this website again.

  9. The Zombie says:

    I love how Infendo is the following:

    A site known for trolling its readers.
    A site that doesn’t respect the company it wants to represent.
    A site that is slow as heck on news.
    And a site that tries to be intellectual when it doesn’t need too.

    For this, I’ll pray, that you will realize the errors of your way.

    However, I know for a fact that the writers on this site don’t give the slightest notion or care about their readers. That they’ll never change. These cheap poll questions mean nothing, and you know it too. That’s why half your fans have left for other sites, and your best writers write for different sites now.

  10. Mike says:

    This may rate as the most bizarre question I’ve heard in a while, but seeing as I’m an atheist heathen, I may be simply not seeing the bigger picture.

  11. Wes says:

    Geeze, some of you are taking this pretty hard. It’s not like Blake is asking what religion you are. He’s just asking how many believe in a higher power. There shouldn’t be anything offensive about that. No one’s even going to know who voted which way – it’s totally confidential. No one’s being judged here. I personally think it’s a pretty good poll. It’s always interesting to see if there is any correlation between one niche group and another totally different one. Good question Blake! I look forward to the results.

  12. BlueRocks says:

    Hey @The Zombie… why don’t you take @JJM’s advice and just never come back. It is not like your comment is productive in any way, shape, or form.

    I pray all the time and I am thankful for it. Why is discussing religion such a hard/embarassing topic for people. We can share our beliefs on video games at the drop of a hat, and have no problem telling other people they are insane (the 360 and PS3 DO suck), but ask a simple question about God and people are up in arms.

    It was a poll question I never expected to see on Infendo and that is why I liked it. Keeps me on my toes. Expect the unexpected and all that.

    Keep it up.

    ps. @Wes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (ie. the Mormons), thanks for asking. How is that for asking for abuse!

  13. Chelsea says:

    Geez, TheZombie. That rant seemed uncalled for. It’s just a poll… granted, it’s off-topic, but if you don’t want to respond, you don’t have to. That’s the beauty of the internet… you really can ignore things you don’t like. I promise. It’s happened. I done seen it.

    Anyway, my answer is a little more involved than a few simple options on a poll would allow. Despite believing in a higher power, I don’t really pray often. In fact, it’s more like almost never. I’ve never liked asking other people for favors or help, and I guess I don’t like asking God for help either. Furthermore, the few times in my life when I truly needed something to happen, and I practically begged God in ongoing prayer for something that was beyond my control… it didn’t.

    I read a news article once about how Katy Perry prayed that God would make her boobs so huge that she would look down and not be able to see her feet, and eventually it happened. I hear this nonsense and think, why do people get such stupid vain requests granted and I can’t have something go right that’s actually incredibly important to me, when I never ask for anything anyway?

    They say God helps those who help themselves… and since my rare prayers are typically not answered, I try to just solve my own problems as much as I can, rather than sitting back and hoping God will fix it.

  14. BlueRocks says:

    What I can’t figure out are the poll results. Why does YES have the most responses – 121 – but the red gauge is half the size of NO which has only 111 votes and is barely more than MEH which has only 1/3 of YES’s votes (44).

    Must be the new math.

    ps. @Chelsea, I think you answered your own question. God does help those who help themselves. So you do as much as you can and then he will take care of the rest. Sitting back and waiting for God/someone else to solve problems for you will never work. I hope everything worked out for you in the end.

  15. Wes says:

    @Blue Rock

    You’re right. There shouldn’t even be anything offensive about asking what one’s religion is either. But I can see how some would feel it to be intrusive as, unfortunately, there are certain stigmas attached to some religions. It’s too bad people think that way. Thanks for your thoughts! I’m a Protestant Christian btw. And an avid prayer.

    I never dreamed I would see such discussions on a site such as this. It is a little strange, but what the heck! Why not? I do love Mario and all things Nintendo and I keep coming to this site because it does a great job giving video game news and interesting things to think about. All the more interesting now!

  16. gojiguy says:

    I pray, but I do not always see it as “getting help”

    it’s communication with God, not just begging. Sometimes its just appreciation and thankfulness.

  17. John says:

    Wait a minute…If it’s too personal, don’t answer in the poll! Genius! Now relax!

  18. InvisibleMan says:

    I actually liked this “surprise”, off-topic poll! Why? Because this kind of poll is usually thrown to the typical religious-oriented blogs, where you already know the results depending on where the topic of the blog leans to. I find it interesting to see more unbiased results form a poll like this one! Nice surprise!

    Now, can we go back to playing Kirby?

  19. steel pans says:

    I pray all the time. Even before writing this comment, hope you get it.

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