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( Yes, that's a quote. And please God let me win the lottery.)

"And that is not faith. It is viewing God as a magical Jini in the sky."

By your hopeful definition, perhaps. But many people of faith 'believe' just this way - probably almost all are guilty of this kind of thinking at one time or another. Your faith is followed because, in the end, followers 'get' eternal salvation.

Thy will be done, as long as I get mine in the end. Ultimately, it is a pretty self-serving thing.
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