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God and Coincidences

I bought a book that would really help my parents in solving one of their current challenges, i.e. re-organizing the house and de-cluttering.

The book cost approximately 15$. Shipping costs would amount to 50%.

So I thought that I might as well wait a couple of weeks and give it in person to them during my next visit. Hey, with the money saved I probably could get them another good book, or post an extra ad on eBay for the car they don’t use.

A couple of days later, I find three $5 bills in a parking lot. I used them to ship the book to my parents.

Then I remembered something I read a couple of days before:

We are each of us but the channel through which the Omnipotent power is being differentiated into form; unless we give, the channel is obstructed and we can receive no more. This is true on every plane of existence and in every field of endeavor and all walks of life. The more we give, the more we get. The athlete who wishes to get strong must make use of the strength he has, and the more he gives the more he will get. The financier who wishes to make money must make use of the money he has, for only by using it can he get more.”

(from: http://maxpersuasion.com/haanel/index.php?pos=54)

and

“15. The great error of the present day is the idea that Man has to originate the intelligence whereby the Infinite can proceed to bring about a specific purpose or result. Nothing of this kind is necessary; the Universal Mind can be depended upon to find the ways and means for bringing about any necessary manifestation. We must, however, create the ideal, and this ideal should be perfect.

(from: http://maxpersuasion.com/haanel/index.php?pos=102)

Last time I found dollars bills on the ground was 11 years ago. Funny coincidence. The scientist in me thinks : Random luck. Another part of me thinks that “The Big Guy works in mysterious ways. Give him the benefit of the doubt.”

Intriguing coincidence. What are your stories?

Last weekend while walking downtown with my girlfriend, she found a dollar bill on the ground right before we walked across some railroad tracks. We continued our walk downtown. When we got there, she bought me a beer. She tipped the bartender with the dollar she found. We sat outside at a table on the sidewalk under a bright blue sky and listened to a high school jazz band. What do you make of that?

I once won $400 in a casino and waxed the lot on coke, beers, strippers and whores

[quote]electric_eales wrote:
I once won $400 in a casino and waxed the lot on coke, beers, strippers and whores[/quote]

Dummy, you’d have still had some if you’d have made up your mind between strippers and whores. Glutton, did you need both? :slight_smile:

[quote]Loose Tool wrote:
Last weekend while walking downtown with my girlfriend, she found a dollar bill on the ground right before we walked across some railroad tracks. We continued our walk downtown. When we got there, she bought me a beer. She tipped the bartender with the dollar she found. We sat outside at a table on the sidewalk under a bright blue sky and listened to a high school jazz band. What do you make of that?[/quote]

Sounds like a nice evening.

[quote]Loose Tool wrote:
Last weekend while walking downtown with my girlfriend, she found a dollar bill on the ground right before we walked across some railroad tracks. We continued our walk downtown. When we got there, she bought me a beer. She tipped the bartender with the dollar she found. We sat outside at a table on the sidewalk under a bright blue sky and listened to a high school jazz band. What do you make of that?[/quote]

Somebody wanted to see you happy. :stuck_out_tongue:

[quote]btm62 wrote:
electric_eales wrote:
I once won $400 in a casino and waxed the lot on coke, beers, strippers and whores

Dummy, you’d have still had some if you’d have made up your mind between strippers and whores. Glutton, did you need both? :)[/quote]

I wasn’t going to have whores but after the strippers I had too!

[quote]electric_eales wrote:
btm62 wrote:
electric_eales wrote:
I once won $400 in a casino and waxed the lot on coke, beers, strippers and whores

Dummy, you’d have still had some if you’d have made up your mind between strippers and whores. Glutton, did you need both? :slight_smile:

I wasn’t going to have whores but after the strippers I had too!
[/quote]

LOL. Can’t argue with ya. I withdraw my criticism.

a while back i found a twenty on the ground. i used it to buy a hammer. i then took the hammer and smashed in the window to somebodies house, and emptied it of it’s contents. did god put that there with that intent? can i blame god when i get caught? he did after all put the twenty in my way knowing what it would be used for. god basically commited the crime, in that case he commits all crimes. if he is to be given credit for all things good, then he must also accept responsability for all things bad.

[quote]mazilla wrote:
a while back i found a twenty on the ground. i used it to buy a hammer. i then took the hammer and smashed in the window to somebodies house, and emptied it of it’s contents. did god put that there with that intent? can i blame god when i get caught? he did after all put the twenty in my way knowing what it would be used for. god basically commited the crime, in that case he commits all crimes. if he is to be given credit for all things good, then he must also accept responsability for all things bad.[/quote]

No, he isn’t responsible for personal actions. That is freewill, God doesn’t countrol people. God will let you face temptations, but he (or his son) is there to walk beside you while you are confronted with temptation and help you so you do not sin. He will not force you in to temptation and he does not put you in temptation. Satan is responsible for that, not God.

Is there a god or isn’t there? I may be an atheist, but if I weren’t, I would still believe the same thing.

We are dealt our cards in life. Whether you believe the random generator of life, or god the dealer dealt them, the results are the same. You are given a hand and you decide how to play the hand you are dealt.

We are all given a series of random events to deal with. But most of what happens in our lives is a result of our actions, and our responses to those random and non-random events.

If we are given bad genetics, and become fat, we could learn about diet and exercise, then work out, and eat right. Or we could just whine about it, and go eat a fudgicle. (Apparently that is a word.)

The professional poker players are not dealt better hands then anyone else, they just learned how to play the game better.

(Ignoring the poker cheats right now that is. Speaking of which, if you are ever introduced to Darwin Ortiz at a poker table, get up and leave.)

[quote]MrChill wrote:
Last time I found dollars bills on the ground was 11 years ago. Funny coincidence. The scientist in me thinks : Random luck. Another part of me thinks that “The Big Guy works in mysterious ways. Give him the benefit of the doubt.”[/quote]

I think both of you’s should get a job that pays enough so that you can afford to ship a book without Divine intervention.

[quote]MrChill wrote:

Intriguing coincidence. What are your stories?[/quote]

My story?

Well, once upon a time, I found this really cool weightlifting site that I learned a lot from. It even had a politics section so I could talk politics with people from all over the country!

Then, on the same day that it rained really hard and puppies got struck by lightening in 15 different states, it got overrun with religious zealots who refused to stop posting threads about fucking Jesus.

Now, puppies are dead, it’s still raining in Jersey, and there’s fifteen fucking threads up that all whine about the same Goddamn (Yea, I said it) thing. My conclusion?

There’s NO FUCKING GOD.

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:
MrChill wrote:

Intriguing coincidence. What are your stories?

My story?

Well, once upon a time, I found this really cool weightlifting site that I learned a lot from. It even had a politics section so I could talk politics with people from all over the country!

Then, on the same day that it rained really hard and puppies got struck by lightening in 15 different states, it got overrun with religious zealots who refused to stop posting threads about fucking Jesus.

Now, puppies are dead, it’s still raining in Jersey, and there’s fifteen fucking threads up that all whine about the same Goddamn (Yea, I said it) thing. My conclusion?

There’s NO FUCKING GOD.[/quote]

Dude, you need to up your Prozac dosage!

[quote]Lorisco wrote:
FightinIrish26 wrote:
MrChill wrote:

Intriguing coincidence. What are your stories?

My story?

Well, once upon a time, I found this really cool weightlifting site that I learned a lot from. It even had a politics section so I could talk politics with people from all over the country!

Then, on the same day that it rained really hard and puppies got struck by lightening in 15 different states, it got overrun with religious zealots who refused to stop posting threads about fucking Jesus.

Now, puppies are dead, it’s still raining in Jersey, and there’s fifteen fucking threads up that all whine about the same Goddamn (Yea, I said it) thing. My conclusion?

There’s NO FUCKING GOD.

Dude, you need to up your Prozac dosage!

[/quote]

Fuck that. I haven’t started drinking yet that’s why.

Either way, get a sense of humor dick.

You quote another persons thought, think for yourself or go through your entire! life with other peoples ideas on what life is.

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:
Lorisco wrote:
FightinIrish26 wrote:
MrChill wrote:

Intriguing coincidence. What are your stories?

My story?

Well, once upon a time, I found this really cool weightlifting site that I learned a lot from. It even had a politics section so I could talk politics with people from all over the country!

Then, on the same day that it rained really hard and puppies got struck by lightening in 15 different states, it got overrun with religious zealots who refused to stop posting threads about fucking Jesus.

Now, puppies are dead, it’s still raining in Jersey, and there’s fifteen fucking threads up that all whine about the same Goddamn (Yea, I said it) thing. My conclusion?

There’s NO FUCKING GOD.

Dude, you need to up your Prozac dosage!

Fuck that. I haven’t started drinking yet that’s why.

Either way, get a sense of humor dick.[/quote]

That’s just sad and pathetic Bro.

Sounds like you have never had a sexual experience so good that you just knew there had to be a God. Find a good woman and maybe you will change your mind.

[quote]Lorisco wrote:
FightinIrish26 wrote:
Lorisco wrote:
FightinIrish26 wrote:
MrChill wrote:

Intriguing coincidence. What are your stories?

My story?

Well, once upon a time, I found this really cool weightlifting site that I learned a lot from. It even had a politics section so I could talk politics with people from all over the country!

Then, on the same day that it rained really hard and puppies got struck by lightening in 15 different states, it got overrun with religious zealots who refused to stop posting threads about fucking Jesus.

Now, puppies are dead, it’s still raining in Jersey, and there’s fifteen fucking threads up that all whine about the same Goddamn (Yea, I said it) thing. My conclusion?

There’s NO FUCKING GOD.

Dude, you need to up your Prozac dosage!

Fuck that. I haven’t started drinking yet that’s why.

Either way, get a sense of humor dick.

That’s just sad and pathetic Bro.

Sounds like you have never had a sexual experience so good that you just knew there had to be a God. Find a good woman and maybe you will change your mind.

[/quote]

That gives new meaning to the saying “God came to me.”

[quote]pookie wrote:
Sounds like you have never had a sexual experience so good that you just knew there had to be a God. Find a good woman and maybe you will change your mind.

That gives new meaning to the saying “God came to me.”[/quote]

Remind me of a God monologue:

(God, winking and looking at his fingers): “When your girlfriend comes, you thinks it’s only because of you?”

[quote]MrChill wrote:
pookie wrote:
Sounds like you have never had a sexual experience so good that you just knew there had to be a God. Find a good woman and maybe you will change your mind.

That gives new meaning to the saying “God came to me.”

Remind me of a God monologue:

(God, winking and looking at his fingers): “When your girlfriend comes, you thinks it’s only because of you?”

[/quote]

Yeah, heard that one from a stand-up comic a few years back. It was in french, though.

A more recent one, from his “God” character:

God is answering His mail. The letter reads:

“Dear God,
Why do poor people die of starvation?”

Answer: Because they can’t afford to die in a plane crash.