I’m back from my out of town job and a bit more rested so maybe I can respond to at least a few of your well considered questions.
Dumpsterfire: From your reply #179 and 190
Thanks for your conceding that you were unnecessarily harsh on me. That’s the kind of honesty I’d like to return to you.
If you read the entire darkknightpremonition thing I want to thank you. It was a lot to read and I mean to make it worth your while, or at least make an attempt.
You think supernatural premonitions are impossible or you wouldn’t be an atheist so any connections between the 23 year old story and Aurora will be dismissed by you out of hand no matter how remarkable. To concede to any of it would shatter your belief system, and I actually respect that. I couldn’t maintain your close mindedness but it works for you and I don’t mean to deprive you of it.
Or should I say, if I do deprive you of it it will be the result of you finding credibility in my reporting of events that cannot be explained in any other way. I wouldn’t be posting here if I didn’t think I’m on to something and what I’m onto needs scrutiny, so you are offering me as service I might not be able to articulate without help.
You may dismiss the connections, and I might have tried to dismiss them to keep me from a fool’s errand (which is entirely possible I’ll admit) but when I emerged from my office after joking with the fire inspector to find that my truck sprung a gas leak, God (or whoever) was making sure that I didn’t walk away from my investigation empty handed. For you it means nothing, but it can’t mean nothing to me because I was there. It is so crazy that I can’t be insulted by your ridicule, I actually understand the ridicule. It is so crazy, it just has to be supernatural.
The exercise of prayer is an act of faith in the unseen, and by design it excludes and even confounds the rational. You would have preferred that my old story had an attack to make it more compelling, and you are right, that’s why I went to the trouble to investigate. A run of the mill gas leak is different from a tear gas canister is different from a fuel pump diaphragm failure. Every one of them is completely different, but what kind of dullard would I have been if I had dismissed the connections out of hand? I looked into them, they connect, and where the connections were ambivalent I was given back up support. The boobytrap.
2. Removing prayer in schools was a big deal. You may argue all the merits of the tortured litigation and there isn’t room here for all that but why don’t we just concede here that it was Atheists that got it outlawed, not a bunch of sects that fought over minutia.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair got bible reading out of schools the year after prayer was removed. You should be so proud. How’d she die? In 1995 she was kidnapped, murdered, and her body mutilated, along with her son Jon Murray and granddaughter Robin Murray O'Hair, by former American Atheist office manager David Roland Waters.
I wonder if the shooters at Aurora and Sandy Hook were praying bible reading kids or if they were atheist like the office manager? I’ll have to look that one up.
Don’t expect me to speak for God’s mysterious ways except that they are mysterious. The Amish incident you want an answer on is as bad as any of them. The best I can do here is say what I said when I got one look at the Sandy Hook killer. I feel as sorry for him, the shooter, as I do for the victims. My assertion that removing God Bible Prayer Ten Commandments from school caused all the current killing is both my premonition’s implications as well as the environment that those killers were brought up in. If all that bible reading, prayer and Ten commandments wasn’t outlawed and shunned by society, those killers wouldn’t have been killers. They are as much victims of the outlawing of morality as the slaughtered are.
And that is what you and Madalyn have done, you’ve outlawed God’s morality. The founder’s intended that students should be immersed in the bible in public schools, Thomas Jefferson famously declared it and if I’m not mistaken ordered the government to print the bibles with taxpayers money to make sure of it.
Here’s the bottom line. My premonition means something. It is a supernatural prophecy designed to have a very long fuse, a twenty three year long fuse. An omniscient God gave it to me to write about twenty three years ago, and then backed up the conclusion I was drawing from it by boobytrapping my truck.
A lot of your flaming at me for all this is somewhat understandable because we want explanations that make sense for all the tragedies that befall the innocent, but I can only report what I’ve been given to report and draw the obvious conclusions that can be extracted from them.
Jag insists on torturing me about my “theft” He said:
Well, I'll grant you this. You did, indeed, rationalize your theft. "Making the books come out right" in no way changes that fact - you didn't pay a charge that you knew darn well should have been there, and you use that as a tool to preach about the wonders of prophetic christianity, never seeing the hypocrisy of your position.
The Bible calls Satan the great accuser.
Jag accuses me of being a thief for having received a blessing and a gift. He dismisses out of hand the admittedly unbelievable circumstances of not only how I acquired the gas but how it all came to my attention. If I must defend myself from this slander I guess I must. For the first tank of gas I filled a nearly empty tank in a Toyota pickup. I have absolutely no idea how much gas. It could have been eight to fifteen gallons. I don’t even know the size of the tank. I don’t know what the charge was. I didn’t take a receipt, I never do. When we first looked at the charge online the station information was there, the time was correct and the charge was one dollar. Of course I knew that had to be incorrect, and I didn’t make a habit of checking charges online and maybe the full charge was going to come up later.
My daughter was going out of her way to honor my request and showing an admirable amount of concern that she pay the full amount and it was really a kick to be able to say to her: “Ok, give me a dollar” That is hysterically cool! She wasn’t satisfied and asked me a couple of days later, then and only then did I discover that not only did the one dollar disappear but the additional tank in my fifteen gallon mustang tank was also not on the bill.
Jag. How much gas did I put in my mustang and what should the charge have been if the needle was just half way between a quarter and empty? What was the price at the pump? Do you remember my saying I never take a receipt? I never look at the charge and I wouldn’t remember it if I did. What exactly would an atheist do in this situation? What would Jag do?
I’ll tell you what I did. I accepted it for the wonder it was absolutely guilt free. Do I think anybody got cheated? No I don’t. Did I perpetrate a theft? You need to think I did don’t you?
Here is something else. I never have even since looked to make sure that every charge I have put on that card has been registered correctly, though I amused myself with the imagination for a moment. Do you know why I never checked subsequent charges? It is because that incident was so perfectly orchestrated that I just knew the whole affair had run its course. My daughter and I got the message, and it was a one time thing.
I wish I could answer all your concerns. Like what about the starving in Africa whatever. I am grateful that you have read my accounts of the supernatural and I appreciate your responses. If I utterly failed in not running down the lost gas charges in my need to imagine my Christian God rewarding my daughter for cleaning her truck, then I guess I’m a hard case. God have mercy on me.
Someone, maybe dumpster said that I had put up my best stories first. Not really, just the most current.
I know I haven’t answered all but please be patient, I’ll try to keep up
Thanks again for reading.
You are not going to believe this, I have another Gas leak story! I really do! But I’ll wait until I respond to those that have read my http://tinyurl.com/MercuryMontclair
Story lest I get even further behind.
I am so grateful for your input, and please forgive me if I failed to answer your concerns.