Not true. Coincidences happen as you have described that have no connection to supernatural intervention.
What are the distinguishing characteristics of a coincidence that happens without the interference of a deity versus one with the intervention of a deity? Is it simply whether or not it fits with your personal opinion of what God might or might not do? That would be rather arbitrary if it were the case, and anyone with a belief in any sort of God is capable of saying the exact same thing about their coincidences.
They happen to everybody, including me, and one thing I will admit here is that because of the unusual frequency that supernatural things happen to me there will be cases that I will likely misinterpret one or more with meaning that absolutely is not related.
A supernatural event is something that could not be explained in any other way except with the intervention of God. I am not going out on a limb at all here by saying no, nothing like that has ever happened to you.
And without interviewing millions of people, how do you know that 'supernatural' (uncommon) things happen to you more than they happen to other people? You're just asserting it as if you have some sort of evidence when you know full well that you don't. I could assert that twice as many uncommon things happen to me than happen to you, and what are you going to say about it? No they don't? And I'll say, yes they do, and won't that be a fun, childish exchange. You can't get away with saying stupid stuff like this on this board. It doesn't fly. You have to back up what you say.
I'm not afraid to be wrong about them either, I just laugh at myself.
We're laughing right along
with you. You're wrong about all of them. Sorry. You're just naive, gullible and incredibly credulous.
I was on my way to disassociate and degrade any connection with my old story, but then the fuel pump gas leak, for me, prevented it. For you it meant absolutely nothing. Not worth mentioning. Perfectly normal. Happens ever moment of every day.
You keep going back to that story (which I painfully read through) but I'd like to point something out to you and it has to do with the word 'gas' that you seem so hung up on. The term 'gas', as used in a car is actually short for 'gasoline'. It's a petroleum derived liquid that is useful in internal combustion engines. A 'gas leak' in a movie theater is not the same 'gas' as you use in your car. Natural gas is mostly methane, carbon dioxide, etc. And the 'gas' that was used by the guy in the Batman movie was another completely different thing that's actually known as tear gas (chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile). You somehow have taken the word 'gas' and the many ways it's used in the English language and thought 'huh, look at those three instances where 'gas' was involved' and treated it as if it's something special. That is such an idiotic thing to do. Just because the words gasoline, methane, and chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile are shortened or renamed in the English language to the word 'gas', that doesn't mean anything. Try retelling your little story using the proper words for those 3 completely different substances and see if it still feels like it's more than a coincidence. Try saying the killer in the movie theater released chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile, that your fuel pump was leaking a petroleum based fluid, and that that a pipe in the movie theater was venting dangerous amounts of methane and relating them then. It's ridiculous. It's beyond that actually. It's borderline mentally retarded. There is no connection, and the very notion that you were responsible for the gas leak (in the letter you sent to the PD) had me laughing out loud.
Have you seen the first Batman movie since then? Has Dana? It's pretty good and I didn't kill anyone after I saw it. Nor did anyone I know. Go figure. You should rent it and see if it drives you to go on a killing spree. I think it more likely you'd just shrug and move on with your day when it was over.
The bible says that God is the rewarder of those that diligently seek him and I attribute the higher than average frequency that things happen to me to my seeking.
You're just asserting stupid stuff here Wayne. I could easily say that I get 10 times more things I seek than you do.
Under this standard it is understandable that those who don't seek god will experience the supernatural less, if at all.
Prove that something supernatural happened to you Wayne. Because until you can, not one supernatural thing has ever happened to you. Uncommon things happen to everyone. In an 80 year lifespan, uncommon things are going to happen to everyone. To put that into perspective, that's 42 million or so minutes, which means that if something only has a 1 in a million chance of happening, its likely to happen 42 times in your life. Until you can prove that something was supernatural, then it's nothing more than your credulity.
Your atheist preconception that requires you to dismiss all accounts of the supernatural leaves you with exactly no ability to recognise it if it did occur.
Actually, that's completely wrong. Only a rock solid appreciation for the natural world allows someone to distinguish whether or not something was supernatural. If you don't understand, or are ignorant of the natural world, then you might find yourself seeing many natural things as supernatural things. It is a lack of understanding of the natural world (ignorance) that leaves you with the limited ability to discern the natural from the supernatural.
And I am also going to say that you, starting with your belief in a God that somehow has chosen you above others, makes your mind more receptive to the things that confirm, rather than discredit your position. So you see lots of things as supernatural when they are, after all, not supernatural at all. It's called confirmation bias, and you reek of it.
(I teach seven year olds).
The scariest thing you've said so far, bar none, is this.
The banned prayer read something like this: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country,” until you selfish and rude people came in and said: "we don't like god and we are offended that you pray". We want you to stop!" I'm certain He's not happy, or we wouldn't be talking would we.
Actually, whether or not God is real, we'd still be talking Wayne. Whether God exists, or whether you erroneously believe God exists, we'd still be talking. All it takes is the belief. Just like the people who believe in other gods that you don't think are real have come here and spoken to us. You don't know it, but your God is as real as theirs is. Funny thing is, they didn't know their gods were fake either.
But let me ask you something... Can kids pray in school? Can teachers pray in school? Are bibles allowed in school? Yes to all 3 Wayne. Yes to all 3. But noooo, you don't see those things, do you. You only see that school mandated prayer was taken away and you get your pants all in a bunch. You can't force your religious nonsense on everyone and that's got you mad. Well get used to it. Your kind has been torturing, maiming, and killing people who don't believe your fairy tale for a few thousand years now and we're done taking your shit.
And you didn't answer his question. You dodged it. You worship a God that stands by and does nothing when children die. Imagine it Wayne. God is watching as the mad man goes rampaging through the school and does nothing while kid after kid is shot down. He stands by with folded arms as blood splatters on the floor. He doesn't help. Doesn't lift a finger. Doesn't bother to jam the trigger mechanism after the first few kids go down. Nooo, he wants more kids dead because OTHER PEOPLE decided that religion in schools should not be mandated (which is absolutely, 100% constitutionally correct BTW). What sort of God is that Wayne? Seriously, that's fucked up. You worship that God and you feel good about it? What is wrong with you? Why would anyone want to worship that? If God can make gas leak in a movie theater due to your indecisive nature, the least he could do is jam a trigger mechanism in an automatic weapon. You don't think anyone in that building was praying for that?
If God is as unhappy as you say he is, why does he not take it out on the people who made him angry? Why take it out on the kids? Why send a completely ambiguous message that nobody except a few whack jobs like yourself can see? The event will do nothing to get prayer back in school. Your position doesn't make any sense at all. It's such a stupid thought. You're just not an intelligent person if you think this way. You're just not.