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Old 06-29-2008, 02:31 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Default All things happen for a reason?

Do you believe "all things happen for a reason"?

This is more directed toward the non-religious whose answer is usually predictable along the lines of "God always has a plan" or something similar to it. But, if you're a religious person who has a different view, please share!

if you do believe this, why do you?

Where does it come from and what makes it happen?

Could it be coincidence?
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Old 06-29-2008, 02:45 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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In Holland we have the saying that only a donkey (or an ass) would stumble 2x over the same stone.
So you could say that I don't believe in coincidences.
I'm more a believer that every action has a reaction, so every decision has its consequences.
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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While it's true that you could probably point out a specific cause for any event that occurs it's not like it's really part of some master plan. For example if someone gets momentarily distracted while they're driving a car and kills a pedestrian you could say that the death was due to the fact that the driver should have been paying attention and this brief moment which has probably happened to anyone who drives just happened to coincide with a pedestrian who was also not paying attention at the same time and the result was death. This sort of thing happens everyday and I don't think it makes any sense to try to invent some deeper meaning just because the consequences are so tragic. There are no hidden forces shaping events behind the scenes that gives any different meaning to anything that happens. Sometimes the most mundane and seemingly inconsequential occurrance can have enormous consequences and yet it's really just a matter of chance.
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:34 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Originally Posted by MontanaGuy
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There are no hidden forces shaping events behind the scenes that gives any different meaning to anything that happens.
True, but I also believe that control is an illusion.
The only 1 you can truly 'control' is yourself.
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:53 PM
 
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Isn't it funny that people only say that about bad things?
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:04 PM
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Location: Hot-Houston Texas
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Originally Posted by newyorkdoc View Post
Do you believe "all things happen for a reason"?

This is more directed toward the non-religious whose answer is usually predictable along the lines of "God always has a plan" or something similar to it. But, if you're a religious person who has a different view, please share!

if you do believe this, why do you?

Where does it come from and what makes it happen?

Could it be coincidence?
Yes I do believe all things happen for a reason because I believe God is in control of everything and nothing is coincidence.
Romans 8:28 " And we KNOW that God causes EVERYTHING to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them".
This promise is only for Christians and can only be claimed by those who love God and are called by Him, those whom the Holy Spirit convinces to receive Christ. We have a new mind set and we trust that God will keep this promise. I know that He always has for me.
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Socialist Republik of Amerika
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All things do happen for a reason.
We are seed sowing machines..... Everythought a seed.

Emotions determines how deep it is planted and how much nutrients are added.

Good or bad, we are the planters and the reapers.

godspeed,

freedom
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:29 PM
 
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No, I don't believe things happen for a reason. In fact, this is probably my most hated platitude of all time.
I think good things can come from bad things......and vice versa. Still, I do not believe in predestination.
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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Today, i'm planning on walking my dogs, the reason, it's good for me and dogs need exercise. While i walk my dogs, another person with another dog walks by (they had the same reason to walk their dog), both instances were planned. My dog meets another dog and fight starts (hypothetically) my dog kills another dog (extreme)....
So, for what reason did my dog kill another dog?? If everything happens for a reason , i would like to know what reason that is?

When you say "everything happens for a reason", do we believe that child with cancer has a reason to be sick and die??
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:48 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Originally Posted by ShepsMom
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My dog meets another dog and fight starts (hypothetically) my dog kills another dog (extreme)....
So, for what reason did my dog kill another dog??
A territorial dispute?
Or 1 of the dogs was rabid?
Or bred to do dogfights?
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