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Old 04-16-2002, 11:32 AM   #31
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80s, and this is the last time I will respond to this so if it makes you feel better you can have the last word:

I have too experienced near misses with death, in fact more than once. A car that I was driving spinning out of control at 140 kph for a distance of half a km finally coming to rest immediately parallel up against a concrete guardrail, barely touching it. Did I believe that God's spirit reached out and stopped my car? No. Did I get out of my car and get down on my knees and thank God that I was still alive? You'd better believe it!

It has been easy to get to know you over a short time 80s. You are easily one of the more prolific posters, at least on Free Your Mind, and by and large I have enjoyed alot of your thoughts. I just think you should avoid the frustration that seems clearly evident when people don't necessarily believe as you do.

Again, just my opinion...maybe the real case is that people aren't necessarily deliberately attacking your faith, they are just posting their opinions, just as you do?

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80s, and this is the last time I will respond to this so if it makes you feel better you can have the last word:

I have too experienced near misses with death, in fact more than once. A car that I was driving spinning out of control at 140 kph for a distance of half a km finally coming to rest immediately parallel up against a concrete guardrail, barely touching it. Did I believe that God's spirit reached out and stopped my car? No. Did I get out of my car and get down on my knees and thank God that I was still alive? You'd better believe it!
I dion't care if it's the last word or not. feel free to respond; in fact, I sure wish you would, because I would like you to respond to the following:

Your situation was totally different than mine, although I believe your situation might just be a miracle, also. Here's the difference...my situation doesn't involving actually having the accident and somehow surviving miraculously. I received DIRECT instruction to stop the car even though there was no one else in the car, and even though it appeared that everything was proceeding as usual. How do you not see a miracle in that?
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I didn't "deserve" those miracles anymore than your sister. In fact, I have three times in my life where I would have asked for a miracle but didn't get them. Would you like to hear them?
My brother was also killed in a car wreck. At the age of 31. He had a wife and two young children. But I'm not angry at God for that. I know that God did not cause that accident.
Less than a year later, my son died, 8 hours after birth. But I'm not angry at god for that.
3 years later, my father died (4 years after the miracle). But I am not angry at God for that.
Why are you angry at God because he gives some people miracles? When I hear about other people who have been miraculously saved in a car accident, I don't curse God for saving them but not my brother. I rejoice, and praise God for saving someone's life.
Just as I rejoiced when God saved my dad and when he whispered in my ear to stop at the light.

So it's god's work when something god happens, but he's not involved when bad things happens? That's just silly. You're picking and choosing when he's involved and when he's not, to suit your beliefs.

Riddle me this, why did he save you and not your brother? No need to answer, it's a stupid question, without an answer. I just think the whole 'god saved' me stuff it complete nonsense.

I was driving home drunk one night, and someone ran a red light and missed me by a few feet. I'm still here, and my sister is not. If anyone deserved to buy it, it was me, not her. God? - I think not.

Make your argument that God is the creator and that man is the one fucking things up, but don't give me that 'God is watching' bullshit.
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Well, 80s, I can give you the answer, but you will find a way to take offense to it, this much I do know about you already.

Another time I almost died was when a 78 Caprice Classic boat of a car broadsided me when I was 19, driving a pop can tin import. At the last second I saw headlights, and something inside me told me to jump over the gear shift (I wasnt wearing a seat belt, why I still cant explain) to the passengers side. The whole left side of the car was crushed into the gear box, and my legs were trapped on the driver's side but my body was safe on the other side. I pulled my legs free, kicked out the back window and dragged myself out of my burning car (which would later explode) onto the ground. When the police arrived they asked where the driver was, and I raised my hand. He didn't believe me until a witness said it was me, that's how mangled the car was. I had not a scratch except for where breaking the window had scraped my shins, and I walked away and went home. The next morning I tried to walk and fell and couldn't walk again for 2 months. Do I think God whispered in my ear, telling me to move across the car? I'd like to think it was a little bit of last second survival instinct. Did God strengthen my legs to get me home that night? Maybe, but there is a little thing called adrenaline that works wonders sometimes too.

You heard something tell you that you should stop your car. You heard something tell you that the right thing to do was pray to God, which by the way, is of course the right thing to do in a situation like that. Your opinion is that God spoke to you. My opinion is that God didn't speak to you. You may have heard a voice, but I doubt it was God. There are people that you can discuss voices in your head with though...JOKE!!! :P

I'm curious to know, however, does God also speak to you at times when you aren't facing a life or death crisis? Has he given you his thoughts on the whole Israeli/Palestinian thing? I mean, typically alot of the times we read in the bible where God actually spoke to a human being were usually in dreams, with alot of prophecy and commandments being the main topics..and that's the type of conversations with God that I believe in.

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(1)So it's god's work when something god happens, but he's not involved when bad things happens? That's just silly. You're picking and choosing when he's involved and when he's not, to suit your beliefs.
I was driving home drunk one night, and someone ran a red light and missed me by a few feet. I'm still here, and my sister is not. If anyone deserved to buy it, it was me, not her. God? - I think not.
(2)Make your argument that God is the creator and that man is the one fucking things up, but don't give me that 'God is watching' bullshit.
I'll answer by number:

(1)Yes, when something good happens, it is often God interceding. However, when something bad happens, it cannot be blamed on God. God does good. Devil does bad. And sometimes bad things happen to good people. Man has free will and often does bad, also. But God does never do bad. He often allows bad things to happen, but he doesn't cause them. As simple as that sounds, it's the truth. And it's not "picking and choosing" to suit my beliefs - it's in the Bible.

(2)God is not only watching, but he takes an active role in our lives, if you'll let him. He often does it whether we let him or not. Yes, man does screw things up, because we have free will. But God does often pull our fat out of the fryer, whether we deserve it or not.

Some things do happen by chance. But not all things. I don't know why your sister died in a car accident. I don't know why my brother did. Perhaps there was no reason for eaither of those deaths. Surely, if you felt as bad as I did (which I am sure you did), it devastated you. But I am as sure as a man can be (without actually getting a verbal answer from God) that God caused the accident of neither my brother nor your sister.
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Well, 80s, I can give you the answer, but you will find a way to take offense to it, this much I do know about you already.

Another time I almost died was when a 78 Caprice Classic boat of a car broadsided me when I was 19, driving a pop can tin import. At the last second I saw headlights, and something inside me told me to jump over the gear shift (I wasnt wearing a seat belt, why I still cant explain) to the passengers side. The whole left side of the car was crushed into the gear box, and my legs were trapped on the driver's side but my body was safe on the other side. I pulled my legs free, kicked out the back window and dragged myself out of my burning car (which would later explode) onto the ground. When the police arrived they asked where the driver was, and I raised my hand. He didn't believe me until a witness said it was me, that's how mangled the car was. I had not a scratch except for where breaking the window had scraped my shins, and I walked away and went home. The next morning I tried to walk and fell and couldn't walk again for 2 months. Do I think God whispered in my ear, telling me to move across the car? I'd like to think it was a little bit of last second survival instinct. Did God strengthen my legs to get me home that night? Maybe, but there is a little thing called adrenaline that works wonders sometimes too.

You heard something tell you that you should stop your car. You heard something tell you that the right thing to do was pray to God, which by the way, is of course the right thing to do in a situation like that. Your opinion is that God spoke to you. My opinion is that God didn't speak to you. You may have heard a voice, but I doubt it was God. There are people that you can discuss voices in your head with though...JOKE!!! :P

I'm curious to know, however, does God also speak to you at times when you aren't facing a life or death crisis? Has he given you his thoughts on the whole Israeli/Palestinian thing? I mean, typically alot of the times we read in the bible where God actually spoke to a human being were usually in dreams, with alot of prophecy and commandments being the main topics..and that's the type of conversations with God that I believe in.
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Gabriel, I don't take offense at what you wrote. But that accident you describe is STILL nothing like mine. You said you saw headlights and something told you to jump over the gear shift. That may have been a miracle, I don't know. But there is still a big difference in our situations. If you wanted to make the case that your situation was not a miracle, that would be more plausible, because you said something told you to jump over the gearshift AFTER you saw the headlights. The headlights told you "danger!", so the something that told you to jump may have well been a natural instinct to survive (or it may have well been God). But in my situation, there was no indicator that anything was wrong whatsoever, so that can not be boiled down to survival instinct. As I relayed in my "miracle" story, I didn't get this message just once. It argued with my mind, which based on what my eyes were seeing, was telling me everything was okay. This happened over the span of anywhere from 5 to 15 seconds. This was not a split second thing. One of the main points that makes it such an odd occurrence and miraculous is taht I was receiving strong instruction that was completely contrary with what I could see happening with mine own eyes, but after obeying the instruction, I saw that if I had not obeyed , I would be dead.
And yes, I believe God has given me dreams before. Not often, but yes he has spoken to me in thet way before.
Look, I'm not saying that God constantly interacts in my life in these ways all the time. All I'm telling you is that they did happen. You can not say they were not miracles because you were not there. Oh but I forgot, you know everything about me, based on the posts you read of mine for an hour straight.
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Keep us posted on the next time God speaks to you, I'd love to hear whats on His mind recently. Are you some sort of prophet or something? What a rare privilege. If I were you, I wouldnt be wasting my time on an internet bulletin board, I'd be forming my own church, what with my direct line to God and all...

Gabriel, 80sU2 kind of has a point about being tolerant about what others believe. Your sarcastic comment above comes across as mainly just being mean. I'd recommend you listen to some of your own advice, and not get too worked up about this. Clearly you believe in God. It may be your opinion that in this instance he didn't involve himself in any way with 80sU2. Ok. That's fair. 80sU2 believes otherwise. If you really felt a need to disagree with him about this, I think you could have expressed your opinion in a much less abrasive way.
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On the issue of God with "good" and "bad" circumstances:

I think we often believe that God simply is here to please us, and, honestly, I wish it were true as well. However, "bad" is just as much a part of the growth of human experience as "goodness."

For instance, I was depressed for well over 10 years of my life (and still dealing somewhat with it). Seeing that I'm only 21, I do feel somewhat that my youth was totally robbed from me. However, what I learned during those 10 years I have found invaluable; things I can guarantee I'd never have learned unless I had been depressed.

Certainly, I often wish my life had been "perfect," but when faced with hard situations, you often learn something that you would never have learned otherwise. Unfortunately, we've learned some especially harsh lessons in the last century.

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you have to realise that if God did exist then God would be in control of everything, good and evil. after all, God made the devil, the epitome of all evil.
even if you believe in God, you don't have to love God, just like you don't have to follow your leader. God would be just another entity, that you could choose to love/hate depending on your feelings towards God.
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Just for the interest of other more reasonable people, there have been numerous studies that have shown that most "encounters" with God are completely explainable psychological phenomena.

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Whatever, look, its all good to take me to task for being intolerant, but its one of THE ULTIMATE FORMS OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE as far as Im concerned to denounce someone and call them a false Christian or not up to par, just because they don't see God the same way you do.

That is what 80s has been doing since I opened my mouth and if your little circle doenst see it (dont worry, Ive read how a few of you immaturely and self-servingly thank each other for 'getting my back') I really could care less.

The difference between the way I believe and the way he believes is that I believe that he can believe whatever he wants, and as long as he keeps the two greatest commands that Jesus gave us, he'll be OK in God's eyes, even if he is wrong about the doctrines he so strictly followed. He, on the other hand, believes that unless I believe as he does, I am a false Christian who will not be saved.

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and if your little circle doenst see it (dont worry, Ive read how a few of you immaturely and self-servingly thank each other for 'getting my back') I really could care less.
Look! Gabriel has figured us out! Yes, we have a "little circle," The Cult of 80sU2IsBest, or, as some call us, "Nine Bastards Dressed In Black." We basically go around spreading The Gospel According to 80sU2IsBest and then "get each others' backs" for it and return thanks. Wanna join?

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Keep us posted on the next time God speaks to you, I'd love to hear whats on His mind recently. Are you some sort of prophet or something? What a rare privilege. If I were you, I wouldnt be wasting my time on an internet bulletin board, I'd be forming my own church, what with my direct line to God and all...

Just for the interest of other more reasonable people, there have been numerous studies that have shown that most "encounters" with God are completely explainable psychological phenomena.

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Keep us posted on the next time God speaks to you, I'd love to hear whats on His mind recently. Are you some sort of prophet or something? What a rare privilege. If I were you, I wouldnt be wasting my time on an internet bulletin board, I'd be forming my own church, what with my direct line to God and all...
Just for the interest of other more reasonable people, there have been numerous studies that have shown that most "encounters" with God are completely explainable psychological phenomena.
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If you truly believe in God, why do you limit his powers, by saying he doesn't perform this miracle or he doesn't perform that miracle?
That is so funny that you accuse me of being intolerant of others' beliefs, but you say things like this, that obviously show that you have no tolerance for my belief in miracles.

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