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Do you believe in coincidence?


Asked by IhartU at 6:39 PM on May. 29, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • Some of those coincidences listed in the article are really amazing!

    As far as "believing in coincidences". . . I believe that they happen, and can be really strange, but I do think they are random--not anything planned by some supernatural being to give us a "wake-up call". 


    Answer by jsbenkert at 6:06 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • I don't think that coincidences are something you "believe in", they just happen. The universe is a weird and random place.

    Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 7:14 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • No, no I don't. I believe what we perceive as "coincidence" is G-d giving us a little nudge to wake up.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 7:15 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • Yes. However, I also believe in some things happening for a reason.

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 10:30 AM on May. 30, 2011

  • Absolutely. Shit happens, there is generally no rhyme or reason.

    On the flip side, there are a lot of 'coincidental' moments which are simply cause meeting effect. EVERY action we make, has an equal reaction. There are a lot of those instances which appear coincidental, that if we were to follow the chin of events we would find, were in fact cause (on some level) by our own actions... Not completely random.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 4:39 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • No such thing as coincidence. Everything happens for a reason

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 7:11 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • I think coincidence is often God's way of making himself known in our lives


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:13 AM on May. 30, 2011

  • Maybe. I do think some things are just small coincidences. There's also a concept of synchronicity in Jungian psychology, Buddhism, and Taoism. It's similar to coincidence, but really explains away coincidence. It's about cause and effect, when something that appears to be a coincidence really has some underlying connection. I know some would argue that this is also just coincidence. It's debatable, I'm sure. Logically, I want to say it's all just coincidence, but I've seen some of these odd 'coincidences' where things just work out for someone even though they don't even appear to be trying to make it happen (like wu wei in Taoism)--but maybe they were leaving themselves open to possibilities or opportunities and these little fortunate 'coincidences' to occur so it's really synchronicity. Maybe some things appear to be happenstance, but in some cases they were the fortunate result of many good decisions along the way.

    Answer by pam19 at 8:11 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • But---a coincidence is random. No reason for it. Nobody , nothing made it happen. it just happened.

    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:07 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • sure. if i say "man i wish i had a close parking space" and i get one, thats coincidence...but i do think there are things in this world that are more than just coincidence, call it what you want, but i dont think its necessarily God's doing.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:27 AM on May. 30, 2011

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