Funny “Coincidence”…

I can’t believe I didn’t hear this earlier. For those of you who will eternally be in conversation with me about the topic, and you know who you are, this is pretty amusing. This is from the movie “Signs”.

Graham Hess: People break down into two groups when they experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I’m sure the people in Group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation isn’t fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they’re on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there’s a whole lot of people in the Group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they’re looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever’s going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?

Merrill: One time, I was at this party… and I was sitting on the couch with Amanda McKinney. She was just sitting there, looking beautiful. So, I lean in to kiss her, and I realize I have gum in my mouth. So, I turn to spit it out and put it in a paper cup. I turn back, and Amanda McKinney throws up all over herself. I knew the moment it happened, it was a miracle. I could have been kissing her when she threw up. It would have scarred me for life. I may never have recovered.

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5 thoughts on “Funny “Coincidence”…

  1. All this post did was make me realize that when people tell me deep and important thoughts, I start telling some random story about myself.

  2. Let’s go with Merrill’s logic. If she had thrown up while he was kissing her, would it have proven that there was no God taking care of him? If so, then it disproves his theory that someone’s taking care of him. If not, then his theory is illogical. The problem with group number one is that there are no controls for their belief. When good things happen, they attribute it to God. When bad things happen they have to come up with something else. In the end it’s simply a feeling.

    Bad things happen all the time. When they do, group number one has to figure out why God makes terrible things to happen since he’s so busy orchestrating all human interactions and consequences (e.g. why would God make this gunman shoot that mother and child in a Mumbai hotel?). Group one resorts to something like “it’ll all work out in the end.” But logically, they can no longer say “someone’s protecting me/him/us” because eventually they’re going to get thrown up on and their logic will no longer apply.

  3. Just to be clear, I wasn’t asserting any position in posting this. It was funny break-down for me, especially the throwing up part.

    So, here is my question…

    At what point do we attribute happenings/signs/miracles to God?

  4. Sounds about right.

    Undisclosed is my middle name, and danger.

    I think there are extreme examples of God’s intervention (mainly because the extreme ones are more apparent), i.e. modern miracles unexplained by science, but for the better part, much of what we interpret as specific happenings/signs/miracles is subjectively based on our own faith and belief systems.

    I don’t know if religious cynicism is a good thing though. Is it wrong to be excessively trusting? You obviously do not want to come across as ignorant, but at the same time you do not want to diminish the power of God to the understanding of men.

    It’s definitely an interesting quagmire…(funny word)

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