Nothing is left up to chance or fate. The two ideas have in common being First Causes. There are non religious people here as well. None of us are exceptions to this rule. And then a well meaning friend or family member comes along and drops the infamous “Everything happens for a reason” bomb. Sometimes it is joyful. Ten Shitty Feelings And How To Manage Them. As I’ve said before when tackling tough questions and concerns we must be ever so careful not to tread where angels fear to tread, not to let our own pride lead us into the missteps of Job and his friends! A peace that I don’t understand Yet flows through all of me I know it’s no coincidence You promised it would be. They say, very very remote. 14 Traits Found in Highly Religious People, Research Suggests That Synchronicities Can Aid Psychotherapy, A New Personality Test Also Gauges Mental Health, Psychology Today © 2020 Sussex Publishers, LLC. God’s plan was never for pain to be part of the human experience. You smile kindly and nod—that’s all you can do to keep yourself from punching them in the face. “All mystical experience is coincidence; and vice versa, of course.” “Coincidence is a messenger sent by […] I used to get so mad when people would say, “You can find good in every situation.” That’s just not true. We assume that life is supposed to be easy and when things don’t go our way, we feel like we have been wronged. This is a long way of saying that coincidences are mostly random. Respect is not in their domain. Source: The moon has coincidentally occluded light from the sun.Original image by Luc Viatour. Do you believe that things happen for a reason. What we do with our hurt is what matters. The people you have in your life happens to be in your life according to your lifestyle. His power is most strongly felt not in creating the massive crystal chandelier of our existence or even suspending it, but in restoring it when we or others have shattered it into a million pieces. Yes, you can learn from suffering. I have always thought in one Universe all things in some way must be connected. Whatever it was, it was never a coincidence. Consequently, accepting the randomness and injustice of life is part of accepting God. Hence, I don't trust Christian counseling or Christian counselors. I am religious, but I don't believe in your god. so I guess you are a fan of the multiverse explanation. Teach them that you stand with Job, who said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” (Job 13:15.) If you think you had something to do with it, you are deluding yourself. The human experience became painful when sin entered the world. We all suffer. I am Jewish. This web site is about psychology, not theology. Please tell me about your experience of Jews preaching. Randomness says you have nothing to do with creating coincidences—stuff just happens because we live in a random universe. Surely, to believe that coincidences are similarities suggests escape? The appearance of blindness symbols is as far as you have told me, neutral. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction” —Albert Einstein. Sometimes bad things happen for no reason other than we are human beings having a human experience. What if you gave up to your tiredness and never went to the event that leads you to meet the people you know today? – Unknown. When people tell you that you have some important lesson to learn from your suffering, politely tell them, “No, I have something important to teach.” Teach people, through your grace and dignity in suffering, what it means to endure. Here’s what I’ve come to know about God’s will: God’s plan is never for someone to have cancer. This was a very interesting read on coincidence. We all experience pain, heartache and loss. You take a decision to reach a certain goal, only to find out that this decision carries something completely different for you. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I had been busy at work. Love others. God’s will is for us to use our painful life events to carry his message of hope, grace, forgiveness and mercy. But, awareness of the world is always a tiny channel. Randomness says you have nothing to do with creating coincidences—stuff just happens because we live in a random universe. How we handle tragedy is what brings purpose into our pain. October 20, 2016 By Robert Tew Leave a Comment. Example, my mother now deceased, never used the phrase, " carrying coal to Newport" ". God’s will is not an event that happens to us, it’s how we respond to what happens. Hardly. Teach them what it means to persevere. If someone can calculate the probabilities of what I just mentioned I would love to know the figures. Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press, http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/287556.pdf?_=1467871200343. While Islamic terrorists may claim beheading Christians is “willed by Allah,” we Christians do not believe God wills such atrocities. Panpsychism isn't new, probably beyond being proven, metaphysics, but it is in principle a good theory. Thanks for your comment! Their faith in something Greater provides them with a cause. God is not responsible for our pain. ‘Love what you do’ or ‘Do what you love’? That I am involved to the extent that I have to make some changes in my life to love more, love deeper, connect with my loved ones more often and do the things that my niece inspired me to do through some of her generous actions in her life . People bring up God. Every little detail creates an event. I’m sure this is all part of the early grieving process as this just happened 3 weeks ago. Don’t be scared to open a new one.

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