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How much influence does he have?
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How much influence does he have?
I thought of something on my walk today.

So, have you ever heard a believer tell a story about saying a prayer and then someone shows up right when they needed and they equate this to God answering their prayer? ...how'd he do that? Does God have influence over certain people? Can he puppeteer us to bring blessings to others? What if I am close enough to help someone (not even knowing they are there yet) but I ignore whatever spiritual prompting that God is using to influence me to go answer someone's prayer for him? Does he have a roledex of people that he tries to urge into doing his bidding? And does he just try each person until he finds someone who'll listen?

I thought agency was important to Christians, so, I'm assuming it's a prompting and not just outright possession.

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RE: How much influence does he have?
Coincidences are often credited to god by believers. Sometimes the link is as vague as a horoscope. You can retrofit just about anything to align with your beliefs.

God's too busy helping football teams win to do other such mundane stuff.
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RE: How much influence does he have?
(August 31, 2021 at 2:22 pm)Ten Wrote: I thought of something on my walk today.

So, have you ever heard a believer tell a story about saying a prayer and then someone shows up right when they needed and they equate this to God answering their prayer? ...how'd he do that? Does God have influence over certain people? Can he puppeteer us to bring blessings to others? What if I am close enough to help someone (not even knowing they are there yet) but I ignore whatever spiritual prompting that God is using to influence me to go answer someone's prayer for him? Does he have a roledex of people that he tries to urge into doing his bidding? And does he just try each person until he finds someone who'll listen?

I thought agency was important to Christians, so, I'm assuming it's a prompting and not just outright possession.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc. Simply because someone prayed and got a hoped-for result doesn’t mean that the prayer was responsible for the outcome. Since prayer more often fails than succeeds (I’m sure plenty of people in Louisiana prayed for the recent hurricane to pass them by), the obvious conclusion is that results are what they are, irrespective of prayer.

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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RE: How much influence does he have?
To answer the Op's underlying question. Yes you.. as an atheist could be used to fulfill God's will in a believers life. Typically that's covered in Ephesians 1:11-12 or more commonly Romans 8:28
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RE: How much influence does he have?
(August 31, 2021 at 2:34 pm)tackattack Wrote: To answer the Op's underlying question. Yes you.. as an atheist could be used to fulfill God's will in a believers life. Typically that's covered in Ephesians 1:11-12 or more commonly Romans 8:28

So much for free will.

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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RE: How much influence does he have?
Quote:To answer the Op's underlying question. Yes you.. as an atheist could be used to fulfill God's will in a believers life. Typically that's covered in Ephesians 1:11-12 or more commonly Romans 8:28
Then bye-bye freewill
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RE: How much influence does he have?
(August 31, 2021 at 2:26 pm)arewethereyet Wrote: Coincidences are often credited to god by believers.  Sometimes the link is as vague as a horoscope.  You can retrofit just about anything to align with your beliefs.

God's too busy helping football teams win to do other such mundane stuff.
God doesn't care about football teams winning games.
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RE: How much influence does he have?
(August 31, 2021 at 5:06 pm)Ahriman Wrote:
(August 31, 2021 at 2:26 pm)arewethereyet Wrote: Coincidences are often credited to god by believers.  Sometimes the link is as vague as a horoscope.  You can retrofit just about anything to align with your beliefs.

God's too busy helping football teams win to do other such mundane stuff.
God doesn't care about football teams winning games.

Shut up.
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RE: How much influence does he have?
This makes me think of Jung and synchronicity.........

.... and place kickers.
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RE: How much influence does he have?
(August 31, 2021 at 5:06 pm)Ahriman Wrote:
(August 31, 2021 at 2:26 pm)arewethereyet Wrote: Coincidences are often credited to god by believers.  Sometimes the link is as vague as a horoscope.  You can retrofit just about anything to align with your beliefs.

God's too busy helping football teams win to do other such mundane stuff.
God doesn't care about football teams winning games.

You can’t possibly know that. Particular teams winning particular games may be God’s chief concern.

 Think about it - in every American football game ever played, one team or the other always wins. The odds of that happening by random chance are too infinitesimal to bear thinking about. 

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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