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Or do you think that for there to be a miracle, a disaster must occur to balance it out- or something of the sort, if you do?
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No i don't think so
I think that people that belive in that stuff start to depend on luck way to much and eventually fall pretty hard
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i think that just being alive could be considered a miracle in fact miracles are all around us like our family, our friends, nature, education, and the love that we feel. Life is a gift and i consider it a miracle.
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I believe in luck, but don't count on it. So with that I do believe in miracles though I think that people shouldn't rely on them.
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Yes. For instance, the Miracle of the Sun. Or if you meant personally, like winning the lottery, I believe that too may be important. For instance, say you have the same probability of getting struck by lightning as winning the lottery. The point is, you are the one to have won the lottery, and didn't get struck by lightning. That is where the luck, miracle, answered prayer, etc., come in.
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not at all. i don't see it happening to anyone else, and it never happens to me. i know it's supposed to be a rare thing, but still. however, i do believe in luck.
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Anything is possible. I mean take something like the infinite monkey theorem. If a chimp hitting keys at random on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type the complete works of William Shakespeare.
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volcan_98 wrote:

Anything is possible. I mean take something like the infinite monkey theorem. If a chimp hitting keys at random on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type the complete works of William Shakespeare.


They once tried this with a chimp; he typed one letter the entire time.
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I think the word "miracle" itself is incredibly subjective. What is miraculous to humans, might not be miraculous to a third party observer.


For e.g., a person gets shot by a bullet in the head and lives... most people would call that a miracle, but to me, that's just the human body thriving to survive and the result of billions of years of evolution... nothing more and nothing less.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

I think the word "miracle" itself is incredibly subjective. What is miraculous to humans, might not be miraculous to a third party observer.



Wow... You really overthought this point. Of course, the converse is true as well.
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Depends on the definition. I found two from merriam webster
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle
1: An unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God.
2: A very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement.

On the first one, that's just a question of believing in God or not. For the second one, that's as simple as someone winning the lottery. Which between all the lotteries in the world easily happens at least once a day.
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Gettnlag wrote:

I believe in luck, but don't count on it. So with that I do believe in miracles though I think that people shouldn't rely on them.


I think that's a great way to think of it. Here's my take on all this. I'll address these in order.

Luck - So far as I can tell, luck doesn't really exist. Now, I use the term luck in my own life to mean a series of events in which I had no real agency and that I don't really understand how they happened. But ACTUAL luck, that being something completely random, does not exist. It just doesn't. But that ties into my beliefs in ...

Miracles - I bear personal witness to a significant number of actual miracles. By miracles I mean things that simply cannot happen in the natural sense. It just isn't possible. Most of the things that are called miracles nowadays are not really miracles which cheapens the term. People will use the term "miracle" for pregnancy and birth or the dawn of a new day, both of which are pretty amazing but not miracles. I have personally witnessed miraculous healings and providence that simply cannot be explained any other way. Even more stories exist with each member of my family bearing witness to a miracle.

Miracles are very rare. Relying on miracles too much - such as treating a miracle as magic, that being something where you perform an action and get a result - is simply no good. This leaves me with a pretty simple answer: live life and make choices. Pray to the god(s) of your understanding, if you will, and hope for the best.
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volcan_98 wrote:

Anything is possible. I mean take something like the infinite monkey theorem. If a chimp hitting keys at random on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type the complete works of William Shakespeare.
The infinite monkey theorem is false. This is because each time the monkey presses a key, it resets the probability that the next key pressed will be the correct one. That's the nature of randomness. So even given an infinite amount of time, the likelihood that all keys pressed in succession happen to approach the works of Shakespeare, the more infinitely improbable the monkey will reach the last key without error.

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JustineKo2 wrote:


volcan_98 wrote:

Anything is possible. I mean take something like the infinite monkey theorem. If a chimp hitting keys at random on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type the complete works of William Shakespeare.
The infinite monkey theorem is false. This is because each time the monkey presses a key, it resets the probability that the next key pressed will be the correct one. That's the nature of randomness. So even given an infinite amount of time, the likelihood that all keys pressed in succession happen to approach the works of Shakespeare, the more infinitely improbable the monkey will reach the last key without error.



I chose a bad example, but I was trying to say that anything is possible.
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If it can be explained by science, it doesn't count.
But the picture of Jesus on toast is uncanny!
How did they do that?
Magic.
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