“Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.” ― Albert Einstein, The World as I See It
When lightning struck the Vatican two days ago, only hours after the Pope's shocking public resignation, I sent out a tweet asking if non-believers were brave enough to simply write it off as an 'insane coincidence'. The responses I received were all in the affirmative, the most humourous of which came from a dear friend and unconvincing atheist, who replied:
Yes mate, coincidence. Reckon that lightening rod would be struck by lightening more often than you think
While very amusing, this comment is also widely reflective of how atheists so readily dismiss even the most incredible of occurrences as 'merely coincidence'. Unlike the justifiable doubt surrounding things like Marian apparitions and demigods walking on water, lightning striking the Vatican on the day of the first resignation by a pope in 600 years should be given more respect, even by the most generic, stereotypical scumbag atheist.
The thing that pisses me off the most about atheists is that when the religious believe something, atheists ask if it can be proven, which it usually can not. When something can be proven, it is dismissed as meaningless coincidence. This speaks volumes to the extreme bias and shallowness of spirit with which atheists live their lives. There is no wonder. There can be no miracles. Nothing is extraordinary. Arguments against religion work in endless circles citing political wrongs and so-called ridiculous unproven beliefs.
Imagine this hypothetical scenario: On the day of the Pope's resignation lightning struck the Vatican, yet nobody managed to get a photo of it. Fortunately many witnesses were present, and they immediately took to telling everybody they knew about the coincidence they had just witnessed. Word spread and believers everywhere were left amazed at this sure sign from God. The atheists however, in the absence of proof, doubted the event calling it preposterous religious propaganda. The event, as true as it was, was destined to doubt for rest of human history.
A real event, a real coincidence, dismissed as religious propaganda. This is the state of religion vs atheism today. For thousands of years we have witnessed the incredible, the out-of-this-world, but without the technology to record it, it is to this day dismissed as bullshit. Now that we have the technology to register the incredible, it is dismissed as mere coincidence and inconsequential occurrence.
To my dear atheists, I ask you to consider the possibility probability that amazing shit does happen in this world, and has done so since before you were born (yes, the world existed before you). Consider that we do not know everything, that science exists only to prove the provable, and that there is a strong likelihood that what you see with your own eyes is not all there is.
Coincidence serves as a fundamental guide to us to make the right decisions in life, and to follow certain paths. You don't have to believe in God to believe in coincidence, you need simply believe that there is more to life than the blatantly obvious.