I am not treating Faith and Science as equals. My faith and belief in God is not based on a Scientific Experiment.<quoted text>
Then why, for the love of sanity, do you keep trying to treat them as equals? They are not interchangeable, but your arguments are based on them being on equal footing.
Science is incapable of providing answers to specific prayer requests
,My belief in God and my faith are able to and have done so. In no way,could science or a scientist be able to provide an answer to the SPECIFIC requests that I made to GOD,as there was no scientific solution to the problem I was addressing in my prayer.
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Everything you just described exemplifies what I'm saying. It is not evidence. It's emotionally charged experiences. The fact that you don't understand everything that happens around you is no reason to inject magic. Good things happen sometimes, bad things happen sometimes, it's life. Sometimes things work out...sometimes they don't. We live in a very complex system. Even if you think you lead a simple life, you're exposed to enormous amount of external factors that can affect you (both positively and negatively) on a daily basis.
I also know that I can talk myself into things. It's relatively easy... especially over an extended period of time.(e.g., "I should buy a jet ski"). If it's something you want, your mind will find ways to reinforce the belief (e.g., "I'll feel younger if I owned a jet ski") sometimes to the point of absurdity. Couple this with our ability to pattern match (something that ensured our ancestor's survival) and you have a recipe for finding "proof" that really is just coincidence (or more complicated than you can process...which quickly goes into chaos vs. complexity theories that are way out of my mental grasp).
Yes,it is true ,good things happen and bad things happen....States that in the Bible,not necessarily in those same words.
But your explanation is missing a very serious point.
First of all,I was not praying for material things,I was praying for a resolution to problems that I was encountering in my life,for which,Science could not provide an answer and neither could I.
And not for lack of trying, I tried very hard to resolve those problems,to the point,that in some instances,drove me to tears.
To sit around,waiting for time to resolve the problem ,WAS NOT the solution.
Finally,in desperation,I decided to pray to a God that I really did not believe in,with the HOPE that,if he did exist,he would respond to my prayer