Chance or God?

It can't be both. Which one is it?

Comments (9)

(9) Dave, April 8, 2010 6:27 PM

You are wrong

Of course, there's Divine providence but the way you make it out there is no free will. The true answer from many boos in Jewish literature kis that it is a little bit of both. G-d sometimes lets things happen even if He did not originally want things the way it turned out. For example, was 9/11 directed by G-d? Of course not but He def. let it happen and did not protect us for reasons only He knows. Choice was done by al Qaeda. The Providence was not stopping it. Indeed, a little bit of both.

(8) Paul, April 8, 2010 5:42 PM

Beautifully said

Beautifully said Lori

(7) Anonymous, April 8, 2010 12:03 PM

Soooo clear!

Thank you, Lori ,for your excellent work! You keep bringing enlightment into our lives. May the Almighty always bless you and your dear ones!

(6) Baruch, April 8, 2010 3:18 AM

"Both" is not necessarily theologically incorrect

Just because HaShem CAN micromanage the universe, doesn't mean that He does so at every level at every moment. Whie it certainly is NOT correct to speak of randomness and such, HaShem can choose to withdraw His direct intervention to any extent that He deems appropriate.

(5) mark shane, April 7, 2010 10:10 PM

The King of Kings is still the King

!00% Lori- there is NO free will and no such thing as chance...only our egos cannot accept that and when life's situations bring us to this conclusion we begin to live a life of faith. Chance, choice, happenstance are the fallback of the mind that refuses to see; that is until death is at the front door knocking for one.

(4) Anonymous, April 7, 2010 8:59 PM

Lori, Todah rabah!!!!

Funny, my favorite child memory is on Pesach, too, aside from the Seders at Bubbye and Zedye's with 'all' our family and using our best dishes and silverware, it was just my Dad, eating and drinking breakfast with me, the schmaltze fried matzoh and Manischewitz !!!! Baruch HASHEM!!!

(3) Anonymous, April 7, 2010 4:19 PM

God is the conductor

When we were being formed in the womb, it wasn't luck. God orchestrated us to have a head, a brain in that head, it wasn't just by chance that we have hands and feet, God placed a soul which everyone has concerting into one form, a body. We are awesomely and wonderfully made. When we are being formed there is order going on in the secret place. No one has anything to do with us being formed, except the mother eats, and that nourishes us. It's a wonder, a mystery how we grow into a human being. It's totally a God thing. God is in control when we are being formed, and it continues when we enter the world, when we leave this world and all the things inbetween to return to our Creator. We are the notes, each of us, in making beautiful music unto the Lord.

(2) SusanE, March 25, 2010 4:57 AM

There is No Good Luck and No Bad Luck.

Lori, that was a hard lesson for me to learn many years ago. There is no luck in the world. There is purpose, and pattern, and and a defining reason behind our everyday circumstances . I can't explain to you specifically why things happen but I know it isn't simply by chance. Things happen in all our lives that sometimes seem too good to be true. Events unfold that are so coincidental on so many occassions that we must know they are being staged and directed for our benefit. Luck has nothing to do with it. ----------------- When I studied with the Jehovah Witnesses, they didn't acknowledge luck. The words Good Luck weren't used. They know also, that all things are planned and are from G-d. Thanks for the affirmation. You can't have it both ways.

(1) Iris Moskovitz, March 24, 2010 3:26 PM

Never have words been spoken more true.

I am constantly seeing the hand of Hashem's guidance in all aspects of my life. If I would not have experienced certain moments of challenge, than I would not fully appreciate the times that seem to run ever so smoothly.


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