To John and George:
Gentlemen, I observe you have what would appear to be a boundless
tolerance to coincidence. Of course, in the 'school of life' we learn
that strange coincidences can, and do, occur - and, unless we are
particularly superstitious, we read into them nothing of great
significance. In other words, they are tolerated as things that
sometimes happen. But what if one improbable event follows hard upon
another, and another, and another...? Is it our normal practice to carry
on as though nothing were amiss?
As a Briton holidaying on a remote Caribbean island in early spring I
meet an acquaintance (now living in Australia) whom I have not seen
since my early school days. "What a remarkable coincidence!", we say,
and talk for some time of the 'good old days', and how life has 'used
us' since. On returning home I recount the event (each time with
unbridled amazement) to family and friends.
Cornering the Cheops pyramid in the autumn of the following year, I bump
into the same man. Having both said, "Well, blow me down!" (or some such
phrase expressing intense surprise) we chat for a while. I return to my
hotel somewhat thoughtfully.
My suspicions are fully aroused when, a few weeks later, the same man
joins my golf club. I deduce that these events (which at first appeared
random) have been engineered by him. But why?, I ask myself. What can
his motive be? Hitherto I had been tolerant of the supposedly chance
coincidences - but no longer!
I suggest the subject of the anecdote behaves reasonably - indeed, as we
ourselves would behave in similar circumstances.
John and George, I hope you can see the direction in which my argument
proceeds. Over the past months I have brought many remarkable scriptural
facts to the attention of this forum that combine to speak powerfully
of the reality of supernatural agency, and of divine purpose. Along
comes Richard with an identical message - this based on completely
different principles from mine. I am unable to understand why you should
quibble about the 66 books splitting 39/27. Isn't this what one would
normally expect to find when purchasing a Bible? Besides, my own
pictorial analysis of the matter reveals geometrical symmetries which
are hardly commonplace!
I'll leave it at that for now. No doubt Richard will reply to your
specific points in due course.
John W Burgeson wrote:
> >It reveals the supernatural structure of the Christian Canon by
> displaying the intrinsic geometric integration of the sixty-six books
> amongst themselves>>
> My understanding is that the "66 books" are not even = to 66 in some
> canons, such as the Jewish Scriptures, and, certainly, not the Catholic
> version of the Bible. To ascribe any "supernatural" attribute to the 66
> is, therefore, quite problematical. (I'm trying to be polite here).
> John Burgeson (Burgy)
> (science/theology, quantum mechanics, baseball, ethics,
> humor, cars, God's intervention into natural causation, etc.)
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