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Who is running destiny? I used to think of this only in a religious sense, but then, I've heard atheists say this, as well as people who don't take a deity seriously in any other way. Yet, when talking about possibilities, they solidly assert that something that is meant to be will occur. That believing in it, even if it isn't something you yourself cause to happen in another way, can make things occur. I guess what I'm asking is, if not God, then what do you believe to be the power behind the culmination of "what is meant to be"?
Vessa Vessa 41-45, F 9 Answers Nov 29, 2012 in Community

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I have no idea. I believe a way that is not of a common nature, yet is the most earthly of all religions.

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meant to be is something people say to either uplift themselves when the outcome is negative or romanticize something positive. Destiny is an idea, in reality events, occurences, or paths crossed are just a product of choices we make that sometimes put us in pleasant/unpleasant instances with the product of other peoples choices. Perhaps it is in our nature but ppl seem to have a need to believe in something bigger than us whether it be god or destiny etc. I believe we create our life by choices we make and are at times impacted by the choice of others and it is up to the individual to create a life according to their idea of happiness or what they want for themselves.

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I get that people want to feel the comfort that what happens is supposed to happen. Be that things that happen to us personally due to choices or natural disasters and birth defects. It seems we have the need to feel there is something "intentional" at work in the universe. So I'm wondering what atheists believe the source of that intent is.

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That's is ur answer. Atheists do not believe in anything bigger, in divine beings or the universe working to impact our lives. To an atheist there is nothing more that what is here and what we are. Cause and effect and nothing more. If u are trying to find something deeper in terms of bigger than us, u won't find it from an atheist.

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Some atheists still seem to have a sense of "destiny".

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I don't think it is a 'who'. It means destiny (which I don't happen to believe in).

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That's the thing....what do they see as being the catalyst or stimulus for the culmination of destiny? Some sort of law of nature or universal energy?

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I believe people who say it just mean that something feels right.

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I think that can be the case much of the time. Like gut or instinct- a sense of something being inevitable without knowing what it is that makes them feel that way. And almost never looking deeper.

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Yes, gut-feel. That's the best description of it I think. It's true for me.

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I believe that God is so much bigger than any of us can imagine.

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I agree. I am wondering what folks who aren't believers mean when they say, "meant to be".

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That its in Gods hands. He expects us to fall so he may catch us.

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I believe God writes our destiny; so when they say it's meant to be, that means they already supposed to happen.

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I get what folks mean from a religious perspective. I'm confused by folks who solidly believe in destiny, yet who don't believe in a god who is behind it.

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It just means people like to think everything is planned.

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Even if they don't necessarily believe in the planner?

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We're all humans, we all tell ourselves sweet stories to sleep.

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So they say it but don't necessarily believe in it. I suppose that's common enough.

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It can mean, although using superstitious language, that the necessary elements for it to work were not there.

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