Perhaps ask Calypsis to recall some of the events, if you see what transpired then it would help to understand what Calypsis is saying. For example I have my own event which I like to recall to others. Back when I was a full-on Christian, I went to a youth camp. I was discussing how I felt that "the big guy" (my name for God at that time), helps me to be lucky sometimes. The leader felt I was wrong. 10 minutes later we were playing a card game called cheat. In this game the deck is divided by the number of players (at this time there were 8 I think). The first person places all their aces face down, the next person twos and so on. If a player doesn't have the right cards he / she can cheat by using other numbers instead, however if the player is caught out by another player he / she picks up all the cards that have been placed, if the person wasn't cheating then the accuser picks the cards up. Now we played two games and I was pissing myself laughing since I had every number card I needed to put down, I didn't cheat once for the entire two games, note that this occured straight after my chat with how I thought that God helps me out and makes me lucky /> Whilst its not a miracle in the sense of healing another, I think it was one of God expressing his presence to me.
I've had that kind of thing happen to me too. And when it happens time and time again you know that it just cannot be a coincidence. As far as "halucinating" is concerned, that would only apply in isolated situations where you see something that you interpret as a vision or something like that. The things that I have experienced were never like that.
Anyway, I have to be careful about this, because anthing you say can be taken the wrong way. So I want to say once again. God rarely does miracles to prove his existance to unbelievers. Rather he does them primarily to validate himself to believers so that they learn to identify his voice. He then leaves it up to unbelievers to believe in the testimony of believers, which I think Jonas has done to a certain degree.
One of the commandments teaches us not to test God. I think this kind of testing has a context in which someone is demanding that God show himself, in order that he believe. However, there is a context in which testing God is permitted. In fact, in Malachi 3 God actually encourages the Jews to test him.
I want to give an example here, but not without a warning. Don't try this at home kiddies, it is almost guaranteed not to work because it is not a party trick. God speaks to us in different, individual ways and this is just the way he spoke to me, a young guy who had tons of problems with Christainity, since I was brought up to believe in demonic doctrines which go way beyond everyday skepticism. I think God had compassion on me because I had been fed these doctrines from childbirth.
One thing that my mother told me was the she would often flip open the Bible and put her finger on a random verse. She did this to get a "message" from the other side - not from God, but from "deceased spirits".
There were many things that all happened within a short period of time that collectively served to turn my entire life upside-down, and so I don't have time to go into all the details, but one of those things happened during a period of my life when I felt desparate to get answers about God. I happened to have a Bible in my room and decided to do what my mother did, and see if I would get a message.
Boy, did I ever get a message. Not once, but every single time. The fact is that no matter what verse I picked out I just knew that God was speaking directly to me. The verses always seemed to describe something in my life that i could concretely identify with.
I did this daily for a few days, and even though I didn't really want to become a Christian, it happened so often that I just didn't know what to do. I felt pretty miserable, so that day I bought a half a dozen cans of beer, and after drinking them the plan was to go to some pub in town and get really drunk. But just before I was about to open the first can I thought about these "messages" I thought I was reading. But was I really sure? Maybe they were just a string of coincidences. These thing happen. But anyway, that's when I decided to put it to the test. I said to God, if you don't want me to get myself drunk tonight then give me a message right now.
The funny thing was that this particular bible was an older and rarer swedish translation that, as far as I have been able to see, does not have this verse worded in this way in any other translation. What the verse said was this:
"Sober up, and sin no more"
Now, I can see how an atheist would scoff at this, but this was only the start of it. Things like this were happening over and over again. At the same time my girlfriend (my wife now), with whom I had a very bad relationship, was away for about a week. The day she was to come home, I was ready to give up. She was coming over and I was going to tell her that I was going to change. I was going to turn a new leaf and be a whole new person. That was what I was going to tell her as soon as she opened the door.
When she did open the door, I immediately saw that it wasn't me who had changed. It was her. It was almost as though an angel had come to visit me. He whole face lit up and she was so happy that I hardly recognized her. The fact is that during the exact time God was speaking to me and turning my life around, he was doing the same thing with her in a completely different place.
Even though she was brought up in a christian home, she was really quite backslidden and did not live as a Christian. I was constantly trying her to turn her back on her outdated faith and actually almost succeeded in doing so because she couldn't even tell me what being a Christian was all about. Now she walks in and tells me that she had attended a Christian seminar that whole week where they taught her the basics. They also taught her about prayer, and so a few of them got into a ring and started praying for me - at the exact time all these things were happening to me. Coincidence?
It didn't end there either. I was amazed at how she was so filled with joy and was praying for things and getting concrete answers. This brings me to the part where I played chess with God (kind of).. and lost! Who would have thought that?
I used to play quite a lot of chess when I was younger and was pretty good at it (if I say so myself). Whenever I felt that the game wasn't going well, all I had to do was to focus a little and then I would usually always win. For lack of a better opponent, I sometimes played against my girlfriend. She was pretty worthless (sorry honey), but I was bored and there was no one else around. Playing against her never required any extra focus, she never beat me. I could read a book or watch the tv at the same time and still win.
All our games ususally ended in the same way. I would win, she would get frustrated and I would end up sitting in a shower of chesspieces that went flying through the air.
But this time I recognized the same voice that spoke to me when I read the Bible verses say to me, "she is now so filled with my Spirit you will not be able to win". Now I know that skeptics would just say that this thought somehow impaired my ability to think, but I know what my frame of mind was. I was focused from the very start of the game and was thinking clearly.
Despite that, as much as I tried, I could not find a good move during the entire game. I felt I was locked on every side and just couldn't get anything to work. My girlfriend on the other hand had no idea what she was doing. In the end I had to tell her
that she had won, because she mated me without having a clue that she did.
But it didn't end there.
Other things happened that can hardly be chalked up as hallucinations. For example, one day when I was lying on the couch I started feeling a great comfort flowing through my head. It was the sort of thing that happened to me every now and then, but this time I somehow realized that someone must be praying for me. No sooner did I think that thought when the phone started ringing. When I pick up I heard my mother-in-law's voice. She didn't even say hello, which she always normally always did. She just said "Did you feel me praying for you"?
Coincidence? A hallucination that involved two people? Hmm..
And actually, I didn't mention it to Jonas but the other day when I was writing to him I had another one of these "coincidences". I was having a discussion with him about faith and works and about how God prepares good deeds for us "in advance" that we can do. I took a break in the middle of that post and went into town and was making my way though all the Christmas shoppers hurrying back and forth. As I was walking along and thinking about what I had written to Jonas I was wondering about this very thing. What would God have me do today?
Perhaps I could give what I have in my pocket to help some needy person, and so I said to God "If you want me to do so then someone here will ask me for money, right now!". All I could see were people rushing to and fro with the exception of one woman who stood outside a chemist store and although she didn't look like she needed money I thought "what about her?". Believe it or not, as I was walking past her she asked me if I could give her any money.
But I guess she was a hallucination too..
But I could go on and on.. (as you probably have noticed).
It makes you wonder how many hallucinations and coincidences one guy can take..