God’s Plan?

My neighbor’ s son was injured playing rugby this weekend, and while we sat and waited for news about his emergency surgery she kept saying, “God has a reason,” “I have to believe that this is part of God’s plan,” “There’s something we are meant to learn from this.” A year ago I would have felt angry hearing those kind of sentiments. How could there be a reason for my son’s suicide? How could that be part of God’s plan? But Friday night I just felt in awe of my friend’s faith. I felt that, even if the outcome were bad, her faith in God would remain strong, and that humbled me. My faith has been very shaken of late.

But I think there is a difference between the things that happen to us and the things we choose to do. My son was fulfilling his plan for himself, not God’s plan. Because if there is a God surely God is pro-life and therefore anti-suicide and anti-war. How could “God” be otherwise?

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One response to “God’s Plan?

  1. Let’s see…God is all powerful, but He’s constantly tinkering with the world. Make any sense? No. By “Christians’ ” definition, anything and everything that happens is “God’s will.” Make sense? No.
    There is no necessary connection between believing in God and believing in this deterministic, fatalistic superstition. Why can’t you believe in a God that created the universe, created physical laws, and then simply lets the physical laws play out? COULD God intervene constantly in the world? Sure. DOES He? No evidence of that. The often-heard argument that “things turn out for the best” is nonsense. They don’t. Anyone who thinks people die to “teach them (the speaker, not the dead person!) a lesson” is insane. People use this as a crutch because it absolves them of responsibility for what happens. I can certainly tell you that absolving yourself of responsibility is NOT what God wants. Does God have a “plan”? In a general sense, yes. Does that plan include every detail of your life? That’s not only silly, it’s pagan, not Christian. Do things that seem bad at the time sometimes lead to something better? Sure. Chance and coincidence are powerful forces–and this does NOT deny God’s power. Rather those who deny God the ability to indirectly affect the universe (whether through evolution, chance, or the forces of nature) and only allow God to directly, personally intervene to further some cosmic goal like furthering a rugby career are the ones who lack faith. My God is an all-powerful God who does not constantly tinker with the universe.

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