Sunday, April 13, 2008

God is Imaginary: #6 Consider God's Plan.

Consider God's Plan.

In this section they have created what I consider to be a devastating critique, of a particular brand of theology. If one interprets Scripture in the manner that they describe--a fatalistic interpretation--then they are correct in saying that "God's plan" is morally reprehensible. Scripture, however, and what we know about the nature of God, is entirely different.

The fatalist makes the assumption that if God plans one thing, He must also plan everything. And you know what happens when you assume. Because God plans to save some, they assume that God also plans to condemn the rest. This is no more the case than saying a person who adopts one dog from the pound simultaneously destroys the rest.

But the meat of the issue is the nature of God's plan. The fundamental issue of why we are here. In a word, mercy. The instant of the first sin, God could have justly condemned us to hell. We rebelled, and he could have cut us off in an instant. Instead, he offered us amnesty. We're the ragged band of rebels living a nasty, brutish, and short life while we decide whether to surrender or fight to the death.

To continue the military analogy, we're all on the brink of death, and the only thing keeping us alive is the Red Cross aid God sends across the border to keep us alive. But what about believers? What about the people who have already gone over to Him? Why are believers still here? Why aren't you instantly raptured into Heaven the moment you believe? Here is where the true Purpose Driven Life comes into plan. God does have a plan for us. A commission in fact: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)

Is God's plan reprehensible? He set aside justice for mercy. He sustains those who hate Him. He makes His children suffer to save them. We believers stay in the mud and the damp, the disease and the pain, the suffering and hunger, the hatred and loss, that he may use us to heal His enemies. If there are any who should object, it is not the slaves being freed, but the freedmen becoming slaves to free them.

And by the way, the verse from Psalms they quote sounds very different in a different translation: "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Which illustrates that you must remember that the Bible is written in other languages.

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