“God is imaginary”? Really? Part 7: God’s plan

So, what is “God’s plan”? At least that is the question posed in the sixth “proof” that “God is imaginary “. First of all, the title itself is unobjectionable: it is the question that every believer asks as they step out into their life of faith. But it’s the conclusions that the writer comes to, albeit obvious and false conclusions, that just don’t pan out. Let’s just take this quote for example: (Note to reader: the writer I am critiquing is commenting on Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life.)

If the concept of “God’s plan” is true, you can first of all see that God wants us to be aborting children. Every single abortion is planned by God, so God must be doing it for a reason. Second, you can see that both the mother who requests the abortion and the doctor who performs it are blameless. Since it is God who planned the abortion of the child (God chose the “exact time” of the death, according to Rick Warren), the mother and doctor are simply puppets who are fulfilling God’s plan, are they not? What about all the Christians who are fighting against abortion? If abortion is part of God’s plan, why are they fighting it? God is the all-powerful ruler of the universe, and his plan is for more than a million children a year to die in the United States through abortion. [ref] If God’s plan is true, then each one of those abortions was meticulously planned by God.

Now, the fact that God has decreed certain events to take place, the time a person is born or dies, has nothing to do with the circumstances of the conditions other than the actions of His creatures in fulfilling those decrees. Logically, it could be within God’s decree for me to give a response to this site as part of His plan to decree a thought in the mind of another person that either increases another’s faith in Him OR to decrease another’s faith as well, in order to ultimately separate those who truly believe from those who falsely believe. As, such I am acting in accordance with such a decree, but am not presuming to know or fully understand the entirety of the decree itself.

But also, and let’s follow this carefully, God could equally use the trespass of abortion, in that it deliberately ends an innocent life, something God has prohibited in His Law, to heap a greater condemnation on those involved. There is no defense in this form of argumentation for anyone, because if one breaks the moral law, which is clear in its statement, they are still guilty whether or not they “had a choice” or not.

If God has a divine plan for each of us, then he had a divine plan for Hitler too.

Absolutely. No argument there. In fact, it would be reasonable to argue, in my worldview, that God’s plan was to unite the world against Hitler and his intentions, to bring him and his merry band of goose-stepping goons to heel.

Now let’s imagine that you say a prayer in this kind of university. What kind of difference does it make?

It brings the one who God has called to himself through Christ more into alignment with the will of the One who has ordered it thusly.

Think about what God’s plan means for you personally. If the plan happens to say that you get hit by a bus tomorrow […]

It means that I should be grateful for the time that I have and make the most of it, dedicating it to God. Here’s what James, the Lord’s brother, had to say in his epistle about this:

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.”
14 You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes.
15 You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.”
16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.
(Chapter 4, NET)

Who will you marry? You have no choice in the matter.

How many people have asked God for Him to reveal His plan in such a way? Very few, I would imagine. I asked for such a revelation and had a vision, and have celebrated 12 years with her. Sometimes I wish that I had asked for more details, but it ultimately depended on my obedience to the revelation that I requested because I was madly in love with someone else and I knew that no matter how hard I tried, as much as she cared for me, she would never love me the way that I loved her and that relationship would have certainly ended in divorce.

If you think about it as an intelligent person, you will realize that the statement “It is part of God’s plan” is one of those meaningless palliatives. When you sit down and think it through using your common sense, the statement makes no sense. That lack of sense shows us how imaginary God is.

Or it could demonstrate how foolish man really is because he would presume to know more and better than his Creator. The Apostle Paul captured this attitude perfectly when he was inspired to write these words:

21 For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened.
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools […] (Romans 1, NET)

And just as a helpful addition, check out this debate from a few years ago between David Silverman and James White where the issue of God’s sovereignty was brought up.

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  1. […] a response. An if there is a question about prayer, see this response and here as well. Also, this post on the will of God as well as this one on a question of ambiguity, and this one where I deal with […]

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