God's nonsensical plan
by: John Tyrrell
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I'm always bemused by those who believe in "God's Plan," particularly those who think everything that happens - good or bad - is in accordance with God's plan.
Here's a post made by a Christian trolling the Atheist, Agnostic, and Non-religious group on Facebook:
John Dauphine: Proverbs 20:24 says, “Since the Lord is directing our steps, why do we try to figure out everything that happens along the way?” God has you in the palm of His hand. He is directing you every step of the way. That disappointment may not have been fair, but it’s all a part of your divine destiny. If you will let it go and move on, then you’re going to come into something awesome that God is about to do; not ordinary like you had planned, but extraordinary like God has planned.
Obviously given the group it was posted in, this was responded to with a lot of mockery - that must have been God's plan, as it was obviously God's plan that the mockers were atheists, agnostics, and non-religious. At least in accordance with the thinking of Dauphine - after all - God was directing them every step of the way. Just as he was setting up Dauphine to be mocked. It was the plan.
I decided to check out Proverbs 20 to try and get some additional context for Proverbs 20:24 - which a web search reveals is used widely by those who think God's plan directs us every step of the way. And there is no real context - it's just a string of unrelated... well, proverbs,
But the opening verse does have a tie-in with 20:24 as it also deals with being led:
Proverbs 20:1 Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
Wait a minute? Who is leading people every step of the way? God's plan? Or drink? Is drink God? And if God is directing every step, how can we be led astray? After all, as Dauphine says "it’s all a part of your divine destiny."
Or - the concept of God's plan is pure nonsense.
And if there is a God and if that God has a plan and if he's ensuring each of us follow every step of the plan, then my calling it nonsense must be part of the plan.
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