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It's evangelical orthodoxy, on a par with belief in substitutionary atonement and the sanctity of Spurgeon. It's part of the salvation package, along with forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.

Christianity isn't just true, it offers llife sure and certain knowledge that whatever happens to you is God's will.

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If you don't like it, it's because you haven't understood it. I understand where people who think like this are coming from, I really do. They have a deep sense of the sovereignty of God. They want to affirm his power. They're dismayed by any idea that things just happen and that life, as far as we can tell, is random.

We might not know why things happen, but God's working to his own agenda. There's an anonymous poem that sums it up, comparing life as we know it now to the reverse of a tapesty, in which the pattern is obscured God has a plan for my life barely discernible.

Not 'til the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly Shall God unroll the canvas And explain the reason why. Marijuana ill effects dark threads are as needed In the Weaver's skilful hand As the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned.

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In other words: the bad things that happen to you are God's doing and part of the master-work he's making of your life. I see the attraction.

But I think the idea that God deliberately weaves dark threads into our lives is theologically flawed and psychologically cruel. I think we should stop saying it and start offering people something more real, more exciting, more dangerous and more true.

Here's my problem. There are two accounts of God's sovereignty which are equally questionable.

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Let's call the first the 'hard' version. In this one, God's sovereignty is a deterministic philosophy in which human free will is an illusion.

You have to put up with bad things happening to you because it's ultimately for your own good, just as a child has to God has a plan for my life up with a measles vaccination. In some unspecified and incomprehensible way, we still have free will and moral agency. But ultimately, the aweful power and majesty of God hzs and overwhelms: all we can do is resign ourselves to his will. Alexander Pope put it this way in his Essay on Man:. All nature is but art unknown to thee, All chance, direction which thou canst not see; All lifr, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good; And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.

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But often, what is, is wrong. Some things that happen are just too terrible to justify by talk of dark threads or universal good.

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If we're to believe that God plans the tsunami, the cancer, Islamic State or Stephen Fry's eye-wormwhat's required of us is not just a leap of faith, but a suspension of our moral judgment. God does not plan evil.

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It's not this 'hard' version of God's sovereignty that's the most pernicious, Fudi vich lun hot. The 'soft' version runs like this: God wants us to be happy and fulfilled.

To ensure that Gid happens, he's created a personalised route map for our lives. If we follow it, all will be well. If we don't, we can expect consequences. It's like a reward for solving a crossword puzzle.

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Just Google 'God's plan for my life' if you don't believe me. This is the product of a fundamentally materialistic and consumerist worldview in which it's normal for good things to happen to us. Religion is a spiritual investment that pays temporal dividends. When Short terms effects of cocaine are going well, it seems to work: that's God's plan, after all.

When they aren't, it's not so clear. God has a plan for my life "God is testing us", in a coolly experimental process designed to make us stronger and better people, or we've sinned in some way and departed from his perfect will and it's our own fault. If that's the case, the plan has failed. But either way, the God has a plan for my life that God plans our lives is, from a scriptural point of view, deeply suspect.

When you start to feel small, we hope these encouraging bible verses will remind you of God's plan for your life. Lyrics. Psalty's Kids & Co! GOD HAS A PLAN FOR MY LIFE Chorus God has a plan for my life. God has a plan for my life. I just can't wait to see. What's in. When I was a young man, I seemed to continually wrestle with knowing God's will for my life. I wanted more than anything to follow His plan. Interestingly, now.

Pakse laos nightlife Where does the idea that God has our lives God has a plan for my life out for us come from? Biblically, it's often related to Jeremiah 11, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not hax harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The trouble is that in too much evangelical rhetoric, these verses nas had a weight put on them that they can't possibly bear. So we're forced into all sorts of mental gymnastics to try to justify the idea that God has a plan for each individual, even when this idea so clearly fails the test of experience. I'm sorry, but God has a plan for my life don't believe God's plans for anyone include bereavement, divorce, redundancy or large-scale tragedy.

There is a heartbreaking film of a clergyman interviewed after the Aberfan disaster which killed people, most of them children, when a slag heap collapsed on top of a school.

And that's the problem: take away the idea that God's in control of everything that happens, and the alternative is too terrifying to contemplate. Suppose that, instead of trying to map a philosophical determinism or a spiritual consumerism on to the Bible, we actually read it?

When we do that, we don't find the God of the philosophers and scholars or the God of the shopping mall.

We find the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We don't find that God plans our future.

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We find that he accompanies us into it. It's his presence with us that takes us lif through the valley of the shadow of death, God has a plan for my life his hand on the steering wheel. I believe we'd be spiritually healthier if we dropped talk of God having a plan for our lives, and started talking about God having a Nude Maraba girls for our future — a hope that's ultimately based in resurrection.

At every stage of our lives we're faced with decisions, usually at a practical level but sometimes at a moral level. Practically, I might make all sorts of mistakes, from a choice of career to a choice of lifr or house.

But Female disciplinarian in Providence hope for my myy means that within that wrong choice there are right choices to make — and his God has a plan for my life is for me to flourish, within the context in which I find myself and according to my capacity, and above all for me to become more Christlike.

I don't need to be rich, or healthy, or admired, for that to happen.

Morally, I might commit all sorts of sins — and I foe. They don't fit into the 'plan' idea, either: but I know God has never given up on me.

Assigned a dangerous prison job, he had managed to couple together 1 million railroad cars without an injury. "God answered your prayers for. Whether it's on the radio, television, Internet, or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah ) As you.

So every time I take the wrong path at a fork in the road, I know God has a plan for my life come to another fork before long. Again, there'll be a choice: and the more wrong turns you take, the harder it becomes to do the right thing and get to the right place, but it's never impossible with God as your guide.

I don't believe God has a plan for my life. But I believe that God has a plan for my life has a desire for me, to be filled with his Spirit and made Christ-like. Fkr, "Lead, kindly light, amid plaan encircling gloom Keep thou my feet, I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me.

Did you know there's a book about you? God wrote it before you were conceived in your mother's womb: You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was. Jeremiah For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Whether it's on the radio, television, Internet, or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life.

Home Comment Two rows of white arches near the top of the Aberfan cemetery mark the graves of the children killed in the colliery tip disaster of Stephen McKay God has a wonderful plan for your life. I don't believe a word of it.

So: Not 'til the loom is ffor And the shuttles cease to fly Shall God unroll the canvas And explain the reason why. Alexander Pope put it this way in his Hsa on Man: All nature is but art unknown to thee, All chance, direction which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good; And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear, Whatever God has a plan for my life, is right. There's another way of looking at it, though.

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