God Has a Plan

Vickie Collins By Vickie Collins, 5th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It is a look, from my opinion of course, on a tie in of often stated opinions about God's will, and the early protestant belief in Predestination as taught by John Calvin.

Today

Have you ever heard the phrase "God has a plan". Often people will use that expression to explain death. "God had a plan that required your six week old baby to die". Is an example of that expression in full use. This is usually meant to bring encouragement to the person hearing it, as though, now the death of that baby is understandable and acceptable to them in a way it was not before.

do they know what they are saying?

Now many of the people making this sort of statement, along with "they are in a better place" and "at least you had them a long time" (reserved for when the person is older) are likely struggling to find something that might be of comfort to the person that they are befriending.

What is missed of course is that telling a young mother than God took her baby because "he had a plan" is not comforting to all people hearing it. It might comfort some but the response from many would be to worry about what kind of God would require a death of a six week old child. Those being comforted by it are most likely to be those already believing in a certain kind of God, or rather certain things about God.

But do they know really what they are saying about God and theology by saying and believing such things? I think not, but they have a basis in a very real theological position of long standing.

The theology behind it

As said before, many use expressions to try and bring comfort and have no real understanding of what those expressions mean in the fuller theological implication. Many are laypersons who are trying to be kind.

What the expression says about God and the Universe however, is a powerful idea. It postulates a God that is in control of everything. In fact nothing that happens does so that "He" doesn't not only know about but cause to happen. I used the word HE because most people who believe strongly in this position would also not be counted among those using inclusive language.

If you believe as did John Calvin and his followers in the early Protestant era, that God is in total control, nothing can escape the "plan of God". Therefore it was God's will that that horrible plane crash kill thousands of people or that the driver of the car not see the baby in his or her blind spot.

Now many of the people resorting to those "words of comfort" do not know the origin in theology of what they are saying. However, that doesn't mean they aren't somehow indicating their acceptance of the general concept so in a real way, they are all Calvinists.

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God Almighty, God And Humankind, God Bible

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author avatar Vickie Collins
I am a gay crossdresser who writes under my non-de-plume. I have a variety of interests, science fiction, religion, psychology. I recently moved from Nashville Tn to New Orleans.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Jan 2015 (#)

You are correct when people hear these things it can be a cruel blow to them and is really doing an injustice to them to say these things if you are trying to comfort them.

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author avatar Vickie Collins
7th Jan 2015 (#)

It has always been one of my pet peeves, to say the least.

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author avatar Carol Roach
5th Jan 2015 (#)

I agree God may have a plan, but blaming God for deluge in New Orleans because it was a sinful city when it was just nature, or God has a plan when you loved one was raped and murder. Sorry that does cut the grade with me. God has a plan but also gave humans free choice and some humans are just not godly people

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author avatar Vickie Collins
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Well, I believe free will is part of the world. But it seems that many of the "God has a plan" folks forget that, and that that it rains on the righteous and the unrighteous cuz rain is also part of the creation.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jan 2015 (#)

We have to take charge but sometimes we are at the receiving end for no fault of ours. God does get lot of flak but some take credit even when luck has played a part! Life can be really cruel to some. Hopefully there is ultimate justice beyond our ken - siva

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author avatar Vickie Collins
7th Jan 2015 (#)

I actually think some things are out of our control. Many things in fact. But just don't believe that God seems nasty things as a punishment, etc.

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author avatar Denise O
6th Jan 2015 (#)

I just had a friend saythis to me the other day, concerning the passing of my husband this last September, not comforting in the least I must say. My belief is that God has given us free will (meaning, God does not control us like robots) and at times, bad things just happen to good folks is all. I guess I am not in the Calvinist camp. Interesting read, thank you for sharing. :)

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author avatar Vickie Collins
7th Jan 2015 (#)

I am really not in the Calvinist camp, maybe that was obvious not sure. I was Presbyterian which has Calvinist roots but many of us were not really Calvinists with this type of thing.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
7th Jan 2015 (#)

I don't necessarily agree with any beliefs as far as God is concerned but I respect others their beliefs. Enjoyed the read and hope to see more. Would be nice if you be friended me too or whatever it is called. Nice to be aboard.

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author avatar Vickie Collins
7th Jan 2015 (#)

I have befriended you Eve, and certainly folks can believe what they want. I just wish they wouldn't say things like "God has a plan" to imply that I shouldn't be sad about the death of a loved one. :)

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
7th Jan 2015 (#)

There are just no words that I could say to a person who has left a love one. And I certainly wouldn't bring God into it since I don't believe anyway.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
7th Jan 2015 (#)

I meant 'lost a loved one'. Sorry!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Vickie, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Happy New Year!

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author avatar Natraj
7th Jan 2015 (#)

The real depth of phrases commonly used is dealt fantastically in your post. Great

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