Wednesday, March 17, 2010

God's plan for all of us

Forgive me for a moment as I talk religion a little, not something I usually bring up here on this blog. But I don't mean to propose my questions only as a matter of spirituality, but also as a matter of reason.

My main question: Does God have a plan for all of us? For each of us? As individuals?

Personally, I go back and forth on this one. I'm not here to argue for or against a belief in God or Christianity or any other religion. For the sake of this argument, let's just say we all believe in the Christian God.

That being said, does God have a plan for each and every one of us?

Sometimes I feel the answers is yes. Other times, God seems remote and uninterested, much like most Deist versions of God.

Most times when I see or hear someone talking about God's plan for them, it's in a positive light. God helped you get your new car. God helped you get a new job. God had your boyfriend propose. Etc., etc. I generally don't believe God makes a habit of intervening regularly in our lives in such a manner, but maybe so.

But good things don't happen all the time, and few people truly have a happy ending. We all die, after all.

So what if God's plan for you is for you to die a horrible death, burning alive in a car crash? Tortured slowly by a serial killer? Mauled by a bear? Blown up by terrorists? What if that's your role to play?

But then one has to ask, does one's death (or form of death) provide the answer? The old person who dies quietly at home in bed surrounded by family might have fulfilled their role years ago. But why do they live much longer?

Or perhaps all of us has more than one role to play? Maybe each of us has many, possibly even millions, of roles to play during our lifetimes?

Maybe they aren't seemingly big, important, world-changing roles. Maybe they are small roles. Maybe something as simple as being kind to another in even a small manner is part of God's plan. After all, most of us aren't kings or presidents or generals, etc.

But maybe each of our little roles are more important than the supposed great big roles.

And maybe sometimes even those horrible deaths can be a part of the plan, even if we don't recognize how or why.

Or maybe not. Just an idea.

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