Making Sense of God’s ‘Perfect Plan’

    By Bill Flavell | 19 September 2016
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    When God wanted to reveal himself to humanity, he had options.

    For example, in the same way that he made the Ten Commandments, he could have written a book. By cutting out the middlemen who introduced human errors and biases, the book could have been perfect and could have communicated God’s message without ambiguity, error or contradiction. And God could have translated it into every language spoken on Earth.

    There would be no mistaking a perfect book from a perfect god. Such a book would not engender doubt and ridicule, as the Bible often does, but would be humanity’s most sacred possession.

    Or he could have put messages in everyone’s brain, so we would all know he exists and what he wants from us. Every baby would grow up knowing God without the need for parental instruction.

    If he had done either of these things, we should expect humans would have had no need to invent gods and would not have fought wars over who has the real god or who has the correct reading of scripture.

    We would all have a clear understanding of perfect morality and, knowing it was from God, we would likely have been more inclined to follow it.

    And he could have done these things, not 3,000 years ago but 200,000 years ago when our species first emerged. Imagine how different our species would be after 200,000 years of knowing God and knowing how to be good. Imagine how advanced we could be now without a couple of hundred thousand years of fear, ignorance and superstition. Perhaps we would be roaming the stars by now?

    If God had given us clear information, we should expect heaven to be full and hell deserted and the world would be a less violent and much nicer place than it is.

    The moment God created a plan that required us to make an informed choice, he had an obligation to ensure we were informed. But he didn’t. He intentionally hid from us and left his message with ignorant, superstitious men who have little or no credibility and offered no evidence that their stories were true.

    This was a plan designed to fail. God’s plan was so flawed and so badly executed that it makes no sense. Really, there is only one reasonable conclusion—there was no god and there was no plan; there were only superstitious men who made up stories, just as men had done for countless generations before them.

    Now, that conclusion makes perfect sense.

    Reprinted with permission from the author.

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