Thursday, 1 December 2016

Religion 101 - God has a Plan for you?

I was watching a true story of a rather bad pastor last night; the thing that stuck me is he kept harping on the fact God has a plan for your life. He used this to manipulate people, have his evil way with vulnerable women and even killed one or two people.
I am not sure about this. I worked out that in my youth I spent more than 5500 hours in Bible Study, part of it was in the Theocratic Ministry School. That is apart from the time I spent going to strangers houses and discussing the Bible with them, good couple of thousand hours were put in there. So I sort of know what the Bible says. After that I did not attend church or even think about Spirituality for what? 20 years. Then I had too.  After 7 years of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous, an hour or so at least a week, 438 hours, and a lot of the AA consists of a Spiritual nature. I slipped up and decided to go look at this church thing again. Two Bible studies a week with two totally different denominations for months. That story is in Some Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief, written but not yet published. Those are my qualifications.
Firstly, I must admit, if this statement IS true, I am not so happy with the plan that was hatched for me! I think it has been a bit damn rough.
On a more theocratic level, it clearly states in the Bible, that God gave man free will; and that dear reader, is where ALL the trouble started. Now if man has free will, it is logical that a plan or destiny is impossible.  I know what the standard Christian answer to this will be. “God works in mysterious ways.” And that, is the biggest cop-out that I have ever heard. Makes it extremely difficult to gain a better knowledge of the Higher Power, I do believe is out there, somewhere.
The words to UB40’s song come to mind.
“And every hour of every day I’m learning more
The more I learn, the less I know about before
The less I know, the more I want to look around
Digging deep for clues on higher ground.”

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Short Story. You can read about another pastor here, that was for all intents and purposes, a mercenary.
The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief I – Angola
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