God’s plan

I am not someone who sets great store in organized religion. This has been a massive pitfall for me when it comes to twelve step programs. My concept of a higher power is extremely weak. The buck stops here. I am the higher power. So it completely befuddles me when people start talking about it being God’s plan that they should adopt. It defies logic.

If God is supposed to be all-knowing and all-powerful, why is he putting babies in the wrong uteruses? Ah, I get it… so that the parents (both sets) and child understand what it is to experience suffering. And God obviously does that because… he is loving and kind? Wait, that does not sound right. Maybe God’s plan is actually that the childless remain childless for a reason, and that mothers should be mothers for a reason. Maybe all this talk of God having plans is just a way of putting a positive spin on something fundamentally and terribly wrong.

Maybe God just needs some help with his engineering. Really, who would put an amusement park next to a sewage outlet? Guess the truth is God has a sense of humor and we are his little joke.

Or there is no God and maybe you should just learn to accept that you are benefiting from the misfortune of others.


8 Responses to “God’s plan”

  1. I agree. And I shall share with you the words of George Carlin.

    “”Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”


  2. “Really, who would put an amusement park next to a sewage outlet?”

    This made me laugh.

    Also, the reason God allows suffering is to draw us closer to him.

    Except that it didn’t work in my case.

    So God is still not-so-bright after all.

  3. Using “God’s plan” as a justification for acting on any of our motivations is suspect, whether it be war or adoption … or theft (really, it WAS God’s plan that I found that wallet with $200 in it … and it’s God’s plan for me to just send the driver’s license and voter registration card back anonymously … really, why else would there be cash in there?)

  4. Exactly, Larisa.

    I wrote that post in the heat of a moment and it was probably not as tactful as it could have been. But there is an awful lot that gets said in adoption that is less tactful than it truly needs to be.

    This mindset is by no means peculiar to the adopting community. It is a heinous crutch used by way too many people to justify morally questionable acts.

    Heh. I like that George Carlin comment Suz. Never did understand what an invisible man needs with money.

    Seriously Nicole, suffering is supposed to draw us closer to God? Odd logic. Kind of like… if you abuse your kids, they will love you more. I really should abuse Lamia some. I want to be loved.

    Am I the only one who, when he reads the Bible, thinks it makes God look like a petty creep? The story of Job is a prime example there. What an ass.

  5. God as described in the Bible makes a lot more sense if you read his creation story in the…. Gnostic Gospels? I can’t find the book right now; it’s this huge tome of writings that were selectively eliminated from the Bible back when whoever got to edit the Bible edited it. Which sort of throws a big wrench in the whole “literal interpretation of God’s Word” branch of worship, but we always knew that one was a little screwed up.

    Anyway: God’s totally misbegotten! He’s an imperfect creation, spawned by this female deity Sophia without permission from her male-deity consort — which I think sheds ENORMOUS light on the whole notion of Adoption As God’s Plan. God (and we will acknowledge here the masculine assumption of the deity’s gender) got a lot of crap from the other Gods for being illegitimately brought into being, so I think He has headcake around female procreation outside of male (patriarchial) permission. Therefore, babies placed by him in the “wrong” womb and forced to relocate to people who are “playing by the rules”, with great punishing pain levvied on mothers and their creations as a sidebar.

    God’s a traumatized, insecure male with Mommy Issues. God’s own right to exist has been severely questioned since His inception, and He’s experienced all this rejection… no wonder his Top 10 includes “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. And then there’s the whole scene with his own son, which really didn’t end well on the Earth Dimension. God needs serious therapy.

  6. Here we go – some backstory, conveniently ensconsed in a critique of “The Matrix”. http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com/hw_matrix.htm

  7. I wonder if he was also the middle child. I have middle child issues. 🙂

    I always thought there was only one page missing from the Bible. The one at the front with the disclaimer that says “All characters herein are entirely fictional and any similarity to any person living or dead is purely coincidental”.

  8. I think some nice monks tried that one for the inrto to the Dark Ages edition, but it was tossed out with the King James. 😦

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