God’s plan

This is a phrase I’ve heard a lot in the last week or so. Folks who escaped death in the 35W bridge collapse have been saying (well, some of them have) that they feel that their life must have some purpose since they were spared while others died. What does everybody think of this? If it’s true, where does that leave the folks who died?

This isn’t intended to be hostile or accusatory; I’m just curious whether others think this is true and how it works in their lives if it is.

3 Responses to “God’s plan”

  1. 1 kdl August 8, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    That’s a really honest question. This is one of those “stupid things Christians sometimes say.” Another favorite is that “God must have wanted your kid in heaven, so he let your child die.”

    For crying out loud.

    I think that generally peoples intentions are good when they say these stupid things. In the case of “God has a plan for me…” it may just be the trauma talking. Or maybe they needed the shock of the trauma to realize that God, indeed, does actually care about them, although he did before the bridge went down too.

    Chalk it up to living in a “christian” culture, where folks sometimes say what they think they’re supposed to say, regardless of how dumb it makes them look.

  2. 2 Kerry August 8, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    I think God has good intentions for us. I think that God loves all of us, and perhaps even tries to send messages to help us along the way. Maybe the messages come through people, or little signs.

    But I do not believe that God has a ‘plan,’ and that ‘things happen for a reason.’ To me this is the refuge for those who need that easy answer. There is no retribution or design in the little child who is abused, neglected or gets cancer. There is no obscure reason why the innocent get hurt. This is free will. Bridges collapse, people get hurt. Bad things sometimes just happen, and there is no rhyme or reason for it.

    I think this is a concept that is uncomfortable for many. However, I find comfort in the fact that this is the case. God is not a punishing God or omnipotent factor that allows crappy things to happen for some reason only she or he knows. But God is there to help us through it. God can give us strength to deal. Prayers can do that too. Just my 2 cents.

  3. 3 glenn August 8, 2007 at 4:48 pm


    I agree with the others who have commented.

    Here is site where Christian actually apologize for being uncaring.


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