God, Christians like to tell themselves, has a special plan for the individual believer’s life. This plan involves, amongst other things, directing them towards a specific career, making them successful, guiding them to the person they are to marry and showing them where they should live.
Here, for example, is some ‘guidance’ provided by Bible-Knowledge.com:
Remember – God already has your next new job all set up and planned out for you. All you have to do is simply wait for His timing to bring it to you!
As we might expect, there’s no biblical basis for this fantasy – neither Jesus nor Paul (or any other New Testament writer) mention it, which is why Christian teaching promoting the idea fails, without exception, to reference either of them. Far from being an individually tailored life-plan, God’s agenda, according to Jesus, is the same for everyone: it is to work tirelessly to bring about his Kingdom, loving your neighbour as yourself and God even more (Mark 12.28-34).
And that, once again, is that.
Or not quite, because Jesus goes further. Nothing else, he insists, compares with God’s Kingdom, the pearl of great price next to which everything else is without value or meaning (Matthew 13.45-46). So he demands over and over again that people abandon jobs, homes, spouses and family concerns to seek and work towards the Kingdom (Luke 12.27-37 etc).
Why would he change – reverse even – these priorities, the central core of his ‘earthly ministry’, to direct the careers and prescribe the domestic arrangements of Christians today? Answer: he wouldn’t, demonstrating just how much of a construct of their own imaginations is the Christ that Christians worship, profess to listen to and who, they maintain, guides the minutiae of their lives.
The favorite delusion of the non-Christian is that they have the autonomy to lead their own lives. They are slaves to their own desires, unable to live the lives they want.
Gosh, yes, you must be right. Only by slavishly following your religion can I truly be autonomous. No paradox there then.
How can this be true when He who said I am the way, the truth and the life has promised to guide us with His eye upon us, has given His children the Holy Spirit so that we will know the truth and has left us the Bible, the Word of God to guide and direct us. You also neglect to understand that Jesus was assailing the Jews of His day who were making an idol of wealth. If you look at the epistles, you will see that we are called to work and share the gospel. We are also encouraged that God will provide for us. Sometimes being a believer will cost you everything as you stand up for the truth and reject error. Other times you may stand up for the truth and experience persecution from those who reject the truth, but it doesn’t impact your livelihood. There are believers who today are losing their lives for the sake of the gospel. There are others who are bearing witness to the truth for God’s own purposes without persecution at this time. You can’t make these blanket statements and think they apply to all. I would say that you are the one with the blindfold foolishly following your own lusts, the deceiver, and this evil world system and that your foot is held out over the precipice of eternal destruction. Repent and believe the gospel.
In Ephesians 2:10 we see that God created us to do good works which He prepared in advance for us to do.
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
For me, the fact that He prepared them for me in advance indicates He has a plan for my life and He will lead and guide me. Blessings!
For a person who isnt a Christian I am amazed at the knowledge of info you quote on the bible. This tells me either you were a Christian and you are upset with him because he didn’t give you all the answer you were looking for or somethign devasted you to move you away from the faith. raegardless of what happen.all you do is give us ammo to show us how right we are in our beliefs. I hope you find what you are truly looking for on your journey my friend
Thank you. I have found what I’m looking for and it’s not ‘faith’.
It’s interesting to read the comments this post has provoked. They are comprised of Christians saying,’what I believe trumps whatever Jesus and the Bible say,’ both of which I was careful to quote. And that was precisely my point.
Happy delusions, y’all!
God still love you guys♡
Which god? Which guys? How’d you know?