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God’s Plan for Man

On April 02, 2005, the Toronto Star headline announced the death of Pope John Paul II at age 84.

One week later, an article by Rosie Dimanno entitled “A saint ... by popular demand”  described the  Santo Subito! (Sainthood now!)  clamour for John Paul II's beatification. This could happen quickly. Sainthood now requires only 2 attributable miracles - a pared-down test devised by Pope John Paul II himself.

However, before sainthood is conferred, an important question should be thought about.  We need to ask where Pope John Paul II presently resides.  If not in heaven but in that other place, conferring sainthood would be an enormous faux pas.

Since this probably seems outrageous, let me suggest why Pope John Paul II may be in hell. Indeed, not only Pope John Paul II, but every Pope before him, along with an enormous throng of proselytizers, moralizers and legislators ... may be in hell.

The reason involves the fundamental notion most religions share.  God created the world and populated it with human beings for three reasons:

  • Human beings are to live in circumstances where 'God's Face' is hidden from them.  Living on our own recognisances is the only way we can develop as moral agents.
  • 'The world consists of circumstances  wherein persons have opportunities to develop and then lead moral lives. This means that their  circumstances must not be contaminated by Divinely ordained precepts and especially by the idea that good or evil behaviour will land them in heaven or hell.
  • Innocent opportunities and ingenuous challenges are necessary for human beings to fulfil their spiritual destiny.

What does this have to do with Pope John Paul II?  The logic is simple:  if God went to the expense of creating the world as a spiritual gymnasium and examination hall,  the last thing He would wish is to have this agenda revealed to candidates souls.  How could they develop as moral agents if they are infected with notions of terrifying punishments and sublime rewards?

Yet, for at least a thousand years,  most human beings have had some version of Revealed Truth rattling around in their heads.  The results include the terrible ways we have been treating the world and one another.  Is it not plausible that indifference to the state of the world and the fate of other people flows from believing that the earth is not our final home and that God loves those most who have chosen the true path?   We have certainly concluded that morally remiss human beings  (those who have chosen any other path but ours) must  be either converted or exterminated.

Finally, since immortal souls cannot really be murdered, extermination simply means sending them along to their well-deserved punishment.

This remarkable story describes the world as a battleground between forces of good and evil, angels and demons, us and them.

We are told that Satan and his minions are wonderfully subtle. Accordingly, before any more saints are canonised, an important question needs to be answered.  What could be subtler than sabotaging God’s plan by telling human beings about it?

Who has Pope John Paul II been working for?

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  1. Very well done , this view makes me wonder what Gods plan for us really is. I once thought I needed to go to church at all the right times to ensure a nice place for myself and my family in heaven, but I have grown away from that way of thinking. I don’t really know why. Maybe it was because I sensed the Devil there!

  2. I think you are probably right. If God is what we have been taught to believe in as a fair and just God then the ( Pope) would be caring more about the helpless and suffering children and people in his world rather than all the attention and wealth on show. Just my thought

  3. I doubt there is any deity; and frankly do not particularly WANT to be part of some plan to blackmail us into doing what we ought to do for our own good reasons as human and humane beings. I just do not think it makes any sense to believe that we got created so we could each spend a lifetime pussy footing around for fear of not living up to the standards of some alien being so that we can be fit company for it when we are dead. It’s ridiculous.

  4. No civilization can exist without God. The form that god actually takes in the minds of men depends on their religion, but when God ceases to exist in the theological sense, lawyers and scientists take his place. Man becoming God, or a few men with elitist fantasies becoming Gods is a sure recipe for a concentration of power and a decline of civilization where most of us make two bucks a day. This is communism/socialism and comminism/socialism requires the death of god so the state (oligarchy) can become God.

    Whatever form God takes, his laws are basically the same, they reflect some irrefutable moral laws that preserve natural right and freedom. The exact form of God is beyond our faculties of reason (yes I’m a Kantian), but the bible is a LAW BOOK – it is not only a moral guide but a book of law that has been the tradition of the Law Merchant for thousands of years.

    Freedom of will must be preserved, for freedom we need laws (not statutes and acts), these laws are in the bible.

  5. I’m an atheist, and as such the idea of an all powerful father figure, is anathema to me. For me ( a man of science) the views of religions, although useful as a guide to decent moral behavior in the past, are, more and more, being used as a powerful tool to herd and bully people into activities which the bullied may not even agree with but feel threatened by and powerless to fight against. In the past religious doctrines had value in that they provided populations with simple, transportable, and agreed upon codes of conduct that worked as a salve against the brutality of the biggest and most ambitious of a given society. Of course this only worked part of the time and not at all when one group coveted the fields and female stock of another. This is still true today, but with the added threat of super advanced tech. and the immediacy that it provides.
    I don’t believe in the tooth fairy and I don’t have faith that religions are going to prevent wars or disasters. In fact they are demonstrably the basis of ALL wars on the planet right now. However they should be used as a model for how to disseminate morality to the populations of the world, not based on the Easter bunny but of reason, science and fairness.

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