Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Reformed understanding of 'plan'

A dark joke quoted by Ben Gibbard, a singer (H/T: Valerie Tjahjono):

How do you make God laugh?

You make a plan.


Gibbard elaborates why he feels that this one-liner sounds true:
"Nobody ever makes a plan that they're gonna go out and get hit by a car. A plan almost always has a happy ending. Essentially, every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time. I really like the idea of a plan not being seen as having definite outcomes, but more like little wishes."
(The Mixonline website: Rick Clark, Death Cab for Cutie, dated 1 January 2006, http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_death_cab_cutie_2/index.html)
What does Epistle of James say?
"Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil."
(James 4.13-16)

2 comments:

Martin Yee said...

Haha. Nice wry humour indeed. Calvin's idea of God's pre-ordination is apparently driven by Aristotelian causation concept. Not sure if that is true though.

Sze Zeng said...

I LOL when I came across it. Fortunately I wasn't in the library!

On Aristotle's influence on Calvin, I also have no idea. Though I'm a Presby, but my knowledge of Calvin is very limited. Which means it's time for me to learn more about him! :-)