A Fate Debate


“For I know the plans I have for you; plans to give you hope and a future.” 

-Jeremiah 29:11

I don’t fancy myself too religious. I guess I’m at that stage in my life where that sort of thing finds its way to the backseat. That being said, there are some pretty cool things that come from religious texts or resources.

Like that one book. The Bible.

So I was in a talk the other day and the speaker, a nun (who also happens to be the President of the university I attend), spoke about the kwote above. In or out of the context she discussed the kwote, it’s very eloquent. Being so fancy-schmancy, it struck me. At first, I thought it meant that fate exists. I thought that it meant that God has a plan for us. A very specific (and apparently hopeful) plan that dictates our futures.

But, upon further pondering, I’m wondering if that’s what this kwote really means.

Literally, the kwote says that God has “…plans to give you hope and a future.” So, according to the kwote, God does have plans for a future. But, in my opinion, the key word in the kwote is “a.” And as you let the irony of a word so small being the key word in the sentence, think about this; the kwote doesn’t say, “I have the future planned,” it says, “I have a future planned.” What exactly happens in this future that the good Lord’s talkin’ about isn’t specified. To me, it seems like it’s open to our influence. It seems like we decide where we go and what our future holds, and God’s role is to make sure that the future simply exists and is hopeful.

But those are just my thoughts. Really, I’d like to know what you think.

What does the kwote mean to you? What’s your interpretation?

Do you believe in fate? Is that a thing? Or do we all fly by the seats of our pantaloons and decide our own futures?

Fifty gold dabloons to all ye who answer!

But seriously, thoughts and ideas are appreciated. Like I said, I’m not very religious, so I don’t pretend to know exactly what I’m talking about. I just have an opinion based on what I feel, so if some of you have differing opinions based on different feelings, facts, or information, I’d love to hear what’s on your mind.

End Kwote

4 thoughts on “A Fate Debate

  1. I agree with your interpretation. He has a plan… but, that doesn’t mean we have to go along with it. We have the ability to choose our own path. It may not be as nice as they one he had planned for us, but, that’s all part of the human experience.

  2. I think I agree with your interpretation. Free will is always in play, and every decision impacts the next, no matter how major or minute.

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