That’s not Mr. Zimmerman’s exact quote. It was actually paraphrased by an overzealous Zimmerman-Hater in part to slander Zimmerman, but most likely to gather hits on his website. Even though that isn’t exactly what he said, it has nonetheless re-ignited passions and discussions. However, this post isn’t going to be about the Zimmerman case, but moreso a general observation of the religious mentality.
This was Zimmerman’s alleged ‘quote’, “It was a part of God’s plan for me to kill Trayvon”.
People’s instant response was, “No that wasn’t a part of God’s plan. God wouldn’t do that“. Well if you believe in God’s Divine Plan then how can you really disagree? Trayvon was killed that night, wasn’t he? God has a divine plan doesn’t he? And everything that occurs is a part of that plan, correct? Isn’t that the reason for the age-old adage, “God works in mysterious ways”? Perhaps Zimmerman killing Trayvon was one of those mysterious works of God?
I posed this question to a user on a message board and his response had to do with human free-will and what-not. The post on this blog titled, “If you believe in God, then you don’t believe in free-will”, was my response to him. I never received a reply back even though I saw his user-name under the ‘Currently viewing this topic’ list for quite some time afterward.
Its funny how when posed with a question such as, “why does God allow innocent people to suffer” (like the recent Theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado), many religiously-inclined will say that we cannot possibly understand God’s ways. His ways are ‘higher than ours’ etc etc etc. But then they will turn around and pretend to know how God thinks, now presumably understanding God’s ways. That’s when we get responses such as, “No, God wasn’t involved in that. That was human free-will” There is always a reason why God cannot be the culprit when something terrible occurs, but isn’t it funny how when things go right, then God was the one who did it?
Why couldn’t the Trayvon killing or the Colorado shooting all have been a part of God’s grand mysterious plan? The answer is as clear as day. Man created God, and in telling us what is and isn’t a part of God’s plan, man is adding more facets and complexities to the God character. It is no different than an author who pens the story of his main character. Just as Jason Bourne was subject to Robert Ludlum’s story-plot, God’s actions/purposes will change depending on each person’s needs.