<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /> <title>Note: Blog - The Great Plan of God (Theo Todman's Web Page)</title> </head><body> <a name="Top"></a> <h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Notes Pages</h1><hr><h2>Blog</h2><h3>The Great Plan of God</h3><p class = "Centered">(Text as at 16/09/2007 07:29:17)<br><br>(For earlier versions of this Note, <a href="#TableOfPreviousVersions">see the table at the end</a>)</p><hr> <P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>How would I have revealed my overall plan to them?</B><BR><BR>If I had a specific plan that couldn t be deduced from the natural world as such (ie. my plan involves non-natural events, or at least events that belong to human society), then I d have to tell them (assuming I wanted them to know). So, I m happy with Special Revelation as a concept, and am insistent that there would need to be such. The question is, what form would it take, and how would I deliver it? <BR><BR>As said <a name="1"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_5/Notes_562.htm">before</A><SUP>1</SUP>, as I know how useless human beings are at following instructions, I d have a number of contingency plans in case the message wasn t transmitted by the appointed messengers. <BR><BR>I d either have overridden the humanity of my authors and revealed facts that couldn t possibly have been known (so as to authenticate the rest of the narrative) (Sylvia s <a name="2"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_5/Notes_591.htm">Response</A><SUP>2</SUP>) or I d have worked with the natural limitations of the authors, and expected people to interpret the narrative, warts and all, in that light. This is a matter of interpretation, and the latter approach seems the more likely to me. If I d intended a middle ground  an inerrant but (as far as  non-spiritual matters are concerned) non-revelatory account, I d have made sure the mode of interpretation was clearer (Sylvia s <a name="3"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_5/Notes_592.htm">Response</A><SUP>3</SUP>) so as not to cast stumbling-blocks in the path of conscientious thinkers (or would have put a stop in the mouths of fundamentalists who want an easy exegetical life ( just look it up in the book ). <BR><BR>Additionally, I wouldn t have given my plans for the end times in such an impenetrable code that no-one can understand them, but so that an army of exegetes can be happily but uselessly employed writing mutually incompatible interpretations. (Sylvia s <a name="4"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_5/Notes_593.htm">Response</A><SUP>4</SUP>) Edward de Bono (in a rare moment of non-repetitive insight) advises those thinkers who want to have a large following to  be obscure , then a large high-priest cult of interpreters will arise, and there will be lots of academic jobs to go round (I m not sure who he had in mind here, but philosophers like Hegel, Heidegger or Wittgenstein fit the bill nicely).</P> <a name="TableOfPreviousVersions"></a><BR><HR><h3 class= "Left">Table of the Previous 3 Versions of this Note:</h3> <TABLE class = "ReadingList" WIDTH=700> <TR><TD WIDTH="20%" class = "BridgeCenter"><strong>Date</strong></TD> <TD WIDTH="10%" class = "BridgeRight"><strong>Length</strong></TD> <TD WIDTH="70%" class = "BridgeLeft"><strong>Title</strong></TD></TR> <TR><TD class = "BridgeCenter">14/09/2007 16:48:00</TD> <TD class = "BridgeRight">2142</TD> <TD class = "BridgeLeft"><A HREF = "Notes_564_39339700.htm">The Great Plan of God</A></TD></TR> <TR><TD class = "BridgeCenter">30/08/2007 21:20:10</TD> <TD class = "BridgeRight">2053</TD> <TD class = "BridgeLeft"><A HREF = "Notes_564_39324889.htm">The Great Plan of God</A></TD></TR> <TR><TD class = "BridgeCenter">28/08/2007 14:51:22</TD> <TD class = "BridgeRight">24</TD> <TD class = "BridgeLeft"><A HREF = "Notes_564_39322619.htm">The Great Plan of God</A></TD></TR> </TABLE> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><TR> <TH WIDTH="25%">Note last updated</TH> <TH WIDTH="50%">Reference for this Topic</TH> <TH WIDTH="25%">Parent Topic</TH></TR> <TR><TD WIDTH="25%">16/09/2007 07:29:17</TD> <TD WIDTH="50%">564 (The Great Plan of God)</TD> <TD WIDTH="25%"><A href ="../../Notes/Notes_3/Notes_376.htm">Thinking God's Thoughts After Him. 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