ISIPFEDOYL

Fred Clark, in yet another post lambasting the issues with the Left Behind series, also tackles a more general issue that is reflected in the novels:

He writes:

This idea of God’s intensely specific individual plan for every detail of your life is a feature of American evangelical piety that we’d be better off without. It’s almost always a source of misery and almost never any help. It burdens Christians with anxiety over decisions that don’t need to be so fraught with moral implication. Choosing a major is hard enough without adding the notion that choosing “wrong” is tantamount to disobeying God.

Obsessing over God’s ISIPFEDOYL also tends to function as a way of distracting ourselves from “the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith.” If you’re worried about following God’s will, remember that it boils down to this: Love God and love your neighbor. That’s “God’s will for your life.” Take care of that and don’t worry about God’s ISIPFEDOYL.

You can see from that what ISIPFEDOYL stands for: (God’s) intensely specific individual plan for every detail of your life. It is a notion that is also tackled in this image from the blog Stuff Fundies Like:

 

 

  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    “If you’re worried about following God’s will, remember that it boils down to this: Love God and love your neighbor. ”

    This sentence is wonderful, for progressive Christians such as myself this belongs to the very heart of the Gospel.
    And if we find that human AND Biblical commands get in the way of applying this rule, we ought to reject them even if this means revising our doctrines of Biblical inspiration.

    I’ve given an example of this concerning the alleged sinfulness of homosexuality:
    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/on-the-sinfulness-of-homsexuality-von-der-sundigkeit-der-homosexualitat-deutschunten/

    We Christians desperately need to focus on what Jesus told us were the greatest commands and even rejects human commands within the Bible undermining this high ethic, as our Lord Himself did by teaching us to love our enemies as ourselves.

    Otherwise Christendom cannot bring up any coherent answer to the challenges raised by the New Atheists.

    Lovely greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com

  • dangjin

    ” If you’re worried about following God’s will, remember that it boils down to this: Love God and love your neighbor.”

    Progressive forget that love is defined in 1 Cor. .13 and one who loves another ‘believes all things’. The progressive Christian does not love God for they do not believe all of what God says. They claim that deceived secular scientists have the truth over God.

    They don’t love God, they call him a liar and inept. They praise secular people over him and champion their words over his. the progressive christian has a lot to learn about what love really is.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Well, that may be the worst interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13 I have encountered thus far in my life. You really want to claim that Paul, rather than referring to all the various ways that love “believes all things” that spring immediately to mind, was actually saying, “if you have genuine love, you will believe everything I am writing in this letter – and in other letters I have yet to write – especially when they are all collected together into a thing called the Bible”?

      Love is gullible, apparently, but I don’t think that is what Paul was advocating – being gullible. But you, on the other hand, are clearly gullible enough to think that being a Christian requires taking a conspiracy theory approach to science. I hope that one day you discover the love Paul wrote about, and not the pseudo-love that your eisegesis reads into his letters.


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