I have come to the conclusion that what we say about God is a whole more more about what we want to hear being said/done than a fact-based observation. I know for myself, I want to believe/I hope that God is more of the "hands-off God" entrusting me to make meaningful/value-able decisions rather then a God who cares so much to micro-manage me (so God's silence is one of impending doom).Roy wrote: ↑18 Sep 2023, 10:20 I am not a big fan of the idea that God has personalized plans for each of us (although I can understand the appeal and I think that this position could be fairly easily maintained/defended using moderate LDS sources). I prefer the idea that God has the same plan for each of us and that it only has a few requirements and the rest of our lives gets filled in with random chance and personal choices. In other words, I prefer the hands-off God to the micro-manager God.
It makes reading the Old Testament much more like a "story" of "who-dun-it" in the same vein as when you as a parent come home and hear 3 different narratives about "how the window was broken and by whom" from your children (and their related attention/anti-punishment bids) and their perspective.