Okay, so some of us (thorubos people) are reading The Openness of God together, and I am doing okay with it, but it is challenging since I don't generally read real theology. But I do have some questions/thoughts:
Throughout the Bible, divine election typically represents a corporate call to service. It applies to groups rather than to individuals, and it involves a role in God's saving work in the present world rather than in the future life... (William Klein says) it pertains primarily to groups, not to the individuals who make up the group. (Pinnock 56)
okay, so if I'm understanding this correctly (which is a big "if" by the way) this means that God does, in fact, have a plan, but this plan is for groups of people, not neccesarily for individuals. So, for example, God could have a plan for thorubos, but not neccesarily for Bethany. This seems to resonate with especially the old testament. Prophesies and miracles seem to be about the NATION of ISRAEL and not individuals. Of course, some individuals are called to specific representative or leadership role, like Abraham, Moses, Gideon, etc. This idea makes theodicy easier, since individual lives aren't supposed to make sense. But I don't know if I'm ready to just give up the idea of God having a plan for each individual. I mean, what about watching after sparrows and counting hairs on people's heads?
Or maybe I'm misunderstanding the book.