God has a plan for you! I don't know how many times I heard that growing up and I'm sure many of you have heard much the same thing before as well, even non believers. It all ties into the overall theme Christians want you to know, that God created everything and he has a great plan for all of it and us. Oh, and you also have free will!
Soak that up for a second.
Now let's go back to the beginning and look at this again. God, in his omnipotence (and omniscience), created everything that is and everything that ever will be. He did so with a grand plan in mind. We are also to believe that he endowed us with free will. Separately, that all sounds warm and fuzzy, like a holy spirit snuggie. But upon further thought, this obvious flaw should be apparent. How is it that god has a grand plan and simultaneously we have free will.
Consider this, you challenge a friend to a game of chess and he accepts. You tell your friend that you have come up with an unbeatable plan, something so fool proof that you are guaranteed to win no matter what! Your friend has never played chess before so he suggests you give him a handicap (since you have a grand plan!) of his choosing. You, in your confidence of your plan, gladly accept. Your friend is clever though and suggests that you give your pieces free will to move as they please just as the game starts. How could you possibly win a game of chess this way, regardless of how grand your plan is? Obviously there would be an element of luck involved, but all in all, your plan would be pretty much shot to pieces. I see no plausible reason to believe that god has a grand plan while at the same time granting us all free will. It's pretty much one or the other.
Even still, let's look deeper into this purposed grand plan. Now god is the epitome of love and compassion, therefore we can assume that this ties into his grand plan, right? So god, our great cosmic engineer, created everything to go according to his grand plan of love and compassion and this includes you!
I should be more specific. It is widely known and accepted that the bible pretty explicitly states that many will not go to heaven. It implies that the vast majority will not meet the requirements to enter. This means that the love and compassion may not truly be for you, but only for some of you. Now the bible even goes so far as to state that even some Christians will not be granted access to heaven! Luke tells it this way in chapter 13:
23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
Now, let's forget that last part and for the sake of argument assume that everyone that claims Christianity (Even Rick Perry) will go to heaven. That still leaves us with something in the neighborhood of 5 billion (that's 5,000,000,000) people that will have lived (and therefore suffered) and died and will now be tortured for the rest of eternity. Not to mention the countless other billions that have already lived and died and not met the criteria. This leaves us with something in the area of 2 billion saved vs. 5 billion perished. Some plan.
So to summarize, we are to believe that an omnipotent, omniscient, omni-benevolent being, created everything that is with a grand plan of love and compassion that involves the suffering and eventual death and torture of the overwhelming majority. Seriously?