“God’s Plan for Us” or “God’s Dream”?

We like to use the phrase “God’s plan for us” without thinking through the consequences. If we are acting out God’s plan then we have no free will. Moreover if we model God as a parent we have to recognise that a good parent doesn’t have a plan for their child but rather has an aspiration – or dream. A parent’s dream is usually that their child has a fulfilled life; so in terms of God, he/she/it wants sentient species capable of living and relating to each other in a loving manner. The reality, therefore, of the relationship between the creator and man (the species) is ‘God’s Dream’ not ‘God’s Plan’.