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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Is the Christian god actually all knowing?

The idea of an all knowing god is one that Christians have not thought though very well. Let’s take a look at gods track record. Creates Lucifer who rebels against him. Didn't see that one coming. God knew that Satan would rebel in heaven, yet he created him anyway AND called him the greatest of his angels.Creates Adam and Eve who disobey him. Didn't see that one coming. God knew that Adam and Eve would eat the forbidden fruit, yet placed the tree within easy access of the two. Kills everyone to fix the problem except a righteous person but ends up with the exact same problems, Didn't see that one coming. God knew that Noah and his kin would start sinning as soon as they got off the ark, yet, he decided to start over with humanity with these flawed people. It is like realizing that a batch of bread is tainted and throwing it away, yet making another batch of bread with the same mixture and then being surprised that it is also tainted. Sends Jesus to Earth to fix the problem and allows his son to get killed. He saw that one coming. Somehow this was his master plan all along. (Why he didn't start off with the death of Jesus is anyone’s guess – That all knowing stuff is really hard) And he still ends up with the exact same issues and problems. Didn't see that one coming either. Now, this perfect god somehow created imperfect laws that Jesus had to fix.  And since Jesus was involved with the creation, why didn't he simply tell pops about all this at the beginning and avoid all the problems and bloodshed? Perhaps god enjoys a good massacre?

The Bible says God is perfect in knowledge, knows all thoughts, all secrets, sees all and no-one can hide from God. See: 1 Samuel 2:3,Job 28:2437:1642:2Psalm 44:21139:4,7-8147:5Proverbs 15:3Jeremiah 16:17,23:24Acts 1:24Hebrews 4:13Matthew 10:30 and 1 John 3:19-20. Yet there are plenty of times when God doesn't know things, such as where people are. Check these verses:
  • Genesis 3:8-13 - Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord, amongst the trees of the garden, and God had to go find them, and then asks them questions. Either Adam and Eve are so dumb that they can't grasp that God is all-knowing, or, God is genuinely asking because it doesn't know the answers.
  • Genesis 18:20-21 - "20Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”"
  • Genesis 32:22-30 - In this obscure story, Jacob wrestles with God in bodily form and sees God face-to-face. God asks Jacob what Jacob's name is; yet an all-knowing god would surely know!
  • Numbers 22:9 - Balaam and some Moabite officials spend a night waiting for God, who duly pops down for a visit, "And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?" An all-knowing God would have known.
  • Job 1:72:2 - "And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
  • Hosea 8:4 - Some princes of Israel were set up without God's knowledge.
Sometimes, it is said in the Bible that God tests people. In Deuteronomy 8:1-2 God reveals that the 40-years in the wilderness was a test done by God to find out what was in people's hearts - whether they would still obey orders. In Deuteronomy 13:1-5 God sends some false prophets and wonder-workers as tests to see if people will follow other gods, and in 2 Chronicles 32:31 God is doing similar fact-finding tests. Yet an all-knowing God, creator of all time, knows exactly who will pass any tests, and knows exactly what is in everyone's heart. So either God is lying about his reasons, or, god is not actually all-knowing

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