God knows

One man’s thoughts on Easter:

Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I’ve been reminded, an untold number of times, of God’s omniscience ~ him with the big voice and handsome beard.  I’ve been led to believe that everything the scary old fella’ has in store for us is pre-ordained.  Apparently He’s had it all worked out for years, decades, millennia and not just for us human beings either, poor diminished weasels that we are, but for the whole world and everything in it ~ clouds, earwigs, medicine, door knobs, rocks and liver, sex and bunions.  You name it, it’s been part of the master plan since the beginning of time, that’s what I’ve been told anyway.

But I’m not so sure because on a human level it doesn’t make a great deal of sense.  On any level actually.

The trouble with knowing everything and foreseeing everything that’s going to happen to everyone and everything is that it would be boring.  Sure, it might be fun for a few minutes but that’s about it, from then on it would be unutterably, brain-numbingly tiresome.  And God, being the biggest Know-it-all of all would not be surprised by anything, he would have no adventures, make no awesome discoveries and crucially, He would know everything about Himself and would therefore know beforehand how He was going to react in every situation.  He would have no secrets from Himself and consequently no interesting character traits to reveal.  He would be flawed by the very fact of being flawless.

If there is a God, and there probably might be, right?  And if, as we’re being asked to believe, it was this God who created heaven and earth and all the other bits and bobs.  And if we’re also to believe He’s the über Creator, the Mega-Boss in charge of everything, it would be reasonable to assume he would have foreseen just how boring it was going to become and factor in, I don’t know, a loose cannon, a fly in the ointment, something over which He could have absolutely no control to spice things up, to circumvent the likelihood of going insane, to keep him on his celestial toes as it were.

Perhaps for just that purpose, He might have invented something called “free will” and distributed it freely amongst the human race.  Then again, He would have foreseen how easily “free will” could be manipulated by rich and powerful humans for their own ends to the detriment of everyone else and decide it wasn’t a very good idea.

And also, thinking about Easter and all, if Jesus is God’s son and everything really is pre-ordained and Jesus actually communicated with his dad, then it’s reasonable to assume he would have known he wasn’t really going to die.  He would have known, even as they hammered in the nails, that he was going to live again to save us all and not remain cooped up in that cave with the boulder firmly blocking the entrance.  He would have known, wouldn’t he, whether or not humanity was worth saving.

I’m fairly sure about that . . .

© Rivenrod 2015

7 thoughts on “God knows

  1. That would be a very sad and boring existence… where would the wonderful fit in? Unfortunately, as a rational person it is difficult to believe in the magic of an omnipotent being…. and who would really want that anyway?I would imagine there would be no conquering of challenges… and then- what is the point anyway?

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    • Hello Ladyquirky, great name by the way.

      Does God exist? Does the version of a god I have in my head at any time exist? Sometimes I think, maybe, other times I think not. The thing is, if some of us can believe in God, each and every person will have a different idea of what God is. So, when faced with an almost infinite variety of manifestations of God and infinite interpretations of His works (if believed) we humans, simply cannot get our heads around it all. The question is just too big.

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      • I struggle with that question. The only answer I know for sure is that God does not exist for me in the sense of the religious God that I grew up with. The whole idea of some grand puppetmaster that is sitting in the clouds watching humanity fight in his name is not real or rational for me. I don’t believe in an afterlife (most of the time) but, I do believe in spirituality- which muddles the waters further. The question is so big that at times it is frightening to contemplate.

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  2. An interesting, thought provoking post RR that aligns with something that crept into the gray matter today and has refused to dislodge. Perhaps I shall post soon… answer me this, though, do you believe that the word of God was created to create order within the civilized world?

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    • The word of God. We only have a human being’s word for it that God him or her self created the Word of God.

      In approx. 1700 to 1600 BC, it was a conscious decision by Hammurabi of the Babylonians to have his priests or wise men invent a form of writing specifically for communicating Law to the wider population. Rather peculiar given that very, very few people were literate in the new escribed language. In that sense what was dispensed was the Word of Hammurabi. Since those times one of the principal uses for the written word has been to dispense Law.

      Perhaps “the Word of God” came about as a result of storytellers needing tacit confirmation that they spoke the truth. They invented the Word of God as if to say, “well, I have a god on my side. If you don’t believe me, believe the word of god. Here it is, written in this scroll”.

      I think the Word of God, so to say, is a very human invention.

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  3. All of which underscores a timeless proverb: “Beliefs form the boundaries of our imagination, beyond which it may not go.” But if you don’t believe in anything, then what with certainty can you know? Put another way, ‘context’ and ‘truth’ are inseparable. If you remove one, you loose the other as well. (In which case, it is probably best that humans are more strongly driven by hormones than beliefs.)

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    • ” . . . more strongly driven by hormones than beliefs” I agree hence the human delectation for murder and such other “natural” preoccupations despite the fact that most of us have the built in ability to “imagine” the consequences of our actions.

      With healthy imaginations intact we are not only able to “imagine” what might happen next in most situations but we are also free and as such less controllable. For this very reason, Governments of wealthy countries (largely those countries run by Big Business) have for years implemented programmes to systematically eliminate imagination, as well as the ability to think (creatively), from state education. Ironic when you consider that without finely developed imagination the human race, such as it is, would almost certainly have died out many millennia ago.

      You may have guessed that I have little faith, or belief, in longevity of the human race.

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