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.
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 . . .