2.2.3 No. 022 – Misconceptions Concerning Omniscience

Not a few Protestant theologians are of the opinion that the future has been written in detail by the Almighty. Their reasoning is based upon the human concept of “perfection,” rather than upon the statement and example of the Scripture. They argue that God is “perfect,” and that a God who is perfect must have perfect knowledge of his Creation. Such perfection, they argue, must include detailed knowledge of the future.

Following this line of reasoning, they arrive at the absurd conclusion that the future has been written in detail, to the last degree. Some, standing in the Protestant Pulpit, assert that every puff of wind and every wiggle of a leaf and every blink of an eye has been scripted in advance, along with every thought and every action of every human. It is obvious that the man making such assertions has gone beyond the bounds of reason and sanity. Nonetheless, not a few take their speculation still further, asserting that God must know not only every event of the future, but also every possible outcome in every possible fork in the chain of events. But such conjecture is sheer madness. It is evident that such men worship a God made in their own image. Their God they envision is decrepit, slow, and weak; he is a God who cannot manage his creation unless its every action follows a script.

A further complication arises with regard to authorship of the script. If God obtains his knowledge of the future by “looking down the corridors of the future,” then he is looking at a script written by yet another God, namely Fate. Theologians sufficiently acute to foresee this dilemma may attempt to circumvent it, by asserting that God is looking at a script which he himself has written. But to adduce such as reality is to affirm that human existence is a mere farce, and to mock the concept of volition.

The truth of the matter is that, on occasion, the Lord God does indeed create individuals of the category “vessels of wrath”; they are created to serve a specific purpose and ultimately are destined for destruction. But vessels of wrath are the exception. As a rule, men have a volition by which each determines his course in life.

Perfection is a human concept; much like the human concept of Fairness, Perfection is not applicable to the Creator or to the Creation. The Creator, the Lord God, has no need to know in advance the details of the future. He is in no danger of losing control of his Creation. Consider:

No matter how it is packaged, the declaration that the future is known in comprehensive detail is the assertion of a fool. The future is certain and fixed in only one sense; those things which the Lord God has decreed he shall bring to pass.

(2021.12.18 2035gmt)