The Constraint of God

I have just been pondering how God can kill so many in the Old Testament and yet preach love and forgiveness in the New Testament. I know this is a problem that troubles many Christians, and I’ve gone over it before. Usually, I tend to believe that great adversity is necessary for great good to come about. But a new angle has just occurred to me, which I will do my best to explain. I was introduced to this question in first year philosophy: if God is omnipotent, omniscient, and totally good then why is there evil in the world? I think that this philosophical question is linked with the explanation for the Old Testament behavior. Here is the question I ask: what if God’s greatest strength is also His greatest weakness? What if, by being omniscient, he is not in actuality omnipotent? What if the knowledge of what has been, what is, and will be, forces Him to act in a certain way? Thus knowledge would constrain the actions available to Him. To human beings, being omniscient is so alien that I think we are largely unable to wrap our heads around such a concept. But could such knowledge, if carried to logical conclusion, constrain God, force Him to act in the way that it is predestined he act? Would that not then answer both questions? We humans debate whether we are ruled by determinism or free will, but what if God is totally ruled by determinism because of His knowledge? Is it possible to even conceive of such an existence? Just some things to think about.

Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

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