A God that knows everything is called omniscient. Omniscience is the capacity to know everything and the concept of omniscience has been around for thousands of years dating as far back as Homer when he said “The gods know everything”. Omniscience is a characteristic of the god of most monotheistic religions. Is God in absolute control of everything that happens in the world, or in the universe? It must not be easy for anyone who has complete unlimited knowledge, awareness, and understanding of all things and is able to perceive all things that will ever happen. The question of, “Is it better to know or is it better to not know?”, is hard enough for humans to contemplate, but I wonder how God feels about this provocative question.
It is difficult to imagine anyone even God knowing everything, as the memory storage capacity needed for that is phenomenal. Does God need to rely on data compression techniques to store all of this information, and if so, how does this effect processing speed? The performance of the CPU is affected by the number of memory cores previously known as processors, its clock speed and the amount memory RAM and ROM. I would guess that God has some type of external storage where He keeps things that he does not need to access every day. If anyone has access to the cloud (on-demand availability of computer system resources), it would be God.
The cloud is changing how we perceive information and remember the world around us and the internet now contains information on almost every conceivable topic. If I want to know something, I Google it and others may ask Siri, or Alexa. This does not mean that the internet is as smart as God, or that it contains everything, but in the Bible, God does not say that He knows everything and in fact the word “omniscience” cannot be found in the Bible. This concept was developed by the church which is made up of men, so it is fallible. According to Luke 12:6-7, God knows the number of hair on your head, He knows the sparrows that fall to the ground, but this doesn’t say that He knows the sparrows that will fall to the ground a millions of years from now or how many hairs will be on your head in the future.
Knowledge makes a person accountable. Knowledge is power, and with great power comes great responsibility. Anyone who knows that something is going to happen but fails to act is guilty of inaction. If everything is in God’s hands, then He should not be sitting idly by, letting the cookies crumble and the dust fall. If God knows 100% of everything that has happened, is happening, or will happen, that should make Him responsible for everything that has happened in the past, is happening in the present and that will happen in the future. This is too much to ask of anyone, even of God, as nobody needs all that responsibility.
I wonder if God has to tune out certain information, or if He washed His hands of us after giving everyone free will and He no longer feels obligated to do anything, to make decisions, or to exert control over any situation. If I were God, I think it would be best not to know what was going to happen all the time, as that must be excruciatingly painful for certain events, although when good things do happen, He could always have a front row seat for them, because He knew it was going to happen. God sure has a lot on His plate, but concerning this provocative question for today, maybe it is best if it is left in God’s hands.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #4 Revisited concerning “Is it better to know or is it better to not know?”