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  1. #1 God and the Paradox of Omniscience. 
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    For believers in the Christian faith, one of the greatest attributes of God is "omniscience". It means all-knowing. In other words, God knows everything that ever was, is now and ever will be. But there is an inherent paradox in this, or so it seems. Surely there is with respect to man's interpretation of this power.

    God created Earth, placed humans here, and then determines who goes to heaven, and who goes to hell. Only those who walked the right path to heaven would enter. All others would face eternal damnation. (Or thereabouts.)

    But if God is truly omniscience, he already knows what each of us will do in our lives, so why would he do such a thing? Above all, this seems like one of the greatest paradoxes posed by God's omniscience. If he knows everything that will happen, why fool around with all these activities? Shouldn't he have something better to do?

    For an immortal, perhaps it is one way of passing eternity. After all, even a god needs to have some fun!


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    For an immortal, perhaps it is one way of passing eternity.
    Would omniscient God know what it's like to suffer death? Would any immortal? Would any divinity?


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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    For an immortal, perhaps it is one way of passing eternity.
    Would omniscient God know what it's like to suffer death? Would any immortal? Would any divinity?
    It would seem omniscience provides the capacity to know everything. So yes, a god "suffering" any mortal feelings would be possible.

    That is perhaps a good reason for the creation of humans, to play out their emotions (both good and bad) as a means of recreation. After all, the issue is about the deity, not the creations.

    The question is about a logical reason for an omniscience god to create things that he already knows everything about, and all that will come of it. Appears nonsensical, except to believers.

    It all seems rather ungodly to some of us!
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    Deploy Dawkins from The God Delusion.
    “Can omniscient God, who Knows the future, find The omnipotence to Change His future mind?”

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