uneasiness with omniscience

2009-08-24-cons-of-omniscience
Big Brother is watching us.  And that makes us uneasy.  The uproar concerning the recent scanning technology at the airport is an example of our distaste for someone knowing our inner secrets.  And yet, all of our internet visits are tracked.  All of our credit purchases are tracked.  All of our mileage is recorded on the odometer.  All of our phone calls are monitored.  All our taxes, all our grades, all our finances, all our electicity usage, all our water usage…  We think we do things in private.  And we blindly feign ignorance because we want to think we are our own individual person.

In contrast to our lust for privacy, then, imagine what God sees.  Many years ago, Arthur Pink wrote: "The apprehension of [God's] omniscence ought to bow us in adoration before Him.  Yet how little do we meditate upon this Divine perfection!  Is it because the very thought of it fill us with uneasiness?" (17)

We like our privacy.  We think it is an inalienable right.  The pursuit of privacy.  And yet, it is a vain pursuit done in vain.

Pink went on: "How solemn is this fact: nothing can be concealed from God!  ' For I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them!' (Ezek 11:5).  Though He be invisible to us, we are not so to Him.  Neither the darkness of night, the closest of curtains, nor the deepest dungeon can hide any sinner from the eyes of Omniscience." (17)

Consider this twist:  If we are uneasy with God's omniscience… then how must it be for God?  He is aware of all that we do.  He knows our thougths.  That's sad.  It sickens me to know some of my own thoughts… I can't imagine knowing everyone else's.

*Taken from Pink, Arthur W. The Attributes of God (Baker, 1975).

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