I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own – a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.
Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism. Albert Einstein (New York Times, April 19, 1955)
I must be the problem…
On a regular basis, religious people in my life try to convince me of how god wants to be in my life. When I bring up the fact that I did search for god before realizing there is none, I usually get told “I was not listening the right way.” How is it my fault that an omnipotent and omniscient being was unable to communicate it’s existence to me?
If a god did exist and wanted me to know about it don’t you think it would be able to convince me?
Omniscience or Free Will? You Can’t Have Both.
One thing that I have never understood about Christians is how they can believe that god is omniscient and still believe in free will. Those two concepts are not compatible.
If god is omniscient as the bible says (Psalm 147:5, Job 37:16, 1 Samuel 2:3, Job 28:24, Psalm 139:4, etc.), then that means he knows everything that is going to happen. That would mean all things are predetermined to happen. If god knows what decisions we are going to make then the “gift of free will” is a meaningless gift.
The only way free will could have any meaning would be if god did not know the outcome to the decisions that we make. That would mean that we would actually have to prove our faith and loyalty to god. This would also mean that god is not all knowing.
Somebody once tried to explain it to me by saying that god can see all the possible paths, but you have to choose the right one. If that is the case, god is not all knowing, it is mostly knowing. That eliminates gods omniscience.
Another person put up the argument that, we don’t know the outcome of our decisions so that is why we have free will. In reality that is true, but if there is a god that already knows what is going to happen that means that the outcome of our decisions is already predetermined. So even if you don’t know what is going to happen, the cards have already been dealt.
You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that’s clear-
I will choose Free Will.
Freewill (Chorus) - Rush