Thursday, 6 January 2011
A couple of questions that have crossed my mind today...
1. Does God know the future?
a) If you answer yes to this question, then does it follow that the future is immutable? That everything that has happened, is happening and will ever happen is set in stone and cannot be changed? If this is the case, then what is the point of any of it happening at all? It certainly cannot be just to satisfy curiosity. Also, doesn't this scenario completely remove personal responsibility for any action, no matter how vile? Any action can be justified by saying that this is the way it had to happen...it was all part of God's plan.
b) If you answer no to this question, then doesn't that make God fallible? Imperfect and fully capable of making mistakes? If He doesn't know the future then He's just waiting to see how it will all turn out just like the rest of us. Certainly humanizes an otherwise very distant and unfathomable deity.
2. If all of humanity simply ceased existing right now, vanished off the face of the Earth without a trace, how long would it be until the things we made would start blowing up and how would the Earth be damaged without any maintenance on all these automatic things that we have created? Also, if aliens visit the Earth about 2 weeks after we have all vanished, what do you think they would make of what's left behind? Do you think they would understand all of our artifacts and see what logic there is in them? Would they be able to understand how we lived? Better yet, would they be able to understand WHY we lived the way we did? Do we? Would they be able to garner some higher meaning from the human experience that we cannot see, being too close to the subject matter? What could that meaning possibly be?
If I see a few answers (and maybe eventually even if I do not) I'll post my own answers to these questions. However, I would seriously like to hear your thoughts on these subjects, whoever you are.