Originally posted by Loki
I used to consider myself a good christian, until I found this.
I hope your faith is strong.
GE 1:31 God was pleased with his creation.
GE 6:5-6 God was not pleased with his creation.
(Note: That God should be displeased is inconsistent with the concept of omniscience.)
ERRR...wrong, it is NOT inconsistent with the concept of omniscience. And this is one topic I don't mind discussing at length because I struggled
with Genesis 6 myself.
Let's first look at the translations and we'll take them from both KJV and the Torah:
Genesis 6:6 KJV:
And it repented the Lord that He had made man n the earth, and it grieved him at His heart.
Genesis 6:6 Torah:
And the Lord regretted that He had made man on earth, and His heart was saddened.
Okay, taking this in context - which always must be done, this is during Noah's time and humanity had gone to hell in a handbasket so to speak.
Let's review why God made us in the first place. He made us as a unique creature (as far as we know) in that He gave us free moral agency. He
empowered us with the ability to love Him, to believe Him at WILL, not be force, or by "knowledge" of His existence...but as an act of choice and
belief. This results in a gift back to God in the form of free-will LOVE to Him.
One can look at this creation and the hopeful result and see that God obviously wants the result coming back to Him. One must also take into account
that the free moral agency we are endowed with is that "image" in which we are created...hence, God is a free-moral agent as well. He has the power
of choice. That He CAN know all does not equate to Him knowing all. He can choose not to know something.
If you view the timeline of humanity or, let's say the blueprint laid out within the confines of the Bible, as a ruler that one can move along (if
you had the power of omniscience) and view every point, one merely chooses not to move to see a particular point.
God has allowed a matrix of outcomes for each of us individually, as well as for humanity as whole. That He knows the "big picture" outcome
(primarily because He'll play a grand part in bringing it about) does not equate to him busy-bodying through the ages with His omniscience wand to
see "what's going to happen next".
In summary, that God took the time to create us with the ability to willingly provide Him love and obesiance shows that He wants to be surprised.
There was no point in it in the first place if this is not true.