- God is eternal.
- God is infinite.
- God is self-sufficient and self-existent.
- God is omnipresent (present everywhere).
- God is omnipotent (all powerful).
- God is omniscient (all knowing).
- God is unchanging or immutable.
Let’s assume Christians are right about his attributes and start with the list above. He is all powerful, all knowing, and never changing. Therefore, he knows everything he will ever do forever. And he can never change his “mind.” What’s done is done. Plus, although it’s not in the list above, we can assume he’s perfect. At least that’s what I remember they told me in church/Sunday school. So just with those attributes, all the decisions are made for him. All the perfect decisions have already been made. There is nothing for him to do but execute them. So he is essentially just an actor in a play reading his lines. You would say if you were a Christian that the lines were all written by him but were they? He has come up with the perfect list of tasks and cannot change them. He is bound by his perfection to choose only one path.
God knows that you are going to pray and what his answer will be before any of it happens. And if he knows everything he will ever do, why does he even need to be there? He may as well be a computer with a set of instructions. He never needs to make any decisions because they are all already made. He can never change his mind because that would show that he’s imperfect in his decision making. He’s in a strait jacket of eternal actions. I can’t think of anything much more boring for myself than knowing everything I would ever do for my whole life and that’s short. Imagine knowing everything for everyone forever? You could never enjoy a movie with a twist because you have already seen it. Your whole “life” is a movie you’ve already seen.
I contend that even if there was a God, he wouldn’t have these attributes. And furthermore, I contend that the people giving him these attributes are short-sighted and don’t think of the philosophical conundrums they induce. But when God doesn’t reveal himself, he’s left it to us to assign him attributes, why should we cut him short? We can make him all knowing, all seeing, all powerful. Why leave room for some other God to come in and overtake him? Like all evolution, we have gone through all the smaller gods who simply controlled the weather and stars and seas and wound up with a GOD who can do it all.
It reminds me of a line in “This is Spinal Tap” talking about the “blackness” of their album cover.
Nigel Tufnel: It’s like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.