Ten Bible verses: God is omniscient

March 10, 2010

Ten Bible verses which indicate that God is awesome – he is omniscient (all knowing):

Job 37:16

Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge.

Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.

1 Samuel 2:3

Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.

Isaiah 55:9

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Job 28:24

For he looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.

1 John 3:19-20

By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.

Hebrews 4:13

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Isaiah 46:9

I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done.

Matthew 10:30

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

Psalm 139:4

Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.

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  2. nilj Says:

    AMEN.. PRAISE GOD!!!! IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE PRAY THAT ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT IS JESUS IS THE VERY SAME GOD.. GOD BLESS US ALL. IN JESUS NAME. AMEN. BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN..


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  4. Nuno Moreno Says:

    I believe in God and in Jesus (maybe not completely the Jesus bible claims) but God being omniscience is extremely contradictory and God does not contradict himself.
    He cannot know the future (have you thought in the consequences of this)…but knows some unavoidable things like the end of the world. Scientifically he can know what is in you mind before you for the conscience is a result of what you already know, a small projection of the self. In the bible, there is nothing mentioning omniscience like Christians say now, and the verses you pointed are a good example of that.

  5. C. Smith Says:

    Nuno Moreno, how is God being omniscient extremely contradictory? I have followed those thoughts to a beautiful and elegant end. It is possible by science if God is outside our universe (and if He created our universe, He must be), because time itself is a facet of our universe. Anything outside it may be able to percieve all of it, past, present, and future, at once.

    Furtermore, there is no contradiction. If God is omniscient, then He knew all things from the beginning, including that Satan would rebel, that Eve would be tempted, and that mankind would fall. None of this surprised Him. Indeed, He allowed all this to happen. But remember, ‘All things work for the good of those who serve the Lord and are called according to His purpose.’ Even the Fall. How else could Man have both free will and an intimate, unshackable understanding of the consequences of sin? If God made us with that knowledge, then we would not truely have the free will to sin, as His knowledge granted to us would mean only an insane man would choose to sin, and insanity is itself the result of the Fall.

  6. Elaine M Says:

    C. Smith! That was an awesome, God-inspired reply to Nuno Moreno! To God be the glory!

  7. jeffwalthers Says:

    Though these 10 verses were posted over a year ago, they are exactly what I needed today. Glory to God!

  8. Holy Samurai Says:

    The word “omniscient” is nowhere to be found in the Holy Bible. The word “omniscient” is a literary term created in the late 1500s.
    Stop trying to put a label on God in order to fully understand Him using feeble human methods, as this is impossible.

    Humans have free will, they have the ability to make a choice. This is a gift of God. There are Bible verses that are testament to this. No where in the Bible does it state or give any indication that the choices and nature of all people are preset.

    God has an ultimate plan for the world, and He will use whom he deems worthy to accomplish His goals. Even those whom he plans to use have the choice whether or not to follow.

    The idea of all actions in the future to every living creature being known by God because he set them to be as such is an elitist mentality created by religious fanatics that choose to live in an ignorant state of their own vulnerability.

    Salvation is something we have to believe in, choose, and work for in His name. There is no living soul predestined for Heaven or Hell. That is not part of God’s plan. You have to plan to choose God. God only knows if you will choose Him based upon what is currently in your heart.


  9. C. Smith, God is not omniscient. Terribly sorry to burst your bubble and that of all other christians but you must think about this very carefully. If God knows everything, then he knows every single thought, behaviour, action that we do even before we are born. If this is the case then our future is predetermined and thus we have absolutely no free will. Ultimately, we live exactly the way God intends us to live. If we commit murder, God wanted us to do so, if we are homosexual, God wanted us to be so, and so on. This would mean that God created many of us knowing already that our sole end is eternal damnation. We are literally born for the fires of hell and he knows verry well who will end up there and there is not a single thing we can do to change it. Thats some benevolent God you got there.

  10. Neil Grepke Says:

    I am a lifelong Christian and a teacher of theology and yet I question whether or not God is “omniscient” in the manner we tend to ascribe to Him. However, Mr. Antoniades’s logic is severely flawed. Knowing something and ordaining it are two radically different things. I’ve heard this claim before and I find it baffling. There are lots of things I KNOW that I don’t MAKE happen. I know that my kids are going to wake up at the butt crack of dawn. That doesn’t mean I make it happen. Even if I had God’s omnipotence, simply KNOWING something does not automatically equate to desiring it or even influencing it.

    To mock God’s love for us by assuming a benevolent God could not KNOW about evil and yet allow it without ordaining it is to apply human, earthly logic to something that is simply beyond us. It’s also to operate on the presumption that this life is the most important thing we have to experience. To paraphrase Paul, these present sufferings are nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in us. As was stated earlier, God gave us free will in love, knowing that a life without it would be meaningless and a life with it would result in sin and some temporary suffering. While I think you can make other cases with Scripture that He may know everything, Antoniades’s claim falls on its face.

  11. Tim Says:

    The original poster gave 10 verses in support of his position that God is omniscient. Interesting to me here is the fact that none of the refuters have provided any biblical support for the notion that God is not omniscient. Instead, they are proudly relying on their own mind to rationalize this thought. I recommend these particular individuals reread one of the above verses:

    1 Samuel 2:3

    Talk no more so very proudly,
    let not arrogance come from your mouth;
    for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
    and by him actions are weighed.

    If you want to belive God is not omniscient, that is your “free will,” but if you want to teach that He is not omniscient, then you better start biblically supporting your position.

  12. Neil Says:

    Tim, I appreciate your post. Normally I find myself in your role. I guess I figured the “case” for God perhaps being NOT omniscient — a case I have NO DESIRE to make — was self-evident. For example, if the end goal is for us to live in perfection where there is no sin, why give us free will here on this earth? For me, it is sufficient to say God’s ways are not our ways, but it doesn’t completely erase the possibility that God did not foresee our fall, or Satan’s for that matter.

    The Biblical hint of non-omniscience is even more “compelling.”
    1. Gen. 2:18-25 God realizes that Adam needs a help and when it is “discovered” that none of the original creation is fit for that, He decides to create woman.
    2. Gen. 3:8-13 God asks Adam and Eve “where are you” and asks Eve “what have you done?”
    3. Gen 6: “5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” How can God be sorry or regret something if He always knew it would turn out exactly that way?
    4. There are many references to God “coming down” to “see” something, like Gen. 11: “5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Were we really going to be able to do “anything” if we kept one language?
    5. Gen 18:21 “I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
    6. etc.

    I have no desire to “prove” that God is not omniscient, and I certainly don’t want to blaspheme God, but these sorts of verses make me wonder and the typical “convenient” interpretations of these verses is not fully clarifying for me.

  13. Tim Says:

    Neil,

    Thanks for attempting to provide some Biblical support! While I wasn’t necessarily looking to start debating, I would like to make some comments about some of the references you’ve presented.

    Before I address your references, I must ask this question, “What does whether God gave us free will or not have to do with the depth and level of His knowledge of who we are and what we do?” The idea of free will is not an argument for either omniscience or non-omniscience. God gives us free will, so that we will can choose to love Him. Not that God needs a self-confidence boost.

    Forgive me if some of my comments in this paragraph seem a bit rough, but I am just thinking your comments through to their “logical” conclusions. The use of your first reference, Genesis 2:18-25, as evidence of non-omniscience is doing exactly what you stated you didn’t want to do. It blasphemes God. You are indicating that God haphazardly made the creation, not sure whether He needed to create a female counterpart for Adam. It borders on indicating that God originally thought a beast would make a suitable mate for Adam, until He “discovered” that Adam wasn’t interested. My thoughts on this passage are that God did not “realize” that Adam needed a helper, He merely stated it, “It is not good that the man should be alone.” God then demonstrates to Adam His creative power by making all the animals right in front of him, I believe. was to teach Adam a couple of lessons. First, God created them right in front of Adam so that Satan could not try to take credit for the creation. The second was to show Adam that there was not yet a suitable mate for him. God knew what He was going to do. God is teaching Adam as a good parent or teacher would do. He’s allowing him to draw a logical and correct conclusion based on evidence presented.

    Your second reference, Genesis 3:8-13, takes place immediately after Adam and Eve have just sinned and come to the realization of the consequences of their sin. They are afraid. God is asking questions to which He already knows the answer. This is evidenced by another of the original poster’s verse choices, Hebrews 4:13 – “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” The purpose for asking the questions is not so God can discover information, it is an invitation for confession. This is a common theme throughout the Bible. We must confess our sins. A life example of this: Suppose I finish eating my lunch and am eagerly anticipating eating the Hershey bar I had sitting on the counter. I go to the kitchen to get my chocloate treat and find the bar is missing. I look around and find a crumpled wrapper sitting on the top of the trash. My 3 year-old son then walks into the kitchen with brown stains on his hands and face. I ask him, “Son, what is that all over your hands and face?” Do I ask the question because I am truly curious as to the origin of the stains? No. I am inviting him to confess that he did in fact eat my Hershey bar.

    Regarding your third reference, Genesis 6:5-6, I will attempt a response to your inspired question, “How can God be sorry or regret something if He always knew it would turn out exactly that way?” Let me begin by pointing out the fact that I do not see the word “regret” in the verse as you have quoted it above. Here is another life example to consider: Every Sunday, knowing full-well that he is going to choose mommy, I ask my son if he wants to ride home with mommy or daddy. When he doesn’t say daddy, it breaks my heart, even though I already knew what his choice would be. I am saddened because I love my son and deep down, I want him to choose me.

    At this point, @ nearly 1:00 am, I am getting a little too tired to continue with your other 2 points. I will concede that point 4 is a little more challenging for me to explain away, at this point, but I do have an explanation for point 5, that I may address at a later juncture, if I can find the opportunity.

  14. Tim Says:

    One more quick comment on the “omniscient/not omniscient” debate:

    I would rather believe that God is omniscient, and possibly risk giving Him credit He doesn’t deserve, than to say he is not omniscient, and possibly risk not giving Him credit He does deserve.

  15. Neil Says:

    Great point. Me, too!

  16. Neil Says:

    Tim, I have no problem with the tone of your response to my “evidence,” but I am troubled by your twist on my points. “Blasphemy” is a pretty strong charge to make in an open dialogue between people just exploring the nuances of our Creator/Redeemer/Sanctifier… (If you really want to go there, though, I can respect that because I think we have to stand up for what we perceive to be God’s truth!)

    I don’t really view this as a debate, but rather a discussion and I am happy to continue it for my own edification, and, hopefully, God’s glorification. I am not out to bad mouth God. I am just wondering aloud if our understanding of God’s omniscience is actually in tune with Scripture, OR if we have taken Biblical evidence of God’s vast knowledge and applied our own human “logic” to it to define “omniscience” as we see fit. If I were just going on my gut or my beliefs, I would tell you in a heartbeat that God knows everything that was, is, and is to come. I just wonder if the Bible says what we think it says.

    As for the link between free will and omniscience, I think you missed my point. What will heaven and the new earth be like? If they are going to to be places of perfection, I just want to know why God would create this world, allow it to become corrupt in sin, and then put believers in a place of eternal perfection? I am fully aware of all the theological explanations of the purpose of free will, and I am fully aware that God’s ways are not our ways… I just wonder — if we’re going to look at the Biblical evidence for the true nature of God’s omniscience — if this BIG QUESTION is not part of a “case” for a different understanding of His omniscience than most of us have been taught.

    What you’ve done with Genesis 2 is a perfect example of what I’m talking about (As George Bernard Shaw said, “No man believes the Bible means what it says, but rather that it says what he means.”) You have called me a blasphemer, but you have misquoted Scripture. God did NOT create the animals in front of Adam. It says He HAD formed them, and that God gave them to Adam for naming, and that no suitable helper was found. (Does this not imply that one was sought there?) ” 18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[e] him.” 19 Now out of the ground the LORD God HAD formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[g] there was not found a helper fit for him.”

    I completely agree with your response to my second reference and it is precisely what I teach my students. Again, I was merely putting it out there as part of the discussion.

    Your example in No. 3 is also the type of explanation I typically give, but can you tell me how the word “sorry” in the text leads you to say you don’t see “regret” in the text? Can you explain the difference between “regret” and being “sorry?”

  17. Tim Says:

    Neil,

    I am confused as to what your stance really is. You give support for non-omniscience and then seem to be saying that you believe He is omniscient, but not. So, since I am not sure exactly where you stand, I can’t truly know if my “blasphemy” comment applies. Therefore, even though I know that once a word escapes the mouth (or in this case, fingers) you can’t really take it back. And, though I did request forgiveness in advance, I again apologize for the use of such a harsh word.

    As to my misquoting scripture, it seems you are using a specific translation, looks like NIV, but I am not 100% sure. Other versions read differently and, I believe, more appropriately. I’ll get to that point in a moment, but I don’t see you refuting the other points I made about God “realizing” Adam needed a helper, or that God was showing Adam that none of the animals were suitable, as opposed to waiting for Adam to reject them all as suitable and then “realizing” He (God) needed to make woman.

    Back to the misquoting idea. You seem to be more concerned with my idea that God created the animals in front of Adam, which really is not the point we are discussing in this forum.

    Your version – 18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[e] him.” 19 Now out of the ground the LORD God HAD formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[g] there was not found a helper fit for him.”

    Yes, it says “had formed,” but look back at the previous verse. It says “I will make a helper fit for him.” This implies future tense, which means that the animals were either made after this statement, or that they had nothing to do with being his helper, which agrees with my statement that God already knew what He was going to do.

    As I mentioned, other translations read slightly differently:

    NKJV – And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

    KJV – 18And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

    19And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

    20And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

    These two versions clearly indicate that, not only did God say He “will make a helper,” but that the thought continues immediately after that. Still think I am wrong? Let’s compare the accounts of chapter 1 and chapter 2 regarding the making of the birds.

    Genesis 2:19 says:

    “Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens…”

    Genesis 1: 20 states:

    “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”

    Did you catch the difference there? Chapter 2 said God made the birds out of the ground, but chapter 1 said He made them out of the water. He made a new batch of animals in chapter 2. To refute this is to say the Bible has errors, which would destroy the Bible’s credibility. The fact that He made this new batch of animals, to me, implies that He wanted to demonstrate His creative power to Adam, so that he would know (not just believe) that God is the Creator and be without excuse if he fell into Satan’s temptation. This also builds upon the foundation of why it was Adam who is blamed for sin, and not Eve. However, at this point, I will concede that it does say that He “brought them” to Adam, which does slightly discount my theory that God made them “right in front of him,” but that is a totally separate issue, not related to omniscience.

    Back to your version, looking at verse 20.

    “The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.”

    This verse says that “for Adam there was not found.” Adam is the one who can not find a suitable helper. It does not say that God couldn’t find one. That is because God wasn’t looking for one. He already knew Adam needed a helper and planned on making a woman. Look at how the NKJV puts it in both verse 18 and 20, “a helper comparable to him.” The only beast that is remotely comparable physically are those in the ape family, but as I don’t give any credit to the theory of evolution, I have to look at this from the Genesis 1:26-27 perspective of how God sees man,

    “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them.”

    Adam was made in God’s image, after His likeness, and was given dominion over all the animals. Therefore, an animal would not have made a suitable mate. And if man had dominion, he would need to have the ability to procreate, therefore, he would need a female. God had already established procreation for all the animals, before Adam was created, therefore, he would already know that the procreation would require Him to create a female human.

    As for the question regarding “regret,” I was stating that the word regret is not there. Yes, the word “sorry” can imply regret, but it does not specifically say “regret” in the quotation you gave. As for the meaning, I see that it appears to be used in the manner that regret is implied, and I do not want to pretend that I know God’s exact emotional feeling on this point, but is it not possible that this is a human attribute that a human author is conferring on God? There are times when our human minds cannot exactly express what God experiences, as we do not experience everything the way God does (His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts – paraphrase). We have some of His emotions, but is it possible that God has others we do not fully understand?

    Also, the word “regret,” or “sorry,” in the sense you are reading them (which I have admitted, seems to be the way it is written), implies that God changed His mind. However, I have a problem with this idea of God experiencing a “change.”

    Malachi 3:6a states:

    “For I am the LORD; I change not.”

    and Hebrews 13:8 says:

    “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

    These two verses make me have a difficult time believing that God was sorry, regretted, or repented His decision to make man, at least in the sense that we understand these words. And if He truly regretted it, why did he let Noah and his family live? Just because they were righteous, doesn’t mean their descendants would all be righteous. We as humans know that to be true, how much more so should God know. If He truly regretted it, why not just completely eliminate all humanity and either give up, or recreate us with no free will? Then, He wouldn’t have to worry about “making a mistake” again.

  18. Neil Says:

    Boy, we are getting wordy! (Both of us, Tim.) I am going to have to read through this later, but I will say this in answer to your first question: I don’t have a stance. I guess I misunderstood the point of this website. I thought “Thoughtful Christianity” was a place for us to dialogue about the big questions without just wagging fingers at each other from ideological rhetoric. I hope to have my “position” informed by our dialogue… not to have our dialogue dictated by my “position.”

  19. Tim Says:

    Haha…I was thinking the same thing…lots of words. Fair enough. I agree. I came across this website based on a search on omniscience, and didn’t even pay attention to the title of the site. I believe you are correct in your understanding of the point of the site. Dialogue is better than argumentative banter. I look forward to your response, whenever you get to it. God bless.

  20. Neil Says:

    That’s how I got here, too. :)

  21. Dominic Says:

    Either God is omniscient and the Bible is true, or God is not omniscient and the Bible is not true.

    If the first is the case then we have some reliable evidence about our God, if the second is true we have no reliable evidence about our God.

    Faith gives us the answer, and there can be only one right answer here.

  22. Neil Says:

    Dominic, have you read our thread? I am not sure I follow the logic that if God is not omniscient as we understand it (all-knowing, all the time, in every way, shape and form), that the Bible is automatically voided. Can you explain?

  23. Joshua Says:

    YahWeh is complete in knowledge according to Job…One can not have COMPLETE knowledge and at the same time not know everything, otherwise his or her knowledge would be incomplete, and that would be the contradiction…..God being all knowing isn’t a contradiction to His Love but it’s an affirmation of His Power…He is The ALMIGHTY by His own proclamation, and He has no rhyme, or reason lie about it.. He chose us whom He foreknew before the creation and put us in Christ….That sounds like He knew ALOT before we even came to be…

  24. Richard Esstman Says:

    My/our knows it all

  25. Bob Says:

    I would like to say that if God is omnipotent then the following falls out:
    1. God created Adam and Eve (I agree with Neil and Eve was an afterthought.. Tim is stretching only like a Christian can)
    2. God created the tree of knowledge and the apple.
    3. God knew (and allowed) that Eve would eat the apple.
    4. God knew that he would have to kick them out of Eden.
    5. God knew that to populate the earth Adam and Eve would have to have sex with their children or their children would have to have sex with each other. (Incest… good.. are you getting this republicans?)

    Let’s just stop here. God created the people and created the apple and allowed them to eat it so that he could kick them out knowing the whole time what would happen? Incest. Seriously. Do you really need to read more of this book and base your life on it? Loving God? REALLY! Please think this one through. God started everything with the knowledge that he would kick us out and be sinners for life until his son comes down and then comes back. OK then. I realize that making things simple may confuse old Tim and Neil but really. It is this simple. I can go on for you if you would like?

    Santorum and friends want to spew Christian hate into the White House. Do they not understand that they are a product of incest? Someone should let them know that God “allowed” it to happen. My wife says “God never intended Adam and Eve to procreate, this became necessary once they lost the Garden of Eden”. If this statement is true, then my wife does not believe in God’s Omnipotence. Either he knows all, sees all and hears all.. or he doesn’t. Simple. Christians love to argue both sides of the equation depending on what irrational/illogical topic they are discussing and to them it is just fine that they make no sense.

  26. Bob Says:

    Correction from above: If God is Omniscient then the following falls out…

  27. Lutherkehrt Says:

    To be blunt Bob – an unbeliever cannot understand, and will have no true insight into God’s teaching in Scripture. Jesus Himself says that. As for your knowledge of Scripture, then for one, if you think that Adam and Eve ate an apple you clearly haven’t read Genesis properly.

    There is no argmuent to have between an unbeleiver and a beleiver – we have entirely different views of the world. We shall simply continue to present the truth to you, saying to you, “Behold, your God” (Isaiah 40:9).

  28. Pablo Says:

    Do you believe the word omniscient to mean all knowing in every way? Even to know the future? If He is omniscient in this definition, then He is incapable of free will. If one being knows the future, it cannot make its own decisions. It is in essence a “robot”, forced to act in the ways it was destined to act. I do believe that God is omnipresent, has a vast, greater knowledge than our own, and knows everything about each and every person, and he can utilize those to determine the best options of operation and the right things to do. I do not believe, however, that He knows the future. I believe that He is a being of free will, so according to this logic, cannot “know” the future.

  29. Lutherkehrt Says:

    Oh come on. Now you’re simply being silly.
    God created time – he is not bound by it – so concepts such as ‘the future’ and ‘the past’ are not things by which he is bound. If he is bound by time then time is greater than He is – and he ceases to be God – stuff that in your ‘logic pipe’ and smoke it!

  30. Pablo Says:

    No need to get testy my friend, it’s only to provoke thought. But where exactly does it say that God is outside of our realm of “time”. It is a concept, but who’s to say he is not bound by the same concepts. He is a perfect God, but nowhere does it say anything that you stated. You are only making assumptions.

  31. Ryan Says:

    Psalm 90:2
    Before the mountains were born
    Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
    Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

    Found a very interesting statement that allows us as humans to slightly comprehend the vastness and incomprehensability.

    Logically, God knowing what we are going to do does not mean that we can’t do something else. It means that God simply knows what we have chosen to do ahead of time. Our freedom is not restricted by God’s foreknowledge; our freedom is simply realized ahead of time by God. In this, our natural ability to make another choice has not been removed any more than my choice of what to write inside the parenthesis (hello) was removed by God who knew I would put the word “hello” in the parentheses before the universe was made. Before typing the word “hello,” I pondered which word to write. My pondering was my doing and the choice was mine. How then was I somehow restricted in freedom when choosing what to write if God knew what I was going to do? No matter what choice we freely make, it can be known by God, and His knowing it doesn’t mean we aren’t making a free choice.

  32. Ryan Says:

    The Bible deosn’t just say that God operates out of time, it goes further and states that God [basically] dwells within eternity, which time(if it were a being) cannot fathom. Time was only created so that we as humans wouldn’t have to think in terms of eternity, because then our brains would probably explode.

  33. Dominic Stockford Says:

    Thank you Ryan. Very well put.

  34. Nikolai Says:

    - If God knows something will happen, then it becomes inevitable, as God’s knowledge is perfect.
    - If something is inevitable, or necessary, then that which is subject to the necessity cannot be blamed for its propagations.
    - Therefore, in the same way that gravity is responsible for a raindrop falling to earth, not the raindrop itself, the force compelling person X to commit evil Y is responsible for the evil, not person X.
    - If a necessity is responsible for evil, but the necessity itself is an accident, in this case contingent on the will of God, then that first principle by which the necessity was created is responsible for evil.
    - God, therefore, is responsible for evil.

  35. Kelly Forrester Says:

    For those debating, and to those discussing. Allow me a very small point of order. For those that claim being a Christian (As described in the Greek what a Christian is: christianos a follower of Christ, A Bible, back to front – front to back believer), it will always be hard to explain to a Non-Christian, what the Bible says about God, Christ or how we are to act around Non-Christians, that why we were givien 1 Cor 2:14. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. We can look to Christ as our example. Christ spoke to those around him in parables that they could understand. It’s like a Christian explaining their walk with Christ, in their words to a Non-Christian. Don’t be discouraged, and don’t give up. God, through his Son Christ will keep working on the free will of man, so one day, they too will understand the mystery, that is God.

    Not stepping on toes. All is said in Love. Kel

  36. oquidave Says:

    Isaiah 40:13-14 NKJV

    13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has taught Him?14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, And showed Him the way of understanding?

  37. james Says:

    Just going to say that I have looked up the first five or so and all of them have been manipulated from the original text to make them seem better

  38. Kenny Says:

    God was omniscience were as Christ was not..Thus proving the trinity is a catholic lie..If christ was God he would of known what he a had to do..He was infact recieving instruction/prophecy from God,Hence Jesus is not Almighty God..

  39. Eutychusify Says:

    Wait, one question why would God repent of his own chois as in exodus he wanted too destrory his people , when moses said too God : dont do this for tghe sake of….. read exodus, he rpeneted of his choise???
    think of that was that God already knowing, or did he moses changed Gods mind???
    omnisecent than?

  40. Thys Says:

    God is all knowing, It’s all about faith, without faith we cannot serve God. If God did not know everything how did Jesus – who is also God – new that Peter would deny Him and when it would happen, Jesus also knew that Judas would betray Him. He points it out to them. Although He knew this He still chose Him. We cannot catch God of guard. Why God allows certain things to happen. No man knows. God is God, ALL powerfull, knowing, eternal, full of love, the list goes on. The bible is full of scripture of who God is. He is I AM. He is also in contole and with a plan. When we read the scripture the fear of the Lord and His macnificent is revealed in our hearts through the Spirit.

    None of us can really comprehend God, try thinking about eternity, We cannot understand it!! The same with allot of other things. It is IMPOSIBLE to reason out who God is with our human minds, we are limited to a certain understanding. There are certain things that we will only know when Jesus comes again.

    I am sure this will be a cliche, but we were created to serve God. To bring glory to His name. Churches split because of differences that people have. My only real question to anybody is this. Do you have a living relationship with God, accepted Jesus as your personal saviour and repented of your sins. If Christ comes today or you die, where will you find yourself?

    The enemy has gotten us to a point where we focus on other tings, it looks good and all. But it just keeps us busy with things. Yes certain things are important to people. And certain people are more curious about things. All good. Just live life, enjoy it and serve and seek God. Our entire purpose is found in the presence of God. For it is only when we truly find Him, bringing glory to Him through our daily living, exalting His name and being obedient to His will that we come to a stop and realize, that with in Him lies all the answers.

    It is only with in Him that we find true purpose for our lives and only then do we stop running after earthly things. And that is only reachable in His precense…

    Mat 6:33

    Be blessed in the loving precense of our loving God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

  41. robbie Says:

    I constantly come against masons, atheists and agnostics. This site helped me to defend how all-knowing God is. Thank you for the verses. There are so many questions our faith must defend. “were adam and eve the first humans, how did cain marry a wife when he was alone with his parents?”. So much controversy. Thank you.

  42. bernard Says:

    we have many questions and belief me no man is able to give an answer to all our questions what is intelligence to man is foolishness to GOD HE that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh;the LORD shall have them in derision.


  43. [...] 139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.  (Source) What Do You Think? Courteous Opinion Always [...]

  44. Pasquale Says:

    oh please… is god all knowing and all powerful?
    Then he can create something that he can’t know?
    if he can it means that there’s something he do not knows (not all knowing) if he can’t he’s not all powerful…

    paradox.

  45. Boris Says:

    The potter and the clay..argue all we like he is still the potter and we are but the clay, and no amount of logic will ever change that fact.. understand it or not accept it or not.. He is God and there is non other.


  46. Give me more imformation

  47. C.Kendall Says:

    I believe that God is omniscient simply because of all of the other evidence. If you can believe part of the Bible, why deny one fact? If you believe you have no free will, you are wrong! God knows everything that has or ever will happen , but he does not directly dictate you to do it. If God did dictate that then the result would simply be this- You would do something and not have the ability to choose anything else, but as you live everyday life you can see that you have free will.

    God is the potter and shapes yoour life, He spins it into exactly the perfect masterpiece and you are His tool to create it with, with this you can help others become “moldable clay” that can be used by Him to mold others.

    That is why God is omniscient and there is no “paradox”.

  48. Elton Says:

    Let the burden of proof fall on them that disagree God is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent.

    We just proclaim the Gospel. God gives opportunity and has already given it for people to be delivered from error. Deliverance is manifested already or still to manifest. The difference lies in what we do with the same opportunity we are given. Do we accept or do we reject the truth.

    Many are called, a few are chosen. It’s a matter of free-will whether one will be chosen or not.

    To the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.

  49. Dominic Stockford Says:

    I am slightly surprised by this comment. Did you mean to make it? “It’s a matter of free-will whether one will be chosen or not.” It is a clear non sequitur, or an illogical syllogism, whichever you prefer. How can it be an action of my free will for someone else to choose me?

  50. Elton Says:

    Most definately meant to make it!

    May be for clarity let me emphasize, (“their free will” i.e. refering to them to whom the opportunity is given).

    Whether they will be chosen in the end is a result of choices made out of their own free-will. There is no insistence upon them from whosoever to be of a certain way. There is only an encouragement to make the right choice. There remains a consequence of the individual choice they make. They can choose the truth unto salvation or reject it unto damnation.

    Being chosen is a consequence, “NOT AN ACTION” as you put it, of one’s free will in this sense; “Have you aligned yourself to the terms of being made a preferred choice or not? If yes, your choice to be in alignment with the terms leads to your being chosen as acceptable.

    Think of it otherwise as training to make it in a soccer team. You have a choice to train and be disciplined if those are the coach’s terms, which should be the case in any serious team. If you are ill-disciplined, don’t train and are found out of shape for the rigours of the game you won’t make it in the final team though you had had the priviledge of being found in the training camp.

    I hope this clarifies my position to you Dominic. Thanks for presenting me the opportunity to elaborate.

  51. Brad M Says:

    im using these to win a religious debate for team athiest

  52. Erin Lamb Says:

    I think it’s great that the verses are posted here. I am saddened by fights over scripture. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Two topics people fight over the most are politics and religion. Fighting never helps us. God bless the person who posted these scriptures. Those against what you posted don’t oppose you, but God. For His word stands alone as truth. How people interpret it is their issue.

  53. jordanthi Says:

    Logic 101: If a proposition contradicts itself, it is impossible for it to be true.

    So the Bible proposes that God is all-knowing. Well, then why does he in Genesis frequently ask Adam and Eve questions? For example, soon after they eat the forbidden fruit, God asks where they are. Another time is when Cain kills Able. God asks “Where is your brother Abel?” and then says “What have you done!” when he REALIZES that Abel is dead. God is supposed to know everything; why is he asking questions?

    There are far too many simple contradictions like this in the Bible for the god of Christianity to exist.

  54. Dominic Says:

    I have little time for this comment.
    I know full well that the poster will themselves often ask others questions to which they already know the answer. And they know full well it is done to challenge the asked to examine their consciences.

  55. jordanthi Says:

    I’m just being logical.

  56. Dylan Says:

    Yes, there is no need to brush off his observation just because you have no counter-argument. Either find a reason for your belief or continue to be a blind sheep. – Dominic

  57. Ronald Mallernee Says:

    jordanth, God is not asking for His “Not” knowing but for them to acknowledge their sin. If we don’t admit our sin we are not repentant and do not receive forgiveness… Have you ever forgiven somebody but still thought to “pay them back” that is not the way God forgives.

    BUT…I too have a question. Jesus says in Matthew 24:36
    But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.and is re-said basically again in Revelations 5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back, close sealed with seven seals.
    2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
    3 And no one in the heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book, or to look thereon.
    4 And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look thereon:
    5 and one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not; behold, the Lion that is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath overcome to open the book and the seven seals thereof.
    6 And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth.
    7 And he came, and he taketh it out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne.

    If all knowing, then why doesn’t Jesus know when He’s returning?

  58. phil peterson Says:

    God knows everything past present and future otherwise he is not God. He created time but is not bound to it. Since we live within the bounds of time we cannot fully understand what it is to not be bound by time. Even though God knows everything past present and future that does not mean we have no free will. For instance, if you go to a restaurant i know you are going to make the choice to leave the restaurant. you can choose to stay in the restaurant but i know that you will make the choice to leave. do you still have free will? yes. did i know what choice you were going to make? yes. granted as with all illustrations this is flawed but it helps show the concept that even if someone knows with absolute certainty what you are going to do you still made the choice of your own will. another example is if you went forward into time and saw someone choose to run a red light. when you go back in time (assuming you changed nothing) that person will run the red light of their own free will but you knew it was going to happen that way. basically even though God knows the future we still make the choices we do of our own free will. we cannot blame God for the sins we commit because He did not cause us to sin, we did. I also need to point out that i do not believe that God does not work here on earth, praise God He does! And that is it by God’s grace we are saved through faith!

  59. loganfields2 Says:

    God is most absolutely omniscient! He sets our lives to where he has a main plan. We can sway away from that main plan, and when we do God tries to draw us back with the love and mercifully grace that Jesus provided on the cross. When we refuse to except the atonement God tries to give us, we become num to the grieving holy spirit, and We change our own destiny fro. The one God had in mind to the one we think is good. Like when you murder someone. God then realizes that you don’t have his purpose, and changes your failure into a way to help another believer who actually followed his will. The story of Samson is a great way to explore what I mean. Samson was supposed to be a holy percent of God. He messed up BIG TIME. Then through his mistake God uses him to Kill thousands of philistine! You, see God had an absolute and omniscient Purpose for Samson: to use his strength to kill the philistine and bring victory to Israel. Ultimately Samson fulfilled that omniscient purpose, hut he just took the long and down sided way. So let’s not be foolish like Samson and think God allows us to Murder or rape (etc.) someone. Our sin nature cuts us off from him intervening until we come to Jesus and ask for help and forgiveness. The only thing God has for you if you don’t come to Jesus is a palm. It a good plan for his kingdom, But if you want it to be god for you also, your gonna have to trust God, and admit to his omniscient plan. This is how God is Omniscient. This is how Jesus died for you to get closer with God. This is the truth.

  60. loganfields2 Says:

    Thank you! These verses absolutely helped my blog!

  61. Sarah/seeksGod Says:

    it is so wonderful that our God is so real and so loving and so forgiving and full of mercy.


  62. […] or the Bible to tell me that, yes indeed, Christ was omniscient as it does with God the Father. (Fellow Blogger’s List, most convincingly, 1 John 3:20) I mean, if God really is omniscient, then why not say so outright […]

  63. shawn s Says:

    if god is all-knowing then why would he need Abraham to prove his faith by attempting to sacrifice Isaac? i find it hard to believe that a book so open to interpretation would be that of an omniscient being – albeit through TEXT. a god willing to play games with people should not make you feel warm and fuzzy inside awaiting a so-called afterlife. religion is a philosophy of ignorance.

  64. Dominic Says:

    It is most kind of you to join this discussion – albeit months after we have moved on. However, your conjecture that the one true God, Father, Son & Spirit, leaves us feeling ‘warm and fuzzy inside’ is so far from the truth that it is clear that you are not a Christian yourself. Your disagreement with those who are Christian is therefore based in rejection of the truth, rather than acceptance.

    I do not tell others how they should feel about Manchester United FC, nor do I insult them by calling them ignorant, simply because I do not agree with them. Please show a little more respect to others when you choose to join a forum talk about God and His nature.

    The simple answer to your question is that Abraham is not omniscient – so whether or not God knows Abraham’s response is irrelevant – Abraham is the one being tested. Abraham does not know what he ‘will do’, nor does he pre-know any of the events. He is, therefore, being tested in his faith.

    (I do not feel warm and fuzzy about having eternal life to come, because I still have time to live here – among unbelievers, who, because I believe in the true God, Father Son & Spirit, and because I believe His Word, the Holy Bible, will do everything they can to make sure my time here is not warm and fuzzy).

  65. Roger Says:

    This is where false doctrine come from; not saying God is not “omniscience”, but the word is not stated in the Bible, it is a word that “man” made and not God. God is infinite in all things, but He is not “scientific” as omniscience says He is “omni” + “science”.

    Science, for the most part, is the work of atheists and I hate the word for this reason.

  66. Rod Says:

    The true definition of science is “the state of knowing” so if God is all knowing than the word science fits.
    The secularist have hijacked the word “science” and redefined it to mean something else.

  67. Ben Says:

    The concepts of free will and an Omniscient being simply cannot co-exist. Either god is omniscient and there is no such thing as free will, or there is free will and god is not omniscient. Both CANNOT be true. The only way that god could possibly predict your actions and still maintain free will is if his predictions are not 100% accurate…but then he wouldn’t be omniscient would he.

  68. Dominic Says:

    God is not bound by ‘time’ – He created it, ad lives outside it. Therefore, He does not ‘predict’ anything. He simply knows, and because He created all people then He knows what all people will and have done.

    He knows what we will choose, and He knows that you will reject His omniscience – He also knows every person who will be saved, as the Bible says.

    If the Bible is inaccurate in this then it is untrustworthy in anything and everything, and we have no knowledge of God that we can rely on, so why do we bother at all? For everything is then merely guesswork. But in fact God loves all men, so He reveals Himself, and He reveals an omniscient and sovereign self to us.

  69. Dylan Says:

    You answered it for yourself – there is no way to know who God is. Take that further – if it even exists or if existence itself is a God. By the way, that mentality plays into the Bible. It’s a matter on if you want to worship reality or not, but we all play into that in our own way. Also, time isn’t a thing, it’s a measurement. God couldn’t live outside of time.

  70. Dominic Says:

    Ok, I get it – you’re a god-denier – which you didn’t have the grace to make clear in your first comment. Those who believe in God (because He is), also believe in His revelation of Himself, which includes omniscience. If you deny God why on earth are you bothering arguing about one aspect of His being? Rather troll-like.


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  73. Roger Says:

    Genesis 6:6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

    Can God really foresee man’s personal actions if He gave him free will? God did foretell of the 400 years in Egypt because He took control of it.

    God allows us to seek our own destiny, but the ultimate outcome is His – we can choose life or we can choose death.


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