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Study Resources :: Text Commentaries :: Don Stewart :: Does God Know Everything?

Don Stewart :: An Examination of the Knowledge of God (Introduction)

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An Examination of the Knowledge of God

Does God Know Everything? – Introduction

One of the main questions about God concerns what He knows. Historically, the church has held that God is omniscient or all-knowing. In other words, He has all knowledge. He knows everything which has happened in the past, He knows everything which is now going on in the present and He also knows everything which will occur in the future. Not only does He know everything that will happen, He also knows everything that could possibly happen. His knowledge is without limit. This has been the traditional understanding of Scripture on this subject.

In recent years, this traditional view of God’s knowledge has been challenged by some Bible-believing Christians. They contend that God does not know the future exhaustively. While His knowledge of past and present events is thorough or complete, the same does not hold true for the future. While He knows certain things about what will occur in the future, He does not know everything which will happen. The future, they contend is open. This means that God Himself is constantly learning new things.

In this book we will look at what the Bible has to say about this all important subject of God’s knowledge. Does He know everything which will happen in the future or is His knowledge somehow limited? If so, has He limited Himself to what He can and cannot know? What does the Bible teach us on this issue?

As always, we will attempt to give a fair presentation of those who are on the various sides of this issue. Our responsibility is to clearly state the best arguments that each side has to offer and then evaluate these arguments in light of the totality of Scripture.

Because there are many passages which seem to teach God’s limited knowledge, or that He repents or changes His mind, we will look at a number of these passages in detail. In doing so, we will give the various ways in which these passages have been understood by Bible-believing Christians.

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