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Question 28: Can God see the future?

April 2, 2013

This creates an unmatched opportunity for an in-depth discussion of parallel universes, time dilation and Einstein’s theories of relativity… which would require me to understand something about them, so let’s cut to the chase. This is what we know about time travel or accessing information from the future:

1.     We can’t do it right now.
2.     It seems pretty difficult.
3.     Don’t hold your breath.

Of course, God has a few advantages over us – significantly more know-how and computing power, and a non-physical form. If we ever achieve time travel, we can be confident God was capable of it well before us. However, while God may have the ability to wander back and forth along the time continuum, I’m unconvinced there’d be any great benefit or joy in it.

Each day billions of humans, organisms and vagaries of RUTH follow paths involving choice or uncertainty:

a)     Will this human look left or right when crossing the road?
b)    Will this fish swim through this hole shaped oddly like a predator’s mouth?
c)     Will this weather system end up heading north or south?

God could explore the results of each of these “forks in the road” and travel down the 3.26 gazillion[1] different universes these options would create. Unfortunately, this might waste a great deal of effort and take away the pleasure of watching the story unfold. Conversely, God’s ability to be in all places at one time may represent time travel without even trying.

If God can’t, or chooses not to, explore the future, there’s still the potential for using the massive computing power available to calculate the likely results of particular decisions or events. Similarly, if we believe any human has the ability to see the future, whether it’s through intuition, extrapolation or some higher perception, we can feel confident that God could too.


God probably has some insight into what the future might hold at each moment we face a decision. This awareness would be able to reflect on the physical, psychological, moral and relationship[2] implications before, after and during the decision making process. For those among us driven purely by impulse and instinct, this skill might not be of great value. However, there may be a few people out there who might find this useful – wouldn’t it be great if this was something we could access?

[1] This number was calculated using the JMIU (Just Make it up) formula

[2] Insert any other implications you wish here.

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