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Description: We're talking about living each day in reality rather than the dream-world of the media or the transitory world of each day's activities. Obviously this forces us to face the question 'what is reality'. We've answered on the basis of the only human life t
Day 9: Living Daily in Reality: Does our Maker Know Everything?
We’re talking about living each day in reality rather than the
dream-world of the media or the transitory world of each day’s
activities. Obviously this forces us to face the question ‘what is
reality’. We’ve answered on the basis of the only human life that seems
to have been directly related to the Maker of the world. We’ve been
saying that this (the actions and words of Jesus of Nazareth whose
historicity we’ve discussed in the first six videos) indicates that there
is no life outside him and his father. This is part of the reason we were
created actually inside him — so that we would share his existence and
could continue to exist even after initially choosing to reject his life.
In this way our creator made us with the same free will as he has,
allowed us to reject his life, see the consequences of our choice in this
world, and then choose finally life or nothingness.
Most parents know what an agony they’ve often had to bear to give their
children this privilege of free will; this is obviously multiplied and
intensified billions of times when one thinks of a good, loving father
bearing within himself the tortures of world-wars and domestic strife.
Did the maker of the universe know this would happen? Even we humans
with our finite minds are capable of foreseeing and foreknowing what
certain children and adults will probably do. But an infinite mind that
originates everything certainly knows what we humans will do: his love is
not in his ignorance but in his willingness to bear the consequences in
his own heart so that we will see plainly the effects of our choices.
Indeed, he foreknew because he foreordained, and he foreordained because
his love has to bear and transform its opposite. So our maker has to
conceive not only what he is but also what he is not – and he has to
This endurance or patience is intensified by the reality of the eternity
that Einstein clarified in scientific terms when he posited the
relativity of time. Through illustrations with one clock at sea-level and
the other at the top of a mountain, he pointed out not only that time is
relative to space but that eternity includes and transcends time. So God
himself foresaw the long, agonizing history of the universe in a
millisecond, saw his son come to earth in his own physical body, then in
our billions of personal bodies, and bore the pain of it all
instantaneously. In so far as he shares all our moments in his son, he
bears the pain continuously in time until it ends “for we are God’s
workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which he has prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them”. Although his love requires that
he never force our wills yet it also requires that he work with our
waywardness to enable us to make a true choice between life and death,
his son within us and our empty selves.
If you imagine yourself as the absolute and ultimate maker and sustainer
of the universe, you know that your ensuring free will in your creatures
must stem from your own inner integrity and respect for free will. It
cannot come from your handing them over to some abstract force called
chance: otherwise that force would be the ultimate ruler. Thus you have
to know all that will happen in the universe that you have made!