by Kenneth Harper Finton ©2020
“Who knows what is in the mind of God?”
People will tell us that “God knows all.
”The common conception of God is that of a divine being
that creates and governs the universe.
If God knows what everyone is thinking,
knows where everyone has been,
and knows what they all will be,
what a huge amount of information that would be.
We also must realize that the Earth
is a small speck of dust in a commonplace galaxy.
There are trillions of stars and billions of galaxies.
Try to imagine a mind that knows all this.What would it be like?
One thing is certain. It would not be like the human mind.
It would be more like universal consciousness.
But would God even have a self?
Is God self-aware?
What need would God have for self-awareness?
Self-awareness is a curse and a blessing.
It creates loneliness.
It creates unhappiness.
If God were self-aware, God would be lonely.
Does God get lonely?
The self can only be aware of its self by knowing
that something from the outside is not the self.
If God is everything, then what would exist outside God
for God to be self-aware?
If God isn’t everything then what is this thing outside
that is not God?
God does not need a brain.
If God is everything, then God is a brain.
An observer does not need to be self-aware.
A mouse observes the cheese with no sense of self.
The world existed before self-awareness.
So, as far as we can tell (and surely we know little),
the universe has only had self-awareness
for a minute fraction of an eternal epoch.
The universe has gotten along quite well
for billions of years without self-awareness.
Do we live in a fraction of an eon when the mud
stands up and sees that there are others?
Does that matter at all to the mind of God
that has no self and no need for a self?
After all, if God were present before anything existed,
then God will be present when everything has passed away.
19 October 2020, Arvada, Colorado
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