Reconciling God’s Omniscience with His Forgiveness
“He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19 NKJV)
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah 43:25 NKJV)
In the book of Micah and also several other times throughout the Bible, God speaks about casting out sins into the depths of the sea. He says he will treat us as if we have never sinned. These two verses show that God is willing to forget the sins that we have committed so that we may be saved and have eternal life. God loves us so much that no matter how much we have sinned against him, he rejoices in doing all that he can to cleanse us from our faults and iniquities.
However, the Bible also tells us that God is omniscient. God knows absolutely everything all the time. So how does that idea remain true alongside the idea that God ‘forgets’ all sins? How can an all-knowing God forget anything?
When God says the he forgets our sin, he really does. The Bible would not say it if it were not true. What this means is that ‘forgetting’ our sins is an intentional choice. Essentially, what it means is that God chooses to disregard the times that we have made mistakes and chooses not to act against us because of them but rather to accept us. Sometimes in our finite, human minds we try to make things more complicated than our infinite God intends them to be. God tells us to trust with a childlike faith, to take him at his word. We serve a God that is not only all-knowing, but all-powerful. There is nothing in existence that He cannot do. If anyone is capable of knowing all things while simultaneously forgetting our sins, it is definitely God. We have to remember that God has more power that we could ever begin to comprehend, yet He chooses to use it to forget the mistakes we have made.
It’s important to note that in Psalms it says “for as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Jesus makes it possible to put an infinite distance between humans, which are sinful in nature, and the sin that so easily entangles us. God not only forgets our transgressions but separates them so far from us that they are not even worth remembering.
What do you think about God’s ability to be all-knowing and still capable of forgetting our sins? Share in a comment below.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 NKJV)
Posted on April 17, 2014, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged all-knowing, all-powerful, Christianity, finite, forgiveness, God, idea, infinite, omnipotence, omniscience, reconcile, scripture, understanding, verses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.