The pre-mortal existence presents many thought provoking scenarios. I have wrestled with the idea of our agency and God’s omniscience. I know that God’s omniscience has been blogged before. I’m not sure what I’m going to say or my point, I just want to get some thoughts out of my head and hear what others think….so here goes.
Most of us don’t like the concept that God could know us so well that He can tell what we would do at any time and therefore knows which kingdom we’ll end up in. If we accept that concept then how does our agency fit into the situation?
I tend to be of the feeling that agency is supreme and trumps all.
Here’s a dilemma in my mind. God’s plan was to provide an earth. Provide bodies for us on that earth. He allow us to use our agency while on that earth. If we sin, then a savior would be provided. Satan wanted to fill the position, take away our agency so we’d all return and he would get the glory and power of God now. Numerous spirits used their agency to follow Satan. The rest of us followed Jesus.
It appears to me that God knew those who followed Satan so well that He condemned them to their eternal fate without the benefit of a body or an earth life. Doesn’t a body and an earth life subject us to a whole different set of circumstances, feelings, needs, desires, etc. than a plain old spirit body?
Could any of the spirits that followed Satan have changed, or made a different set of better choices if they were to have had a chance with a body and earth life? If the answer is “yes” then it would appear that God’s judgment wasn’t fair. If no, then it appears to me that God knew them so well from their spirit existence that His judgment was just, He knew their eternal fate and gave it to them.
Unless my logic is flawed, and it easily could be, then why doesn’t that same judgment idea hold true for us. God can condemn 1/3 of His children because He’s knows them so well that they couldn’t have become anything else than eternal damnation. It follows in my mind then that He can know me so well that He knows I’ll become a “____________” (fill in the blank, Celestial, Terrestrial, Telestial) being.
That idea doesn’t really bother me. I think I can still have my agency, completely and fully, even if God knows where I’ll end up. Through the above logic it seems God has already used His judgment fairly for 1/3 of his children…so why not the rest of us?
I have more thoughts, but I’m “thunk” out right now.