by Matt Slick
I was in a chat room recently, and an atheist said that he had a logical argument to demonstrate why an all-knowing God cannot exist. He said that he could ask God, "What is my next question?" God would then tell him, and then he would change his question, thereby demonstrating that God did not know what his next question was. "Therefore", he said, "we cannot have an all-knowing God."
His challenge doesn't work. You see, the "gotcha" only works if God answers. But, an all-knowing God would know this. The argument assumes, emphasis on assumes, that God has to answer such a question. But what if God doesn't?
Atheist: "God, what is my next question?"
God says nothing and waits patiently.
Atheist: "Why won't you answer me?"
God says, "I knew that would be your next question."
First of all, God's omniscience is not dependent upon His requirement to answer a question. Second, the atheist doesn't understand that an all-knowing God, particularly the God of Christianity, would also be wise and not fall for the puerile demands of His creation let alone be outsmarted by such a school-yard trick. Third, do the atheists who lean on this argument really think the God of Christianity must answer? Really? Such an assumption has no place in an argument intended to disprove that an all-knowing God exists. I would suggest that atheists study the Bible a little more before they try another so-called "argument" against God's existence.
Finally, Biblically speaking, anyone in the presence of God would be reduced to a sniveling lump of self-deprecating confession. He wouldn't be asking any other question other than "Would you please forgive me?"