Things God Does Not Know

W. Terry Varner
October 4, 2015

So many people have an improper concept of God as taught in the Scriptures or perhaps have a concept of God built on their own understanding and entirely void of what the Scripture teaches. Because many do not accept the Bible as God s divine word, there are many erroneous views about God.

One of the great attributes or traits of God’s nature is His omniscience, that is, God knows all things or God is all knowing. Read again the title of the article and realize that while God is omniscient there are some things the Scriptures teach that God does not know.

God Does Not Know a Sinner He Does Not Love. The Bible is clear that God loves sinners. God is the God of love (cf. 1 John 4:8, 16) and the God of grace (cf. Acts 11:23), there is not one sinner that God does not love. God desires no sinner perish at the judgment, but all come to repentance (cf. 2 Peter 3:9). “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we are sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, emp. added).

God Does Not Know of a Responsible, Sinless Human Being. The Bible declares with great clarity that all men have sinned. “There is no man that sins not” (1 Kings 8:46). “For there is not a just man upon the earth, that does good, and sins not” (Eccl. 7:20). Paul writes, “both Jews and Greeks are all under sin” (Rom. 3:9) and then quotes Psalm 53:3 saying, “There is none righteous, no not one” (Rom. 3:10).

God Does Not Know a Sinner for Whom Christ Did Not Die. Sam Morris is wrong: “We take this position that a Christian’s sins do not damn his soul. . . . All the sins he may commit from adultery to murder will not make his soul in any more danger” (qtd. in Elkins-Ross Debate 107). Sinners are unable to provide a sacrifice pleasing to God and need to realize the importance of Christ’s death. He bore the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6) and “was made to be sin for us” (2 Cor. 5:21). This is why John writes, “for You [Christ] was slain and has redeemed us to God by Your blood” (Rev. 5:9).

God Does Not Know of a Responsible Soul Going to Heaven without Living a Godly Life. We are not trying to be difficult with those who live in sin. We are being biblically truthful. “Godliness is profitable to all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of which is to come” (1 Tim. 4:8). God’s grace teaches the importance of “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12). One purpose of judgment is to take to heaven those who have lived and served Him in this life (cf. Heb. 9:27-28).

God Does Not Know a Single Responsible Individual Who Will Escape the Judgment. There is the false teaching that states that when an individual dies, he goes straight to heaven. Man, both Christian and non-Christian, must first await the judgment at the second coming of Jesus before he goes to heaven. Jesus said, “all nations” [individuals] would stand before Him to be judged (Matt. 25:32). Luke writes that Jesus will “judge the world in righteousness by that Man who He has ordained” (Acts 17:31). Paul writes, “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12) and “we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10). As a consequence, no one can argue biblically that at death, the faithful they directly to heaven and avoid the final judgment that occurs at Christ’s second coming.