It’s an easy assumption, but one all the same. If Jesus is God and God is omniscient then Jesus is omniscient. But is that an absolute? Does not knowing one thing prevent one from being omniscient? Well, considering the very meaning omni is All, then yes. Not knowing one thing disqualifies one from being omniscient. This brings about my second question: is God omniscient? And then, if God is omniscient, is Jesus God? Could it be that the other assumption we’ve made is that Jesus is God? Did I lose you? Are you ready to leave an angry comment? Hold on, let me give some background for where I’m at.
I’ve posted before asking if Jesus really is God considering that Jesus never says so and, in fact, makes statements that seem to allude that He was not. Today though, my concern comes from a verse in a sermon I just finished from liquid church. Mark 13:31-32 says this, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” While the sermon had nothing to do with whether or not Christ was all-knowing, the verse stopped me dead for a second. Wait, wait. Jesus doesn’t even know when He is coming back? Wait, wait, wait. Isn’t Jesus God and therefore all knowing? I paused the sermon and wrote it down in an effort to approach you all with humility and ask: is Jesus, as God, omniscient or not?
Like a true blue googler, my first response is to google verses where Jesus says that he is omniscient. However, just like my attempts at an easy proof for Jesus being God, I could find no such claim made. There are several verses where Jesus knew things before they happened. There are verses where other people say that Jesus knows their thoughts, that Jesus knows everything. ( A claim we casually bat around today.) But again I was met with no, for lack of a better word, proof that Jesus was indeed omniscient. I am not looking for the kind of proof that I would need to prove Jesus’ all knowing status to an unbeliever, mind you. I am looking for Jesus or the Bible to tell me that, yes indeed, Christ was omniscient as it does with God the Father. (Fellow Blogger’s List, most convincingly, 1 John 3:20) I mean, if God really is omniscient, then why not say so outright in so many words because God would know that I would be writing this to you all today? Why not extinguish doubt? That’s all it would take for me to defend it. But I could find no such claim made by Jesus, again I only found an allusion that seems to prove otherwise. but isn’t it an understood that Jesus and God are one in the same and therefore have the same ‘powers?’ Unless, of course, Jesus and God really aren’t one in the same. Perhaps, Jesus was simply a mouthpiece for God though others assume and claim otherwise. Perhaps the places where Jesus seems to be speaking for God, He was doing just that and nothing. Perhaps, Jesus really was simply God’s vehicle for a different aspect of God’s message.
One a different note, perhaps Jesus was equal to God, but not identical. This means that while Jesus, as the Son, was God in that he was equal; he would not necessarily have all the qualities and attributes that God the Father does. I find this a very interesting thought. It’s also another interesting idea that Jesus, in his wholly human state, does not possess the knowledge of God as if he had schizophrenia. The human aspect of Jesus isn’t omniscient, but wholly man, whereas the wholly Godlike part does. but again this is trying to wrap a human mind around a Godlike concept that I feel we’re doomed to never understand. Regardless of Jesus schizophrenia or His fraternal twin like identity related to God, I found this passage troubling. It still brings me back to wondering what we sacrifice by not checking everything in question and assuming that we know something. It puts sola scriptura in a different perspective for me, because I think that the church and it’s traditions have assumed a lot about the nature and roles of God that isn’t laid plainly out in scripture. Have we become a midrashim based faith rather than a scripture based faith? Has doctrine become our idol capable of distracting us from what the scripture really says?