George Tarr

Things I do not understand

  • Either something came from nothing or something was always here. As a Christian, I choose the second of these completely absurd, exhaustive possibilities. But God existing forever is genuinely ridiculous; I have no idea how that could possibly be the case.
  • Sometimes I’ve been really submitted to God. Other times I’ve been totally faithless and unrepentant; worse than backslidden. Does it really matter which of those times I die in? Is my eternal fate really resting on the fact that I didn’t get hit by a bus in my best year? That seems ridiculous. Alternatively, do I only really have to have one moment of genuine submission? Then, what of ‘finishing the race’? And couldn’t anyone have just a moment of anything?
  • I have a hunch that a) free will exists, and b) it should exist. I have absolutely no idea whatsoever what the faculty of free will could entail. I can’t properly conceive of something that is sufficiently independent of circumstantial causalities, without producing something problematically close to randomness or arbitrariness. I do not know what it would mean for me, or God, or anyone, to freely choose to do something.
  • Unless God creates omniscient beings, there is always a subset of information which his creations do not have access to. It is always at least possible that this subset contains the data “everything the creations believe is a lie”. As a result, non-omniscient beings can always rationally doubt everything, and therefore faith is their necessary condition. I spoke about this at Tyndale in Cambridge once, calling it the “reiterative creation problem”. But a lack of certainty, as a permanent condition, seems an evil. So, we must become omniscient if eternity is good. I do not understand which part of this argument goes wrong; I also do not understand how God rendering us omniscient is viable, and particularly, if it is, why we aren’t already so.
  • Existing is always necessarily non-consensual, for God and for anything He makes. Is this problematic or is consent just not a big deal?

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  1. Ben 19th October 2019

    “I have absolutely no idea whatsoever what the faculty of free will could entail.”

    Consciousness could be its own microdimension. Close your eyes and imagine being in the middle of the ocean; inside your head is now larger than outside your head.

    We all know that conscious objects behave differently when they are aware of being observed, whereas inanimate objects do not.

    It seems obvious that free will exists. It is only a matter of describing it accurately in a mathematical way. Also, people don’t necessarily have much scope to exercise their free will. Freedom is limited by one’s own power.

    p.s. I have no idea why you make the assumption inherent in using the word “God”. First establish that there is something that could be godlike: it must be omnipotent and conscious and a being. Then you can use a word like “God”. Without establishing a god, you shouldn’t even be using the word.

  2. Cantide1 6th December 2019

    What if everything and everyone everywhere IS God. If the separate nature of ‘God’ and ‘Created being’ is removed, then what’s left is only God, however you choose to define it. If there is no arbitrary second subject, how can any actions be weighed moral? In the light of oneness how can you argue intent or free will? I think the removal of this dichotomy solves many problems rather simply.

    The thing I wonder about is randomness versus conciousness. If we all exist in a soup of vibrations and possibilty, what really is control and are we all merely viewers that have been deceived into thinking we are in control? Are we just the expression of the sum of our past experiences or are we making it up moment to moment? And if we are making it up, who is We and who is I? Am I the infinite cosmos embodied here in this form aware of this one experience while I am connected to all others by the essential fabric of the universe? Probably. Probably we are all just nerve endings, little awareness vehicles, right out at the edge of weirdness and complexity, just looking around at things to fulfill the explorative impluses of the Godhead.

    I dont know the answers to these questions. But I love thinking about the things that cant be thought about.

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