What if God is right and you are wrong?

If we consider the sum total of all possible knowledge in the entire universe, either God knows everything or he is not God. If God does not know everything, then sometimes he might be wrong. If God does not know everything, then there might be another god who knows more than him. And, that god would be God. If God is God, then he is always right. How about you? Could you be wrong?

Consider these definitions of God

1 : having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight
2 : possessed of universal or complete knowledge

“But who can teach a lesson to God, since he judges even the most powerful? (Job 21:22 NLT)

Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice? (Isaiah 40:14 NLT)

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
     “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
     so my ways are higher than your ways
     and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways! (Romans 11:33)

present in all places at all times

Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. (Psalm 90:2)

The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (Hebrews 4:13)

“I am a God who is near. I am also a God who is far away,” declares the LORD. “No one can hide so that I can’t see him,” declares the LORD. “I fill heaven and earth!” declares the LORD.  (Jeremiah 23:23-24)

having virtually unlimited authority or influence

“Who gave Him authority over the earth? And who has laid on Him the whole world? (Job 34:13)

You placed the world on its foundation so it would never be moved. (Psalm 104:5)

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
     Tell me, if you know so much.
Who determined its dimensions
     and stretched out the surveying line?
What supports its foundations,
     and who laid its cornerstone
as the morning stars sang together
     and all the angels shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7 NLT)

Say this to those who worship other gods: “Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth and from under the heavens.”
But God made the earth by his power,
     and he preserves it by his wisdom.
With his own understanding
     he stretched out the heavens.
When he speaks in the thunder,
     the heavens roar with rain.
He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
     He sends the lightning with the rain
     and releases the wind from his storehouses.
The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge!
     The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make,
for their carefully shaped works are a fraud.
     These idols have no breath or power.
Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!
     On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed.
But the God of Israel is no idol!
     He is the Creator of everything that exists,
including Israel, his own special possession.
     The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name! (Jeremiah 10:12-16)

David’s inspired description of God

[For the choir director; a psalm by David.] O LORD, you have examined me, and you know me. You alone know when I sit down and when I get up. You read my thoughts from far away. You watch me when I travel and when I rest. You are familiar with all my ways. Even before there is a [single] word on my tongue, you know all about it, LORD. You are all around me-in front of me and in back of me. You lay your hand on me. Such knowledge is beyond my grasp. It is so high I cannot reach it.
Where can I go [to get away] from your Spirit? Where can I run [to get away] from you? If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there. If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun [or] land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets, even there your hand would guide me and your right hand would hold on to me. If I say, “Let the darkness hide me and let the light around me turn into night,” even the darkness is not too dark for you. Night is as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same [to you].
You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this. My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop. Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus. Every day [of my life] was recorded in your book before one of them had taken place. How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are! If I try to count them, there would be more of them than there are grains of sand. When I wake up, I am still with you. (Psalm 139 GWT)

139:1-6 God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word, not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. Such thoughts should restrain us from sin.Matthew Henry Commentary

What if God is right and you are wrong?

Does the omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence of God matter to you? Do you think God doesn’t understand the modern world? Do you think God doesn’t understand your situation? Do you think you know more than God? Many people act as if they do. Please consider…

But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 NLT)

So we regard the words of the prophets as confirmed beyond all doubt. You’re doing well by paying attention to their words. Continue to pay attention as you would to a light that shines in a dark place as you wait for day to come and the morning star to rise in your hearts. First, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God’s direction. (2 Peter 1:19-21 GWT)

“The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

29:29 Moses ends his prophecy of the Jews’ rejection, just as St. Paul ends his discourse on the same subject, when it began to be fulfilled, Ro 11:33. We are forbidden curiously to inquire into the secret counsels of God, and to determine concerning them. But we are directed and encouraged, diligently to seek into that which God has made known. He has kept back nothing that is profitable for us, but only that of which it is good for us to be ignorant. The end of all Divine revelation is, not to furnish curious subjects of speculation and discourse, but that we may do all the words of this law, and be blessed in our deed. This, the Bible plainly reveals; further than this, man cannot profitably go. By this light he may live and die comfortably, and be happy for ever.Matthew Henry Commentary

Everything written long ago was written to teach us so that we would have confidence through the endurance and encouragement which the Scriptures give us. May God, who gives you this endurance and encouragement, allow you to live in harmony with each other by following the example of Christ Jesus. Then, having the same goal, you will praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:4-6 GWT)

Don’t idolize yourself above God — it won’t end well

I’m not ashamed of the Good News. It is God’s power to save everyone who believes, Jews first and Greeks as well. God’s approval is revealed in this Good News. This approval begins and ends with faith as Scripture says, “The person who has God’s approval will live by faith.”
God’s anger is revealed from heaven against every ungodly and immoral thing people do as they try to suppress the truth by their immoral living. What can be known about God is clear to them because he has made it clear to them. From the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what he made. As a result, people have no excuse. They knew God but did not praise and thank him for being God. Instead, their thoughts were pointless, and their misguided minds were plunged into darkness. While claiming to be wise, they became fools. They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for statues that looked like mortal humans, birds, animals, and snakes.
For this reason God allowed their lusts to control them. As a result, they dishonor their bodies by sexual perversion with each other. These people have exchanged God’s truth for a lie. So they have become ungodly and serve what is created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen! (Romans 1:16-25 GWT)

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