sound. You can see the flash of fire from the cannon?s mouth, a mile away, considerably before the noise of the discharge reaches the ear. God flashed the light of prediction upon the pages of his word, and we see it. Wait a little and we see the event itself.?
Royce, The Conception of God, 9 ? ?An omniscient being would be one who simply found presented to him, not by virtue of fragmentary and gradually completed processes of inquiry, but by virtue of an all-embracing, direct and transparent insight into his own truth ? who found thus presented to him, I say, the complete, the fulfilled answer to every genuinely rational question.?
Browning, Ferishtah?s Fancies, Plot-culture: ?How will it fare shouldst thou impress on me That certainly an Eye is over all And each, to make the minute?s deed, word, thought As worthy of reward and punishment? Shall I permit my sense an Eye-viewed shame, Broad daylight perpetration ? so to speak ? I had not dared to breathe within the Ear, With black night?s help around me??
(b) Since it is free from all imperfection, God?s knowledge is immediate, as distinguished from the knowledge that comes through sense or imagination; simultaneous, as not acquired by successive observations, or built up by processes of reasoning ; distinct, as free from all vagueness or confusion; true, as perfectly corresponding to the reality of things; eternal, as comprehended in one timeless act of the divine mind.
An infinite mind must always act, and must always act in an absolutely perfect manner. There is in God no sense, symbol, memory, abstraction, growth, reflection, reasoning ? his knowledge is all direct and without intermediaries. The ancient Egyptians properly represented God, not as having eye, but as being eye. His thoughts toward us are ?more than can be numbered?( <194005>Psalm 40:5), not because there is succession in them, now a remembering and now a forgetting, but because there is never a moment of our existence in which we are out of his mind; he is always thinking of us. See Charnock, Attributes, 1:406-497. <011613>Genesis 16:13 ? ?Thou art a God that seeth.? Mivart, Lessons from Nature, 374 ? ?Every creature of every order of existence, while its existence is sustained, is so complacently contemplated by God, that the intense and concentrated attention of all men of science together upon it could but form an utterly inadequate symbol of such divine contemplation.? So God?s scrutiny of every deed of darkness is more searching than the gaze of a whole Coliseum of spectators, and his eye is more watchful over the good than would be the united care of all his hosts in heaven and earth.
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