Is God Omniscient? Or there is something which is unknown to God. Some Cults within the Christendom profess that God is limited in his knowledge. Even some within the evangelical circles affirmed this theology known as ‘open theism.’
The Members of the Church of God International or known as Ang Dating Daan led by the Eli Soriano affirmed this theological position.
Soriano Himself taught that there is something, which is ‘unknown’ to God. He, used some phrase like “Adam, Where are You,” “that things never entered in to my mind’ and etc, and some scriptural texts, to support their reading. In fact, one of their members argued with me to support this theological position with the phrase of Apostle Paul, ‘the foolishness of God.’
Here is the following reason, which negates the ‘Fool God’ doctrine of MCGI.
First, the Apostle John stated that ‘For God is greater than our heart, FOR HE KNOWS EVERYTHING’ [1 John 3:20].Nowhere in the scriptures that can be found the statement, which negates directly the fact and declared, “He does NOT KNOW everything.’ Therefore, their theology is a product of misreading of the text and a pure guesswork.
Second, those texts from the OT which used by this cult cannot be interpreted literally for it will contradict to the first point that I have here. Those texts are written in figure of speech, Hermeneutist called it ‘ anthromophic’ expression. That is human term from the human perspective to express the emotion of God.
Finally there are numerous gangs of facts that support the idea of the divine omniscience.
- GOD KNOWS OUR THOUGHTS BEFORE IT BECAME A WORD
“ O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you PERCEIVE MY THOUGHTS FROM AFAR. 3 YOU DISCERN my going out and my lying down; YOU ARE FAMILIAR with all my ways. 4 BEFORE A WORD IS ON MY TONGUE YOU KNOW IT COMPLETELY, O Lord. 5 You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 SUCH KNOWLEDGE IS TOO WONDERFUL FOR ME, TOO LOFTY FOR ME TO ATTAIN. [NIV]
- GOD KNOWS EVERY HEART and Mind OF MEN
24 Then they prayed, “Lord, YOU KNOW EVERYONE’S HEART. Show us which of these two you have chosen”[NIV]
“Then all the churches will know that I AM HE WHO SEARCHES HEARTS AND MINDS,”[NIV]
- NO SECRET CAN BE HIDDEN FOR GOD
3 NOTHING IN ALL CREATION IS HIDDEN FROM GOD’S SIGHT. EVERYTHING IS UNCOVERED and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. [NIV]
Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?”[NIV]
- GOD KNOWS EVEN the UNFORMED HUMAN
Jer 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, NIV
In conclusion, there is a funny thing about the doctrine of this cult, they elevated their preacher Eli Soriano as the ‘wise’ man while they de-elevated their God calling Him limited in understanding. I called the the ADD a religious sect of the ‘fool God’ with a wise preacher.