While reading my scriptures tonight, I came across Moses 1:6.
>[There] is no God beside me, and all things are present with me, for I know them all.
After reading this verse, I was left wondering about what it means for omniscience. I have always believed ?¢‚Ç¨‚Äù or maybe have always been taught ?¢‚Ç¨‚Äù that omniscience means to know everything, to have a knowledge of everything. God’s omniscience meant that his brain was full of every fact past, present, and future.
This idea was further supported by the popular belief that humans use a small portion of their brains. Thus if we are resurrected and have 100% brain usage, we could store everything needed to know all things possible.
Now, after reading the above passage, I wonder if God’s omniscience is actually somehow having everything before him somehow. He doesn’t have every tidbit and fact and possible scenario in his mind, for example, but somehow has it all before him. Like a magic television or a giant crystal ball.
Let’s pretend you are a bishop. Let’s also pretend you received a letter from someone who wished to have his/her name removed from Church records. Would you attempt to convince the person to stay in the Church?
I came across something interesting while continuing my study on Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life.
“I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.” (1 Ne 8:24)
I find it interesting that Lehi would describe these persons as clinging to the rod rather than merely holding on to it. As I sat thinking about this, two other scriptures came to mind.
“Then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate” (2 Ne 31:18)
“Whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall” (Moses 7:53)
So maybe holding the rod just doesn’t capture what’s required to climb the strait and narrow path. Maybe it’s just too difficult to merely hold on. Maybe those Lehi saw were clinging because the way is just too hard. And maybe they were confident that there was something much better at the end of the rod.