Saturday, February 26, 2011

Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnibenevolence: Intro

I had a conversation about God once (I've actually had more than one, but I am thinking of a particular one).  In this conversation, it was mentioned that God has three notable qualities: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence.

Omnipotence is being all-powerful.  One could create the universe itself, the materials within it, time, space, spacetime, people, mushrooms, and even cows.  When you've got omnipotence, you can do anything you darn well please.

Omniscience is being all-knowing.  This is also pretty self-explanatory, but think about the scope.  You know everything that is happening, has happened, and will happen.  You know every single person's thoughts, feelings, actions, why they are that way.  You know where every star and every planet will be, when they will line up, what will happen in that case, when stars will explode, and what planets are getting wiped out because of it.  You could not only tell if a flea farted, but you could tell which hair on which dog it was on when it happened.

Omnibenevolence is being all-loving, or all-caring.  This means that you want the absolute best to happen to every single thing in the universe.  No matter what somebody has done (to themselves, to others, or to you), you love everybody. You love them all equally.  This is unconditional love taken to the super extreme.

The combination of these three qualities makes for one heck of a being.  It kind of borders on being a Mary Sue how great it would be.  But that's when I wondered, what would it be like if somebody had two of those three qualities?  No matter what you chose, you would make one seriously messed up being.

In the next several entries, I will explore those combinations, what they could come up with, and what it would be like to have them interact with each other.  It's gonna be some good stuff.  Stick around.

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