Posted 2/23/2021 11:34 (#8852974 - in reply to #8852788) Subject: RE: God's plans?
Perhaps it’s because we think in terms of time. A being that exists outside of what we consider time is not constrained by the passage of time.
I’ll give an analogy in computer terms. We have recently began to program artificial intelligence into computer programs. Meaning the program will learn. The programmer has an end goal in mind. He will write the basic rules and guidelines he wants the computer to follow and write in certain biases. At some point he will feel it is up to the computer to make the rest of the decisions and he will hit “enter” and run the program.
At this point the computer takes over and learns and makes decisions of its own. The programmer hopes the end result will be what he wanted, his plan, but at that point it is up to the computer to make the right choices that get to that result.
Even though both the programmer and the computer exist in time it kind of approximates the time issue also. The computer would make an enormous number of decisions in a short time. At the end of the test the programmer would know the results and could check to see if the program “grew” like he wanted it to. He could even go back and review the decisions the computer made to get to the result it did. The computer would have been given what it needed to follow the programmers plan but the choices were only guided, not forced.
The programmer could also run the same program on multiple computers and he would get different results because the programs would learn and would not all make the same decisions.
Ultimately, the programmer could then decide to keep the programs that grew the way he wanted them to and discard the rest.