In part 1 of this article, we explored the seeming conflict of predicting the future of free willed beings even by our omniscient Creator. Do we really have free will if God already knows the outcome for each of us? (You will need to have already read part 1 to understand the analogous pinball game we now continue with in part 2.)
We can assume the Creator of the game has willed that not one pinball (soul) should perish from what we read in the Bible. That means offering endless opportunities to each ball/soul, coupled with a review for what worked well and what didn’t after each “experience” through the playing area, would result in progress being made toward achieving the desired goal. This assumption works well if we believe that we were created in God’s perfect image so what most pleases God mirrors the pleasures shared by all His children through our spiritual DNA connection with Him.
The real weakness of the pinball analogy is that it does not take into account how much God loves us or that He will not cease helping us to be one with Him. Living strictly under the cold unfeeling ways of the earthly laws of physics in no way relates to the loving relationship we can have with our Creator. But that is another choice we can all make. We can choose to live under the law of “an eye for an eye” where all have sinned and fallen short of perfection, or we can rise above those unfeeling laws by accepting God’s loving ways for our own and start living the unlimited life we were created to share.
So we can continue to recycle ourselves repeatedly into the pinball game’s playing field trying to score more points, or we can realize that God has created an infinite universe out there for all of us to enjoy. Our real goal is not to just do well on earth, but to take our rightful place with God as companions and co-creators in the infinite universes.
That last statement makes playing the pinball game seem kind of silly, doesn’t it? And, no doubt, eventually we will look back at all these experiences on earth and wonder just what were we thinking. But today, our task is to raise our understanding to see the game for what it is; an opportunity to remember that we are the divine children of our loving Father and know what we are capable of achieving. Jesus performed mighty miracles on earth but also said we would all perform greater miracles than He had done. That statement starts to make sense when we see how much more lies ahead for us all once we lift our consciousnesses out of the limited “pinball game of earth” and get on with the truly unlimited life we were created to share.
So how can God predict a happy outcome for us all despite our free will to choose against His loving ways? Because He is ultimately irresistible to us and never gives up on us. The game of life on earth is designed to get us all back on a loving track, as He created us to be. And once we recognize the oneness of all things, we start to lift our gaze beyond the minutia of this earth and look upon the wonderful and infinite possibilities of the future.
But what about God’s omniscience? Doesn’t He know everything we’ll ever do before we choose it? This author believes that God has always known every possibility of what we can do, but it is up to us to freely choose our own path. That way, the ultimate path of the pinball/soul is to rejoin those in the hopper, but the path it takes to get there is completely up to the free will of each of us. And from “the hopper,” (heaven) we are free to partake in God’s unlimited creation beyond the limited earth we know now.