God, God, God. Just what were you thinking (or perhaps you weren’t)? I mean, you’re all knowing, all seeing. So why did you have to come to Earth to experience human existence? You already know what it’s all about. You’ve already experienced it directly from the minds of millions of humans who have lived and died. So why did you need to see it through your own essence-made-flesh?
And for that matter, why did you need to ‘come to Earth’ anyway, when you’re already there (after all, you’re everywhere)? Were you have a senior’s moment? A little bout of cosmic dementia? Did you forget that you knew everything? Experienced everything (in fact, you already knew the entirety of existence and everything that would happen for eternity from the moment you created the universe, because you’re all-knowing). So why? There was literally nothing you could learn from coming to Earth in a physical body.
To you the reader: the Christian God supposedly knows EVERYTHING. That means: He knows all that was, He knows all that is, and He knows all that will be. He knows what it is to love, to hate, to lust, to fear, to kill, to suffer… to sin. He knows the life of priviledge and He knows the life of poverty. And He knows everything in between. He knows each and every person’s thoughts and feelings. Even the secret ones you don’t admit even to yourself.
God did not need to come, bodily, to Earth to experience humanity. He always and forever has the experience of a complete human life each and every moment of His being. So why did He come? I don’t know.
[As an aside, for those readers who haven’t figured this out yet: if God knows everything, then there is NO free will. Because, if you had free will, then God wouldn’t know what you were going to do. And if God didn’t know what you were going to do, then God wouldn’t know everything. Ergo, either God knows everything and there is no free will, or there is free will and God doesn’t know everything.]
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But let’s ignore the inconvenient truth of the above, and continue on with the Christmas story. We’ll just assume God had some kind of cosmic Alzheimer’s Disease and had to learn what it was like to be human so he could fully appreciate our suffering.
Even if it’s a little late for that, since He’s caused so much of it Himself. But who knows, maybe He found love or something.
So, God wants to come, bodily, to Earth to experience what it means to be human. As one does, he picks an undeveloped, nowhere part of the world, chosing to be born male. And he goes and lives His new life, turning his back on His human family, calling followers to Him and telling them to leave their families and friends, showing off by doing party tricks at weddings. You know, the usual kind of thing you do when trying to learn about a people and their civilization. And when He’s had enough, he let’s himself be killed (because, I mean, He’s God right? God can’t be killed if He didn’t want to be). And the rest, well, that’s for Easter.
But, what I really want to know is, why did God only come down to Earth in the form of a single person? I mean, how much can you learn about humanity from the experience of one, short life? What about other genders, other cultures, other economic statuses?
Insight and longevity.