Does God think about everything all the time?

Question 182, from Ben J.

Is God omni-conscious (actively thinking about all things at all times)?

The traditional Christian definition of God which borrows more form Greek philosophy than from Biblical revelation is that ‘God’ is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. In other words, God is all-powerful, all-knowing and exists everywhere.

While there are good philosophical reasons for reaching these conclusions about God, there are a number of issues with them. The problem of reconciling the existence of evil with the existence of such a being leads to either denying God’s goodness, or finding a way to explain why an omniscient being would not exercise their power and eradicate evil.

Within the classical definition of God, it would naturally follow that God has all things in mind at all times. Everything exists in both reality and in the mind of God. However, even within a classical framework, some clarification of the terms is helpful. (more…)