If God is personal, how can He, say,

hear 6 billion prayers at once?

It’s a question of

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TIME.

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How can we think about this?

 

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Of course, God could do this any way He wants.

As to “dimensions,” we can only wrap our reason around 4:  We can package space with height, width, and depth (or length, width, and height). We can use our senses to picture things that come and go in our world–and even out beyond it¹.

Then there’s the arrow of time. It goes in a line just “straight” in one direction. We can sense the meaning of that. There are 4 dimensions and we can mentally understand that.

But why only 4 dimensions? Numbers can go farther than that, but 4 dimensions are all we can rationally visualize. For, say, a 4th space dimension, try to imagine a football being turned inside out without ripping the ball apart². In fact, The Big Bang scenario that started off the universe involved, we are told, 10 or 11 dimensions at the beginning. Math and matter on the move can create strange things for us to consider!

Now, without insisting upon “timelessness” (whatever that means) for God, let’s see how we can think about how God can listen to, and interact with 6 billion praying people–now or in the future.

Image yourself on a timeline headed across the page. You’re praying, as are others on a timeline going in the same direction. Now God, who created the dimensions along with everything else, makes time for Himself in 2 dimensions. On your timeline make a dot where you are now, praying. At that point make another line that runs perpendicular to yours. Make it long enough to hold 6 billion dots for the others who are praying at the same time. God, who’s not bound by human shape, and who made the “plane of time,” can enter each of those 6 billion dots and give everyone personal attention  simultaneously as the arrow of time common to everyone on moves steadily ahead.

Now does God do things that way? I’m totally sure I’m in kindergarten here. But it’s one way we can use what we know to begin to think about what might be. And thinking with humility is a good thing.

As to the wonders of dimensionality and shape, let your brain consider the “cubic” new Holy City described in Rev. 21:17. The edge of the cube would be the distance halfway across the United States.

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¹ This post, except for the last paragraph, follows our interpretation of Beyond the Cosmos by Hugh Ross (of reasons.org)

² This is a common example of trying to picture extra dimensions.