The religious concept of God is that God is omniscient, and omnipotent. God knows all, past, present and future. God can do anything, any time, and anyway he wants.
That concept hits a bit of a problem however early on in the Bible that is supposedly the inerrant word of God. If it is the inerrant word of God, then perhaps God cannot see into the future. That’s what Genesis indicates.
Just check out Genesis 1:4. That’s barely into the big book where God is still crafting the earth and universe. That section says: “God saw that the light was good,. . .” This was of course right after God created light and separated it from darkness.
Note that this is written in past tense. That is that God saw it was good only after he had created it. Thus, this is not omniscience or all knowledge of past, present and future. It is no better than the past experience of any of us. Thus, this shows that god is not or was not omniscient.
You can find similar representations of past knowledge by God – but not future prediction – in Genesis 1:10, Genesis 1:12, Genesis 1:18, Genesis 1:21 and Genesis 1:25. These are respectively after creating – if you believe all this – water and land, all flora, morning and evening, fish and birds, and land creatures.
At the end of all this on the sixth day, in Genesis 1:31 God says, “God saw all that he had made and it was very good.” All of this references a past tense of looking at the world, rather than a projection into the future with God omniscient and knowing the future. Were that the case, then this section collectively or individually would have been written, “God was about to create the heaven and earth, light and dark, land and water, all flora, all fish and birds, and all land creatures, and he knew in advance it would all be good.”
But we don’t have that in the Bible, only a weak blanket statement that God is all-knowing, but without any evidence or statements to prove this at all.
Realize that this is just a small part of two pages of this 1232 page volume in the New International Version. Immediately in these pages, God – if this Bible is the inerrant word of God – weakens the whole argument for him as an all knowing and all powerful god.
It all comes back to the question asked by the philosopher Epicurus (341 – 270 BCE). “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
Is it possible for God to see into the future? Then why write these sections of Genesis in the past tense? Is it possible for God to do anything he wants, anyway he wants, any time he wants? If so, why is it necessary to presume only after the fact that it is good?
Maybe, as Epicurus suggested so many centuries ago, God is not really important, or maybe even that God isn’t a god at all.