Among the numerous contradictory misconceptions about God, there is the assumption many traditional believers have about what God believes. The Nov. 30, 2009 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) revealed that the belief in God having beliefs is typical throughout the American society. In the PNAS survey, participants reported their own belief about an issue, their estimate of God's belief on that issue, along with a variety of other people including Microsoft’s Bill Gates, baseball’s Barry Bonds, former President George W. Bush, and other “average Americans“. The survey indicated that belief in God’s beliefs crosses most monetary, ethnic, and religious demographics, if not all. Theosophically, the notion itself of God actually holding beliefs is a false assumption, stemming from an incorrect understanding of the concept of omniscience.
What is divine omniscience? Typically it means “all knowing”, which strongly implies knowing everything which is possible for the human, created mind to know. But this only scratches the surface of an understanding of divine omniscience. One of God’s universally understood attributes is that of the infinite. This necessarily means that all of God’s attributes are infinite in nature, and true understanding of these attributes is not possible for the human mind to comprehend. But, if we use the notion of infinity and apply it to all divine attributes, we expand our traditional description of God beyond merely anthropic definition.
Let’s apply the rather novel concept of all divine attributes being infinite in nature, to the notion of omniscience. In doing this, we find that God is not merely all-knowing, but rather is infinite in knowing. This new perspective leads us to the conclusion that God’s knowing is not only infinite, but also immediate and unlearned. What is there for an infinitely knowing being to learn? Nothing. God knows everything, thus there is no need for learning with respect to God’s mind. Learning is a necessary quality for created minds to have, without question. But there is no need for learning with a mind that is infinitely knowing.
At this point we can address the notion of God holding beliefs, and summarily reject the notion entirely. Belief is best defined as the converse of doubt. This also means that belief, no matter how strongly it is held, brings the possibility of doubt with it. What is there for an infinitely knowing mind to doubt? Nothing! In the mind of God, there can be no doubt. Conversely, in the mind of God, there can be no belief. Belief is a necessary ingredient with respect to the created mind, which allows for possible understanding when faced with less than concrete evidence. This also demonstrates that it is the human, created mind that conjures belief, not God’s mind.
The entire notion of God holding beliefs is based on a false, anthropomorphic, human-ego-based mental machination. We believe. God doesn’t believe. God knows!