A question that keeps coming back to me: does God write? His religion certainly does. The importance of records and recording is impossible to escape in both the religious and the culturally religious settings (i.e., how many times are we told in a doctrinal setting to keep a journal or record our impressions, and how many times in mormon culture do we see an emphasis on record-oriented activities, such as scrapbooking?). And then we do have the scriptures that tell us that things are recorded in heaven and in books of names and that angels will rejoice over them. It isnâ€™t stated that itâ€™s God himself who does the writingâ€”but it does seem to be standard celestial protocol.
I wonder if all that record keeping influences how I conceive of God. There are some who would argue that God has no need to write or record and that the very idea is blasphemous: isnâ€™t He omniscient? Doesnâ€™t He have everything present before Him? So why would He writeâ€”isnâ€™t writing and recording an inherently temporal act designed to give physicality to memory so that the past may continue to exist in the future? A contract, a grocery list, a letter, a poem: the act of writing essentially records these thoughts in time and preserves them against the loss of memory.
So if God writes, and if He is omniscient, I have a couple of possibilities. Maybe He has things recorded so that those who havenâ€™t reached godhood yet (like those rejoicing angels) can keep on top of things. Maybe His omniscience comes from having every record available to Him with an infinite number of angel-librarians (I like the image of a God-the-Librarian padding past celestial shelves late in the evening, his hand absently running along worn leather spines, but thatâ€™s just me and my fondness for Borges). Or maybe He just likes writing for its own sakeâ€”word play and a possibility for renewed interpretation keep an air of mystery about the placeâ€¦.
Bonus Question: If God writes, does He use a PC or a Mac?