Thanks a lot for helping me to grapple with this issue. It came up when I was teaching a Sunday Bible class on forgiveness based on Dr. Neil Anderson's book "Victory Over the Darkness." He said, "Forgiveness is not forgetting. God who is omniscient doesn’t forget our sins but He promised not to use it against us" in reference to Hebrews 10:17. Our pastor in charge of intercessory and deliverance ministry, who was present, instructed me to remove the statement from the students' notes as it contradicted what another teacher taught the day before. That put me in a dilemma because my understanding of scripture is: If God's nature is eternal, unchanging and all-knowing, how could the knowledge of sin possibly be erased from His mind? It would make Him less than omniscient and therefore less than God. Further, if we still retain knowledge of our sins and He has erased it from His rememberance, then, we know what He doesn't. How could He be omniscient, then? This really is mind-boggling!
Yes. I would like to know your views on this issue.
We had this discussion not too long ago. This idea of conflict comes from people who insist on one meaning for a word and disallow the Bible from being a normal piece of human literature with figures of speech and shades of meaning. The Bible was expertly written by men who were inspired of God. Because they were men, they used the common language of their culture. This language used idiom and figures of speech as well as multiple shades of meaning.
So for me, it's not a huge leap to think of "Remember" in this context to mean, "I will not bring it up again". We say things like that all the time - "forget you ever heard this". Of course we never forget, but we will act as if it never happened.
The non-offensive and lucid way you explain this issue is really helpful. Thanks a bunch.