Everything isn't sentient. Everything refills sentience.
Every person as a shepherd intelligence that used to be one with the intelligence that created it and namely the God we know as the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We are no longer one with Him because of sin. But thanks to His death on the cross we all have the chance to be reunited with Him.
God isn't linear. But we think that way. We are bound by time. That requires us to think somewhat linearly. But we don't have to. We can think like him if we use our imagination.