The MDXR

Thursday, October 13, 2005

God Couldn't Make That Rock!


Sure you have heard of this question " Can God make a rock so big that He cannot lift? " Well, if you say yes, then God can make that rock but the problem is He can't lift it! If you say No, it sounds like God is not omnipotent after all!.

As for me, I may wanna answer "No!" the next time my friend asks me that question.( of course, after reading "Renewing Your Mind" by R C Sproul)

Can God die?
Can God be imperfect?
Can God go back on His word?
Can God lie?

If your answer is yes, then that god would not be God. But God cannot not be God.

"God cannot act contrary to his nature. This is not a limitation imposed on God by his creation, but an intrinsic, internal limitation."

The key to the answer is the meaning of the word "Omnipotence".

Omnipotence = God is in control of His creation & He exercises dominion over it.

Omnipotence does not describe God's nature so much as His relationship to the created order.

To say God could make such a rock is to say that there could be part the creation that is outside the scope of God's control = denial of God's omnipotence.

To say that God cannot build such a rock is not to deny His omnipotence, but to affirm it. How so? Because God is in control of His creation & He exercises dominion over it.