The question of the week: Can God make a rock so big He can’t lift it?

People striving to cut their teeth in atheism have specific questions they ask to challenge believers and seemingly rock their faith. There are no new questions. However, some of these questions can get you off-guard. Some of their questions are well thought out and intelligent.

On the other hand, most atheists ask questions not because they want to know the truth, but because they want to prove a point. Very few are interested in the truth. Very few would wish to pursue dialogue to come to truth.

People ask questions for many reasons. Most of the time, they are not really interested, and any answer you give will not help. It is dishonesty at the core of the heart.

Are you asking questions because you are genuinely interested in clarifications, or you are asking just to prove an egotistical point and display dishonesty in your heart?

The Omnipotence Paradox

When you hear an atheist say they want to take you on the Omnipotency of God, then the next ‘argument’ will go like this,

‘Can God make a sandwich so big he can’t eat it?’. Or, ‘Can God Make a Rock So Big He Can’t Lift It?’

Theologians and philosophers call this the ‘Omnipotence Paradox.’ It was first posed by a 12th Century Muslim thinker, Ibn Rushd.

It is not possible because God does not have adequate ability to make it be, but rather, it’s a logical inconsistency. You cannot conceptualise a two-sided triangle!
It is a bossy endeavour on the part of the sceptic to disapprove the omnipotence of God. But at least it does not limit an omnipotent being to our own understandings of omnipotence.

God is infinite, and only one being can be infinite (God is infinite, and two infinite beings cannot exist; that’s impossible). If there were two infinite beings, then none would be infinite for they would each be restricted by the other. However, an infinite being has no limitations, thus they can’t both be infinite.

If a rock is created that cannot be moved by an infinite being, then that rock is necessarily infinite. But if we have an infinite being and an infinite rock, then it follows that we have two infinite beings. That is a logical impossibility.

When we learn what infinity implies (without limit) and once we understand that God cannot violate the laws of logic (which are rooted in his own nature), then we can undoubtedly understand how God cannot make a rock so big to lift it. It is like asking one infinite being to create another infinite being. Not feasible!!
It is like saying you want to make a square circle. That is logically impossible.

It is asking God to bring about a logically incoherent state to His own nature.
This is what is called a category mistake – to say He can create something he can’t lift. It’s like asking an unmarried man what his wife’s name is? What does the yellow colour taste like, colour doesn’t taste, so it is not a relevant question?
It is similar to asking ‘Who made God?’ A category error.

Thus this worn-out argument by atheists is invalid. Atheists regularly gloat how smart they are, and how they know how to apply laws of argumentation. But a careful examination of some of their arguments says otherwise.

Are you asking questions because you are interested in knowing the truth, or just to shame somebody, make a name for yourself?

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