Doing the Impossible II

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

Two counselors at a summer camp

Hector: You know what? I’ve been thinking.

Isaiah: Yeah?

Hector: I don’t think God’s really all powerful.

Isaiah: He’s omnipotent. That’s as powerful as it gets.

Hector: God’s not really omnipotent if there are things He can’t do. For example, God can’t make a rock so heavy that he couldn’t move it.

Isaiah: God could make a rock and then make a promise never to move any rock that’s exactly that rock’s weight. Even though he made the rock, he would be morally incapable of moving it.

Hector: Come on — you know what I mean. He couldn’t make a rock that was beyond his physical power to move.

Isaiah: That doesn’t mean He’s not omnipotent. Omnipotent means being able to do anything that can be accomplished with power. There’s no amount of power that can do something illogical, so not being able to do illogical things doesn’t mean that He isn’t omnipotent.

Hector: There are still things God couldn’t do. If He’s all good, He couldn’t do evil.

Isaiah: That isn’t because he doesn’t have the power, though. God won’t do things that are against His nature — like break a promise not to move a rock — but when we’re talking about omnipotence, there’s a difference between “won’t” and “can’t”.

Hector: I guess, but it still doesn’t seem quite right. If God has unlimited power, it seems counterintuitive that there are things He can’t do.

Isaiah: It’s true, though. It’s like you have the power not to wear those stupid shorts but it’s against your nature not to look like a dork.

Hector: I hate you.

Isaiah: Back at you, bro.

 


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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:11 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Conversations

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