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Think About It 
16th-Jan-2013 07:15 pm
catholic, religion, byzantine, eastern
I pondered a couple of things over the last few weeks:

1) The Nativity is a story we all know All of us are familiar with it: there was no room at the inn. Jesus was born in the simple surroundings of a stable. Going deeper into the story we see it is really a metaphor for the saving grace of Christ. God comes for the impoverished spirit. Christ is born in our humility. We need to humble ourselves so that Christ can be born within us.


2) The atheists love to challenge Christians using nonsense arguments. The object of these false logic arguments is to somehow represent God as being less than all-powerful. The most common one I hear is "can God make a rock so heavy even he cannot lift it?"

The official answer to this question is one of the nature of God and His being unable to contradict himself. If God cannot create the rock, then the atheist can claim He is not all-powerful. If God can create the rock, because He cannot lift it, He is not all powerful. It is a Catch-22 for the atheist.

However, no philosopher worth anything would ever even ask this question. An excerpt from Sermoncentral.com:

Essentially, the questioner is asking, “Is there any way that the God who can make all things can make a rock so big that the God who can lift all things cannot lift it?” Worded this way, the inconsistency and meaningless nature of the question is revealed. It’s actually a pseudo-question. It makes no sense. The question itself has no truth value in order to be evaluated as either true or false. It proposes impossible conditions that can never be met.

Trying to answer this question is much like trying to answer “What does the color blue smell like?” or telling someone to think about two boys, each shorter than the other. These types of sentences are called “self-defeating statements,” or “self-contradictory.” Fascination or even obsession with the “big rock” question really says more about the skeptic than about the truth or possible falsity of Christianity. Because such meaningless questions or statements in no way endanger the truth and know-ability of the Biblical world-view, there is no need to be afraid of them.

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The “big rock” question reveals false assumptions about the biblical concept of omnipotence. Omnipotence does not mean God has the power to do anything at all; it is the power to do anything consistent with His character and who He is. The question is not really one of power as much as it is of logic and consistency. God cannot do something that is logically contradictory or contrary to His nature. For example, He cannot lie or sin or learn anything new. Those things that are true about His character will always be true, and He cannot do anything to contradict them.

Does it mean the Lord is not powerful because there are things He cannot do? Not at all. It simply means He is a perfect and unchangeable God. Just like He cannot do things that contradict His perfect nature, He also cannot do those things that are logically impossible. For example, He cannot make a square circle. Likewise, it is a logical impossibility—and a nonsensical thing to ask—for God to make a rock so big that He can’t lift it.


This is not the conclusion I came to in my considerings of this question. My answer is an unequivocal "yes". God not only can create a rock, but a piece of timber too heavy to for Him to lift. God, in the Holy Trinity person of Christ Jesus, battered, bruised, and bleeding, was too weak to carry a piece of wood. So weak was He it had to be borne by a mortal man. Can God create a rock so heavy He cannot lift it? Yes. He can. The wonderful thing is that in His inability to carry a simple piece of wood, He simultaneously lifted up the entirety of humankind.
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