Do you ever get frustrated by God paradoxes? If you grew up in church, your philosophical friend probably brought them up. Or perhaps someone struggling with their faith has brought them up as a reason that they struggle with faith.
You’ve seen the question before:
Can God make a rock so big He can’t lift it?
- If God is omnipotent, He can create anything.
- If God is omnipotent, He can do anything.
- The question puts God’s power to create against God’s power to do; Which one wins?
This apparent contradiction or paradox has been answered many times before. Gotquestions.org answers the questions very efficiently:
This question is based on a popular misunderstanding about the definitions of words like “almighty” or “omnipotent.” These terms do not mean that God can do anything. Rather, they describe the amount of God’s power. Power is the ability to effect change – to make something happen. God (being unlimited) has unlimited power, and the Bible affirms this (Job 11:7-11, 37:23; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 4:8; etc.). Therefore, God can do whatever is possible to be done. God cannot, however, do that which is actually impossible.
THE REAL PROBLEM
- If God is God, is He limited by the English language?
- If God is God, is He limited by all human languages combined?
- If God is God, is He limited to my understanding?
- If God is God, is He limited by all of the joint understanding of mankind throughout human history?
Job 3626 Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.