posted on Jul, 22 2014 @ 07:27 PM
originally posted by: Diderot
Wow, I bet you never heard this one before, right? Of course you have: “If God is omnipotent, then can he create a rock that is so heavy that he
can't lift it?” Now I am not seeking answers to this conundrum; I simply want to talk about the question itself. This classical paradox is a great
example of the formidable shortcomings of human analytical thought. This stumbling block reveals our still primative nature. I fancy that many
advanced Alien cultures would be amused by our naivete.
A simple, clear fact, is that we are still stumbling in the dark. Our hubris has advanced as far as our intellect has over the ages, and we seem
to think that we are just outside the gates of omniscience. But let me tell you: We are still firmly planted in the realm of the
primal, savage, “lesser” animals from wence we came.
This leads me back to the dilemma of the heavy rock. In the context of the spiritual vs. the secular world, we would be wise to acknowledge that
ignorance is simply a blank slate. The truth that awaits us is far, far greater than the truth that we now perceive.
The only limitations God has are those which he himself decrees. well that's close to the truth as is humanly possible.
in addition to omnipotence god has other qualities. He is absolute Good, absolute perfection and absolute Justice. this leads to a "problem" for God
and for us.
God created us with free will which means we are not perfect. we are not absolutely good. he created us in this fashion because he needed us to have
free will in order to be able to truly love him as he desired. of course he knew this would lead to trouble. he could have made us incapable of making
unacceptable decisions. but chose not to because it would render true love and conscious obedience impossible.
so how does God solve this paradox? He sets up a legally binding covenant which protects us from his wrath. He gave us the commandments and the rest
of the Torah (the letter of which is lethal to all of us because we cannot obey it perfectly.)but this sets up rules by which God agrees to spare us
for our sins through a system of sacrifice in which blood is shed for the remissions of sins. also a sacrifice has to be without blemish to be
permanently effective. the law gets more intricate: if someone is killed for a sin they did not commit someone else cannot be killed for that sin.
this set of rules is legally binding on God; not just men. God limits himself by choice.
so along comes this guy; Jeshua (who is Emmanuel, which means God with us.) he gets framed for capital offenses and slain. only he is without blemish
as he fulfilled the law perfectly. The old Covenant is fulfilled so now God can (must) compel himself to suffer our imperfection if he is perfect
Justice and perfect truth so forth and so on.
in brief... God can elect to place limitations on himself when it suits Him. but for something trivial like the rock thing (which he most probably
wouldn't lower himself to do) if he chose to he could most likely abrogate the restriction at will.
One could argue that his absolute traits and properties are a limitation. he had to go to a lot of bother to have children that were trouble and still
not feel compelled to squish them when they are so imperfect and disobedient. OTOH it ultimately did not limit him. it just caused Him to create and
implement a solution that satisfied his own standards of justice. and no this conundrum did not catch him unawares. he knew the issues when he did it
and already had a plan to solve it before the ink on the blueprints for the universe was even dry.
edit on 22-7-2014 by stormbringer1701
because: typos. there are probably more too.