Can God Make a Rock So Big that Even God Can't Lift It?

or

Why Unmarried Men are So Limited

Some people think they are so clever. Don't believe me? Just announce that you believe in God and they will come flocking to your ear, saying things like: “Well, if God can do anything, can God make a rock so big that even he can’t lift it?” 

It's a trap, of course. If the believer says “Yes God can make such a rock,” clever-guy will accuse your God of being limited because God has made a rock God can not lift. And if you say “No,” clever-guy will say your God is limited because God can not make the rock. Either way, according to clever-guy, your God is limited. It seems there's no acceptable way to answer it. 

But there is. The answer is NO. God can not make a rock so big that even he can’t lift it. This is not because God is limited. It is because the rock is limited. God also can’t make a married bachelor. This is not because God is limited, it is because a bachelor is limited to the extent that a guy can not be married while still being a bachelor. Bachelor, by its own limited definition, can not include men who are married. Likewise, a rock is limited to the extent that it can not be so big that God can’t lift it. There can be no such rock.

can god make a rock so big that even he can't lift it?

  • CATEGORY: theology for your God-shaped hole

  • 10-26-2013

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