Can God create a stone too heavy for him to lift?

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What is the one thing Almighty God is not capable of doing? asked by Dave Mathews

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God's Capabilities

Over the centuries there have been many questions asked that make us stop for a moment and really attempt to evaluate what God is capable of and what he is not capable of. Can God create a stone too heavy for him to lift? If he can not his power is limited, if he can his power is limited as well; isn’t it? Is it possible for God to tell a lie or for him to sin? Can God learn something new; can he ever be wrong? If god wanted to could he make another God, or stop being God, or cease to exist all together? Could God answer all of your prayers if he wanted to? These are some of the most mind bending questions that have been pondered in regards to Gods abilities over the years. If God is capable of all things, couldn’t he create a stone too heavy for him to lift? Of course, that would mean that there was something he couldn’t do, but only after he has created the stone that he can not lift in the first place.

God Causes and Allows

Perhaps God can only cause and allow things to happen as they pertain to our world, maybe he does not directly do anything; in this light he is capable of all things. He can cause a stone to heavy for him to lift to exist, and he can cause or allow it to be lifted as well. He can cause and allow sin to come into the world, he has already done it. When God created Lucifer he caused and allowed sin to come into the world, but he did it for a purpose. What that purpose is can only be speculated but it must have had a purpose.

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Perfect World

Why did God not create our world to be perfect and make certain that it stayed that way to begin with? I do not know, but have to trust that he has his reasons. As a science minded person I question everything, even the Bible and God, and especially other people, and traditional beliefs. I take nothing for granted, and certainly don’t go to church, listen to the preacher and just assume that his ideas are correct. The Bible that I have read several times, the HOLY BIBLE (KJV) has constantly warned me not to blindly believe what others have said and will say.

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Seek the Truth

I believe that God wishes for me and everyone else to seek the truth, regarding everything. Many would have us believe that we aren’t supposed to question, just believe, but I feel that those who believe this are among those that the Bible warns us about. It is easy to recognize the atheist and other non believers, but the believers that claim to have an understanding are often the real threats. The Bible plainly states that each man is to do his alms in private, and if you research the word alms it may refer to prayer, study and or contribution. Another such misconception is that we go to church to learn. The truth is that we should go to church to keep our faith strong, not to learn or be misled by the beliefs of a commercial preacher that sins every Sunday by accepting payment for his services. If you want to learn you have to study and ask questions, and above all pray. Satan's greatest accomplishment may be convincing people that we are not to question things and just accept them.


I don't know if I buy into the ideas expressed in the video below, but it does make an interesting argument, so I decided to include it. It states that the very question of "can God create a stone too heavy to lift?' is non-since, therefore it can’t be answered and shouldn’t be asked. This is an interesting take, but I feel that it is a valid question for one to ask, so it is a logical question. It is the answer that seems to defy logic not the question. These are just my opinions, and I would appreciate any input on the matter from any of my readers. As always thanks for reading and have a fantastic day.

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Chris Neal 4 years ago from Fishers, IN

I agree that we should give serious thought to the Bible and what it says. There are things God cannot do, He cannot look upon sin and He cannot allow sinful beings into His presence in Heaven.

I think you're a little hard on preachers. Don't they need to make a living too?

Voted up and interesting!

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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

God is capable of doing anything He sets His mind on doing. There is nothing God is incapable of.

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glmclendon 4 years ago

Good read. I believe God can do what He wants and my faith says GREAT! Dave, I don't get into those things. I know some say it is a good conversation, but I have peace with my thoughts in this regard and I like that.

I know God is able to do whatever. I love and trust Him to have the ability to do what He needs or want to do.

Stay Well

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Chris Neal, thanks for reading and commenting I appreciate it. I suppose you are right I am a bit hard on preachers there are many of them who are great. I suppose I get the message from some scripture that a man is not to accept payment for preaching the word. That's just my take on it though, there are many who would argue. Thanks again for reading and God bless.

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voice of one 4 years ago from Illinois

Good Hub, dmop. I will agree with Chris, you might be a liitle hard on preachers. But there has been a few who have gotten rich using the Word of God inappropriately.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Dave Mathews, thanks for reading and for your comment. I agree that God can do anything he decides to do, he wouldn't be God otherwise. Have a great day and God bless.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

glmclendon, I agree that God is capable of doing what ever he sees fit. I suppose my interest in philosophy keeps me asking though. I like hearing what others think, that is after all the root of philosophical thought. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great day!

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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

Don't even go there lol! Brain ache, no answer. Perhaps the easiest way around this apparent riddle, is to head directly to the metaphysics section of the library. Then it becomes clearer how the prime mover (god) set creation in motion, and how our reality, in its physicality and denseness, is quite far down the energy scale of creation.The idea of the creator suddenly making this existence perfect, or doing amazing things, can also be framed better. From this perspective also follows the perfect blend of evolution and creationism.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

voice of one, thanks for taking a moment to read and comment, I appreciate it. I'll try to check out a few more of your Hubs. Thanks again have a great day.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Electro-Denizen, I'll be honest I don't have an answer to many questions that one might ask about God, yet I believe because I have lived with an open mind and have come to that personal conclusion. Thanks for reading and commenting it is appreciated, and have a splendid day.

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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

dmop you're right - there is no answer that anyone can really provide and it always leads to problems when people claim to understand the subject. The best bit is that no-one knows :-) Good day to you too

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Interesting hub topoic. God expects us to ask questions and loves to hear them -- I ask lots of questions! If you believe totally, and take God at his Word, then you have to believe that all things are possible with Him (Luke 1:37). If you do not believe, then this question doesn't really make a difference in this time dimension. Enjoyed your hub challenge.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

You are a man after my own heart. My wife and I have recently become disenchanted with commercial churches (I have long been disenchanted with Christianity, and simply refer to myself as a follower of Jesus.) because they are so program and opinion oriented. We both went to very media- savvy churches growing up but, now, go to a simple, ritualistic presbyteran church and we love it. we3 hear the word of God, and we sing hymns of praise. there is no guilt, no propaganda, no "series" just the word of God.

I actually have no problem with full time pastors getting paid for being pastors, but I can see where many would.

I've written a few hubs, blogs and poems on the subject of religion and searching. If you're interested in reading them, send me an e mail and i'll send you some links.

great hub. Up and shared!

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ChinaDoll32BX 4 years ago from Bronx, New York

I really enjoyed this hub it was both interesting and thought provoking

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

teaches12345, thanks for reading and for your insightful comment. I'm glad you found it interesting, and I agree that God loves our questions. Have a great day, and God bless.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

PDXKaraokeGuy, thanks for reading and for your comment I appreciate your support. I know I pay special attention to the words in red, to me they are the most important. Thanks again and have a blessed day.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

ChinaDoll32BX, thank you for taking a look at my work and for commenting. I am glad you enjoyed it. Have a terrific day and God Bless.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear DMop ~ Very well spoken, as a seeker of truth. I think where the video trips up in the moderators premise of labeling and naming "dog" "circle" and "square." We, as material humans can give a name to specific items that we observe and interact such as animals and shapes. However, since we cannot ever say the name of G-d, know who He is in His entire greatness, or have a concept of infinity (which does not even explain Him as the Creator of All) then we really do not have terms in which to decide what the Almighty can and cannot do within the limited bounds of our little Universe. I hope this helped your dilemma. Thanks for visiting my Hubpages. Blessings, Debby

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MYWIKISTEP 4 years ago

This question reminds me my childhood.

This is where I first heard this question.

God is far beyond our limited logic.

It has to do with belief and true faith.

But, let me put it this way:

- There ' nothing God cannot do.

- And there is eveything that God can do.

Could you understand this within a human logic?

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Debby, Thanks for reading my Hub, I do appreciate it. I agree with you that our limited understanding can never explain God's unlimited power. It was a pleasure reading your work, I hope to make time to read more in the future. Thanks again, and God bless.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Appreciating the blessings and I agree with MyWikiStep. Nothing is beyond the ability of G-d. Faith lies at the heart of our understanding. Be prepared for anything to happen! (HUGS) Debby

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

MYWIKISTEP, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. We will never understand God's awesome power, but I keep asking questions and searching anyway, I suppose it helps my faith stay strong. Thanks again and have a great day.

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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

I like how you opened this hub up for discussion. I'm also science-minded (degree in psychology)....and I believe in God and am spiritual without the religion and church. Science always forces us to ask questions and just because we have questions about something does not make it non-existant.

God gave us free will so there is our hands, not his. If you've ever seen the movie with Jim Carey in it, "Bruce Almighty", it states that God can't make someone fall in love with someone else. I think that might answer your question and sort of refers back to free will.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

izettl, I guess I just like asking questions that don't really have answers. I don't expect to ever really understand it all, just like to contemplate the possibilities. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, have a wonderful day.

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jimagain 4 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Read it twice! Typically I avoid questions of conjecture as they often end up lost in a labyrinth of infinitessimal uncertainties but no thread of logic to follow our way back out. I thought you handled this subject well.

I agree with your premise that we should question everything, especially matters of faith but time or spsce would not permit a review of the abundant biblical precepts that establish the point. Proverbs 14:15 sums up why we should use discretion and discernment and not allow the radical adherents of faith without question to be reduced to a gullible disconnect from reality. Faith without skepticism can have disastrous consequences. I plead the Bible and History as evidence to that.

Somewhere along the way, some decided that is was unwarranted to question God, again an abundance of evidence and scripture would dispute that. I like what you said about being seekers of the truth which often pits true faith in dispute with religion, again the scripture is replete with that theme as well.

I also enjoy the subject of science but am willing to question not only God and the bible but also much of what we call science.

and so I say, Thank God for skepticism!

Again, I enjoyed your Hub.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

jimagain, Thanks for stopping by and for the awesome comment. I really like that you mention the questioning of science. I was taught in school that there were nine planets, but now it seems that this isn't the case. I know it goes much deeper than that, but that's the first example to come to mind. I do know that there are many physicists today that are questioning the existence of gravity. They don't believe that dark matter needs to be invented to explain why gravity makes no mathematical since in space. They think the idea of gravity needs to be reevaluated and perhaps dismissed altogether. Thanks again and have a great day.

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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

@dmop, a wonderfully thought-provoking article.

Exploring these things and stretching our minds helps us grow.

But you can create a question which is impossible to answer like, "When did you stop beating your wife?" The question is particularly non sequitur if you don't have a wife, but also if you never beat your wife, if you have one.

God is capable of all things. After all, it's His universe. The thing is, He likely will choose not to do a great many things.

What @Chris Neal said about not allowing sinful beings into Heaven is interesting and educational. Why can't sin pass into Heaven? One simple reason is that it's too "fat!" Heaven doesn't have space-time and energy-mass as we're used to. Sin is made of these things and physically would not fit. It would be like a fish out of water.

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

lone77star, The more I ponder the question the more I find that it goes around in circles never ending, yet I keep asking anyway. I like how you describe sin in heaven, I've never quite heard it explained that way before. Thank you for stopping by I hope you have a great day.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi dmop, and what a powerful hub this is! This has to be one of the most profound articles you've written. I was really impressed with your intellect!

Voted up


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

John Sarkis, Thank you so much for the generous comment and the vote. Honestly I had a lot of fun with this one. There may not really be an answer to the questions I posed, but asking and contemplating is still a treat to my ever active mind. I'm glad you stopped for a moment, and hope your day is filled with wonder and enjoyment.


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