Christianity's Philosophical Downfall: The Omnipotent God

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Questioning the Great One

The one serious flaw to most Christian religious philosophies, and especially that of those who simultaneously live by the Old Testament and the New Testament is that of the all knowing- all powerful God. This type of thinking leads Christian believers to a state of powerlessness over their own life and leaves them praying instead of acting in times of crisis. This type of thinking also leads to the many fallacies such as "bad things happen to bad people." Or "how could God kill that baby?" The all powerful and knowing God is associated with doing as many bad things as the being is good.

It is of my opinion that just based on rough theological perspectives on Christianity that the majority of the faith practice some type of uneducated "weak" religion. For instance, most Christians are as quick to quote a verse from the Old Testament as they are the new. Just from the perspective of what it means to be a Christian and the major contradictions between the two versions should illustrate to most that the first part of the Bible is there more for reference than it is for practice, yet this does not seem to be the case.

If the philosophical perspective were to shift, as it should, that God could not possibly undermine every living aspect on Earth for to do so would undermine that of his gift of freewill. For instance, if we look at the "bad things happen to bad people" fallacy (that is all too common) it would let us see that if God were to punish us now on Earth for not following him then essentially we would be getting punished for executing freewill. In addition, this type of teaching leads toward a hatred of God when we feel we are the ones being punished. If God merely walks besides us, and suffers with us, then all of the sudden God is not responsible for all of the good and all of the bad that happens in our life.

The root of most of this philosophy in contemporary religion comes from the practice of practicing the religion that is illustrated and documented in the Old Testament, even though it would appear that if God were happy with the practice of his ideas of good and evil than there would have been no need for a messiah to bring a new message, which in many cases clearly speaks against many of the beliefs in the Old Testament.

What if God were so loving that he could not punish us because he loves us? And when we suffer not only does he suffer with us, but as a parent suffers for a child, suffers worse than us. The omnipotent God creates a version of God that is capable of harm and would be responsible for chaos and crisis in the world. The omnipotent God would do the work of he and Satan here on Earth. This is a dangerous perspective to take on Christianity and it deeply saddens me anytime I hear someone speak of the almighty in this manner. If God could control everything than how would one choose him? There would be no need for choices, if God controlled everything this would be Heaven already and there would be no need for the suffering we all endure. God is a loving God capable of empathy, and to think otherwise, even in the best attempts to be Christian, certainly could not lead to a satisfactory pursuit of spirituality.

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rdhowell 6 years ago from North America

Hi estopher,

I would like to comment on some of your statements:

"What if God were so loving that he could not punish us because he loves us? And when we suffer not only does he suffer with us, but as a parent suffers for a child, suffers worse than us."

That's an excellent point. Could it also be that "suffering" is actually a part of the overall plan for (eventual) happiness? As, for example, a parent punishes a child, not because they do not love their child, but in fact because they DO love their child, and want the child to change their behavior in order to acheive eventual happiness?

"The omnipotent God creates a version of God that is capable of harm and would be responsible for chaos and crisis in the world. The omnipotent God would do the work of he and Satan here on Earth. This is a dangerous perspective to take on Christianity and it deeply saddens me anytime I hear someone speak of the almighty in this manner."

There is an argument that God actually uses "Satan" to acheive His final purpose. What do you think of that argument?

"If God could control everything than how would one choose him? There would be no need for choices, if God controlled everything this would be Heaven already and there would be no need for the suffering we all endure."

I'm not sure why God being in control, and humans without free-will, implies "this would be Heaven."

But I agree (if this is what you are implying) that serious problems arise from holding BOTH that God is "omnipotent" AND that we have free-will.

However, that may depend on what exactly it MEANS to be "omnipotent."

One view is that it means that God can do any and everything, including performing a contradiction, such as make Himself both exist and yet not exist at the same time.

But perhaps a more reasonable definition is that God can do anything that it is LOGICALLY POSSIBLE to do.

Thus, it isn't the case that God cannot make Himself both exist and yet not exist at the same time.

Rather, the problem is more fundamental: There IS NO SUCH THING as both existing and not existing at the same time. There is NO SUCH THING as a round-square, or two plus two equalling five and three-quarters.

It's not a matter of God not being powerful enough, there simply is no such animal to begin with, and thus the whole proposition is MEANINGLESS.

It's like if John said to Jim, "Roll me that round-square and I will pick it up", and, in fact, John does not pick it up.

Why not? Is Jim not capable of rolling the damn thing?

Well, that is asking the wrong question. It's not a matter of Jim's ability or lack thereof. Rather, THERE WAS NEVER SUCH AN OBJECT EVEN POSSIBLE TO BEGIN WITH.

So, we are not limiting Jim's power by saying that Jim did not roll the round-square. There never was such a thing, and no possibility of such a thing in the first place, so the whole notion was meaningless.

Another way to put it is like this: There is no such a thing as a situation where either God controls everything because He is omnipotent, or either we have free-will.

No such dichotomy is even possible.

Randy

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