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God's Wonders: The Question of Omnipotence
I don’t pretend to know exactly how to define God’s powers, but I do like to wander through the labyrinthic stacks of supposition and theory, grasping at elusive concepts and morsels of clues bedecked with promising dewdrops of glittering affirmations.
With that said, I’ll continue onward and upward with the issue at hand: Is God really omnipotent? Well, probably so. But . . . what if . . .
There’s only one place in the Bible that uses the word “omnipotent:” Revelation 19:6: “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”
The word “omnipotent” is defined as having unlimited or universal power. “Unlimited” is certainly all-encompassing, it would seem. But this leads me to a question: If God is truly omnipotent, then why does He use angels? Why didn’t He, alone, fight the dragon mentioned in Revelation 12:7-8? When the tower of Babel was being constructed, He had to “go down” to see what was happening. This sounds like a type of “limitation.”
Let’s look at this in a different way, by considering the power of a king: Some kingdoms in the past have been described as being ruled over by a very powerful king. Was the king very, very strong? Was he very, very big? No; his power was mainly determined or defined by the number of people faithful to him.
Can we give this same definition to the word “omnipotent” as it applies to God?” If He is omnipotent, and if “omnipotent” is defined by the number of people or angels faithful to Him, then God would have to have an infinite number of people or angels at His beck and call. But it seems impossible to have an infinite number of people. So perhaps “infinite” followers can be defined as a set number of people that never stops multiplying or recruiting. In that sense, we can define “omnipotence” as a power without final limits, and perhaps that can define God’s power.
What I have done, is bring into the human arena, the possibility of gaining “omnipotence” as defined above. Why? Because I believe that some day some of us can become gods. This hope is given to us through the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also believe that God was once a man like myself. The mere fact that these possibilities were put forth has caused my mind to wonder “How?” This is the result of that wondering.
Next, you may wonder about my sanity, or my lack of humility in thinking I can become a god. Well, I don’t necessarily think that. I’m only responding to the “how” that my curious brain put out when I was taught those doctrines.
And the more I thought about it, the more I concluded that maybe it wouldn’t be difficult to become a god, given enough time; perhaps a billion, or a trillion years?
An example of how a god – or perhaps more accurately, a man – can do what God did is found in the following hub:
It concerns the creation of matter from nothing, and touches on the Big Bang. After that, the elements take over, obeying their laws, finding their homes in the form of gases, dust, ice, astroids, planets, stars and galaxies. The man can step in, occasionally, to tweak some of the matter by simply telling it what to do – much like Jesus did when He told the sea to be calm, or when He walked on the water.
So now, you’ve just had a trip through my brain, my soul, and you may have a slight idea as to the makeup of SamboRambo, aka Sam Antone, aka Samuel Richardson. I’m not asking you to believe the things I present; I’m only sharing part of myself with you, here on HubPages.
This hub is part of a series. So far, there are two: this one, and
In the near future, I will do an article about omniscience, and on creating life.