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Omnipotence Paradox Answer
Today we are going to ask ourselves a question; is the Most High all powerful?
- "In philosophy, a formal fallacy (also called deductive fallacy) is a pattern of reasoning rendered invalid by a flaw in its logical structure that can neatly be expressed in a standard logic system, for example propositional logic. An argument that is formally fallacious is always considered wrong."
For example, the Rock Dilemma. If he can make a rock so big he cannot lift it, then he is not all powerful. If he cannot, then he is not all powerful. Another example is the Stick Argument. Can he make a one ended stick? By default a stick has two ends, so that s impossible. But here we are implying that being all powerful means you can do anything. Let's break it down.
-All: used to refer to the whole quantity or extent of a particular group or thing.
-Powerful: having great power or strength.
-Almighty: having complete power; omnipotent.
So if we split the words in two, we see that he has power over all things. That is what it means to be all powerful, or Almighty. He is mighty over all.
He Can't Do Everything
Now does this mean he can do anything? No. He has a specific nature that cannot be manipulated. For example, he is eternal. So if he was able to make himself nonexistant, then that contradicts his nature.
Can he lie? Read Isaiah Chapter 59, verse 11. Whatever he says must come to pass. So he always tells the truth. He is outside of space and time, so he sees the beginning and end. So with that view, he sees everything. So by default he cannot say something false, because everything he says must come to pass.
The Most High has set up the spiritual and natural laws. Natural laws can be manipulated to perform miracles. It is nothing for him to be able to split the Red Sea. He is not bound by these laws like we are. The only limit he has is his own nature. Things that would contradict his own nature are impossible for him to do.
- "The word "omnipotent" is never used in the Bible, but has been inferred primarily by one of God's Hebrew titles, "Shadday," which is most often translated "almighty."1 However, the Bible never claims that God can do all things. In fact, the Bible makes a point that there are things that God cannot do. The Bible says that God cannot commit sin.2 God cannot lie.3 Therefore, biblical omnipotence does not mean that God can do all things. God cannot do anything that is contrary to His holy character. However, God can do anything that He determines to do. This is a true meaning of omnipotence - the ability to do anything that one sets out to do."
"Some of the arguments against omnipotence are plain silly and stupid. Can God create a spherical triangle? Saying that omnipotence requires the ability to do logically impossible things is stupid. God cannot turn truth into a lie. If humans define a triangle as a two dimensional object formed by the intersection of three lines, it makes no sense to ask if God could make one that was spherical. When one says that God is all-powerful, one means that God is able to accomplish all that He desires to do. Even an all-powerful being cannot do what is impossible by definition. God can do many things that are humanly impossible. However, there are some things that even an all-powerful being cannot do." - Can God Create a Rock So Heavy He Can't Lift It? - Can God Truly Be Omnipotent?
The short answer is yes. But that is only the beginning of it. We have to understand the scriptural context of what it mean to be all powerful, or Almighty.
Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.