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"Can God Create a Rock So Big He Could Not Lift It?" - How to Answer Skeptics
Can God Create A Rock Too Big to Lift?
"Can God create a rock so big that He cannot lift it?" the atheist asks.
If you say, "Yes. God can create a rock so big that even He cannot not lift it."
Then the atheist replies, "Well then, He's not all powerful, is He?"
If you say that He cannot create a rock too big to lift, then the atheist will say, "Well, He's not all powerful then is He?"
Haha! Heads I win, tails you lose! This question is supposed to be a trap, and it has stumped some Christians.
What then is the answer? The answer is simple: the question is invalid. God is not bound by natural laws - such as gravity - that He himself created!
When you or I have a hard time lifting a rock, what are we struggling against?
Who created gravity?
God created gravity.
Is God bound by an earthly law that He created?
Of course not!
See how this question is invalid? God is not subject to a force of earth like gravity. He created it! The dictionary definition of gravity reads thus:
Gravity - the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the earth.
Notice the phrase "terrestrial bodies" and "earth".
Whenever you see these kinds of questions, always look to see if they 'shrink' God. In the above question, the premise tries to put God within the limits of human abilities. It 'shrinks' Him. You see this in other questions like: 'Who created God?'. God, by definition, cannot be created. He is eternal (Revelation 1:8). Many such questions asked by skeptics can be easily answered if you look for the premise that shrinks God.
Life from Non-Life?
Challenge the Atheist Back
After you answer the question, hit the atheist back with this question: "Can life come from non-life as is necessary for your worldview to be true?"
When the atheist says, 'yes', yell out: " But this violates the First Law of Biogenesis!" Then laugh in his face! "Hahahahahahahaha!"
No. Just kidding. Don't do this. It is a good question to ask, but always be kind. Remember that many Christians were once atheists and skeptics. As Christians, we are to have answers for those who ask and I would suggest having some questions for the atheist always ready, but we should always be respectful, whether the other person is or not.
1. Peter 3:15-16 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.