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"Can God Create a Rock So Big He Could Not Lift It?" - How to Answer Skeptics

Updated on July 7, 2016
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Asa is an autodidactic Christian apologist. He currently lives in Idaho with his family.

Can God Create A Rock Too Big to Lift?

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"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?

Gravity.

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?

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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.

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      Gevex Gendric Torre Dispo 2 years ago from San Fabian , Pangasinan , Philippines

      First of all We are not sure that God is like us , i mean in a Human Form .

      I don't believe in any image that shows God is a Boy.

      Or like is He a He or a She .

      The Question we should answer is What does God Looks like .

      Then How powerful God is.

      After then

      WE can ask ourselves if not to God , Questions that God can answer .

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Exactly. How can "he" be evil if He doesnt exist.

      In other words it is impossible for any scientific proof to say god does not exist.

      You can see it all over HP: constant assertions that God is both responsible

      for human problems and yet "he doesn't exist". Odd!

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      Asa Schneidermann 2 years ago from Boise

      Thanks! I learn something new. I'll have to remember that.

      Touche! on the "blame God paradox". As a commenter once said:

      "The two pillars of atheist thinking: (1) God does not exist. (2) He's evil!"

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Its called a non sequitur argument as it doesn't make sense.

      I call it the "blame god paradox" as people who blame god are admitting he exists.!

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      Asa Schneidermann 2 years ago from Boise

      I think it still needs to be answered. The Bible tells us to tear down arguments. I like thinking about questions atheist's pose beforehand and be ready with a clear answer. You never know when you can use a skeptic's challenge to show the rationality of Christianity and ultimately present the Gospel.

      Yea, it's funny how atheists have to start with Christian assumption to make a case against Christianity. God said 'he who is not with me is AGAINST me'.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      The analogy is very lame and is kinda childish. I dont believe its any good.

      All "no God " arguments start with positing God first which is also cringe worthy. They are non sequitur arguments.

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      Asa Schneidermann 2 years ago from Boise

      Believe it or not, I read in a book about a Christian who said this question left them stumped.

      This question was posted to Hubpages about four years ago and not a single person could provide a satisfying answer. You can still see the thread if you search for it. Pretty lame I know...

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      I never heard of the so called rock paradox: its so illogical and dum it has a cringe factor of 10 out of 10.

      Big rocks? What about planets and asteroids floating in space?

      Don't get the alleged importance