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Can God make a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it? [message #2193] Sat, 28 October 2017 14:59
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Sometimes you will hear nonbelievers ask that if God is omnipotent, is He able to make a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it? The assertion is made that the existence of an omnipotent God is impossible, because if He is omnipotent, God should be able to lift any rock that He makes, and should be able to make a rock that He cannot lift; nonbelievers say this contradicts God's omnipotence. I wondered about the answer to this question for a while, and some months ago the Lord was pleased to reveal to me an answer to it in His Word as I was studying my Bible. Unfortunately I did not think to share this answer until now (it was foolish of me to not think of posting the answer here), but thankfully God reminded me of this earlier today and so here is the answer.

The answer is, God has already done the equivalent of what the question is asking of Him, so yes, He could, and this in no way leads to a contradiction. After God sent a flood to destroy the world in Noah's day, God told Noah, "Neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; [nor] shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth." Genesis 9:11. God does have the power to send a flood on the earth today; He already sent a global flood in Noah's day, so it would not be difficult for Him to do so again today. As the Bible says, nothing is too hard for Him. Yet, at the same time, God cannot send a global flood on the earth today, because He promised He would never again send another global flood, and if He were to break His promise, He would be a liar, and since God cannot sin, God would cease to be God if He were to break this promise. Even though it is within God's power to send a global flood on the earth today, He has in a sense limited His omnipotent power by promising that He would never again destroy the world with a global flood. We do not think of God as weaker because of this limit; we get a small glimpse at the infinite extent of His power, and marvel that He is willing to not exercise certain powers on us today, such as, for example, sending another global flood. The point is, the fact that God refuses to exercise certain powers on us does not make Him weaker.

Again, God has given us free will (Adam and Eve exercised theirs, for good and bad purposes). He could take away our free will right this moment, and make us slaves to Him; it is within His power to do so. And yet, God could never do this, because God does not want His servants to be slaves to Him; He wants us to have free will, and respects our free will; He will not violate the law of being able to decide that He has instituted. As said before, we d not think of God as less than omnipotent because He refuses to take away our free will.

I hope this post is clear to you all and blesses everyone Smile. If it was in any way unclear, please let me know.

"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:10.

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