Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Can God Create Something Greater than Himself?

In the course of a week I come across many interesting ideas.  Although many people don't think there is a lot of value in social media sites like Twitter, I have found that by subscribing to people who inspire me and who make me think, often exposes me to ideas that challenge me and others that answer questions in ways that I either didn't know or that just do a good job of explaining things.

When we were growing up one of my brothers, probably Mark, used to ponder over whether God could create a rock so big he couldn't lift it.  This week, in my Twitter feed, I came across this short blog which ponders a very similar question, can God create a being more powerful than himself?  I haven't read anything my Matt Slick before but I found this both compelling and clear.  The language here might go over the head of a few people, but he does a decent job of keeping things simple and explaining difficult concepts.

Matt presents four reasons that God cannot do such a thing and why it makes sense for an all-powerful God to be unable to do certain things.  He says...

"No, God  cannot create a being more powerful than himself.  First of all, God cannot do all things. He cannot sin (Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18) or deny himself (2 Tim. 2:13). He cannot do the logically impossible such as make a round square. This does not violate God's omnipotence because his omnipotence is exercised in a manner consistent with his nature. Therefore, he cannot do that which is contradictory to his own nature which means he cannot do the logically impossible."

If you want to read the other three reasons and the rest of this Matt's Blog you can find it here:  Can God create a being more powerful than himself?


  1. I think the "rock so big" bit came from brother Dean, repeating part of a George Carlin routine.

  2. Could be. I just remember I heard it quite a few times. Since I spent more time with you, that was my first guess.