Can God Make a Rock so Large that He Can’t Lift It?

Barbieri, Giovanni Francesco. Atlas holding up the Celestial Globe. 1646.                                                                                                                  

If God is Almighty, can God Make a Rock so Large that He Can’t Lift It? Does Almighty Mean Infinitely Powerful?

This is a powerful argument that broke through academic circles and spread throughout popular culture.  We’ve all been asked, “Do you believe in God?”

Many of us would then say, “Yes.”

One might then ask, “Do you believe that God is infinitely powerful?”

Most people would again respond, “Yes.”

“Then can God make a rock so big that he can’t lift it?”

“Sure God can make a rock so big that even he wouldn’t be able to lift it.”

“Wait, if God is infinitely powerful, couldn’t he still lift the rock?”

“Oh wait!  “Yeah, he can lift the rock.”

“But then he can’t make a rock so big he can’t lift it.”

If God is Almighty, can God Make a Rock so Large that He Can’t Lift It? Is God Infinitely Powerful?

This argument illustrates the impossibility of possessing infinite power.   Because of the immense magnitude of God’s power, many Christians incorrectly assume that God’s power is infinitely great.  However, the Bible does not say that God is infinitely powerful.  Instead, the Bible suggests that God possesses all power.  In other words, God has all the power that exists.  By suggesting that God is infinitely powerful suggests that God has more power than actually exists.  As king of heaven and earth all creation is subject to God’s will.  In this way, God has all power and nothing happens apart from his will.

 

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If God is Almighty, can God Make a Rock so Large that He Can’t Lift It? Summary and Highlights

            This argument illustrates the fact that God cannot be infinitely powerful.  This argument does not contradict the Bible; the Bible says that God is almighty, not infinitively powerful.                                                                                                                          

If God is Almighty, can God Make a Rock so Large that He Can’t Lift It?

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