Can God create a rock too heavy for Him to pick up?

My daughter is in jr. high and has a teacher who brings contradictions to class each day for the kids to discuss. One of the latest was “Can God create a rock too heavy for Him to pick up?”

This is a classic contradiction that has stumped jr. highers for many years.

My daughter asked me what I thought about it and here is the gist of what I said:

Well, first of all, the notion that God can do anything is not a biblical idea. Oh sure, Christians can sing happy songs about God doing anything, but the Bible never says God can do anything.

In fact, the Bible actually says there are several things God can’t do:

Titus 1:2–In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began
2 Timothy 2:13–he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
James 1:13–God cannot be tempted with evil
Romans 2:11–For there is no respect of persons with God
Matthew 6:15–if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses

The problem here is a misunderstanding of omnipotence–that God is all-powerful. Being all-powerful doesn’t mean God can do anything; it means anything God can do, He can do! There is a big difference.

Tomorrow we tackle the tough issue of whether God can create a four-sided triangle.

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2 thoughts on “Can God create a rock too heavy for Him to pick up?”

  1. I think there are many misconceptions about God’s omnipotence, His omniscience, and his omnipresence.
    When you think of the usual views regarding those characteristics, we almost make God a victim of His own nature, as if He has no choice over what He can do, what He can know or where He can be.
    I’d suggest that God is able to do whatever He wants to do, He knows whatever He wants to know, and is present wherever He wants to be.
    So when God chooses to remember sins no more (as He promised), He is able to forget them because that is what HE has chosen to do.

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