How would you answer
the following question?
CAN GOD MAKE A ROCK SO BIG THAT HE CANNOT LIFT IT?
The answer that is expected is either a Yes or No. Either answer leaves one in an apparent dilemma, and there seems to be no way out.
If he answers “Yes, God is able to make a giant rock which He will not be able to lift” then God seems to have one kind of Omni-attribute: Creative, but not another: Power to Lift. If he answers “No, God is not able to make a huge rock which He cannot lift” then again God is not omnipotent because He lacks the necessary creative powers to create large rocks. In either case, God is not omnipotent, therefore he is not a real God. Or, if He exists, he is lacking certain powers of omnipotence which we always assumed He possessed. Should we not then question His other assumed attributes or even His existence??
The problem with the question is that it contains a fallacy within itself that is not evident at first sight.
Can God, who is infinitely powerful, create another infinitely heavy object, which presumably He would not be able to lift?
The first part of the question assumes that there exists one omnipotent being, because when we say God, we mean a single, unique being with Omni attributes. But then the second part of the question assumes that there are at least two of these omnipotent beings. That is, The questioner is really asking, Can God create another God?
In expanded form, the question becomes:
Can God, of whom we accept to be only ONE of in existence, (of course this part is not verbalized!) -- the only one who is Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, etc., the only being who is, by definition, Eternal and UNCREATED, CREATE another God, a second God, who is also Omnipotent, Omniscient etc?
>> This is a fallacious question because the definition of the word “God” has changed in mid-sentence.
The response should be another question:
What is your definition of God, an UNCREATED or CREATED being?
If this god is a Created being, then that is not the real God, because its Creator is the one we want to talk about. A created being implies a Creator, who is always greater than the created. Thus a created god is Not God.
If God is Uncreated, then the fallacy of the question becomes obvious, because the question in its simplest form is:
“Can an Uncreatable being be Created?”
Our terms must always be clearly defined to avoid such errors.
A question that has been used to try and discredit Theism is found to be
a Fatally Flawed challenge.
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