The Big Rock problem is an old one. I think even Aquinas talks about it.
It falls under the concept of "self-referential paradoxes," and you get a lot about those once you've invented an "omni." something deity. They are contradictions that have the logical effect of proving the premise false.
In this case the premise is the existence of an omnipotent deity. Such a god can build a rock so big he can't move it. So if he can't move it, he is not omnipotent; if he can't build the rock, he is not omnipotent.
One common response is that he chooses to not build the rock, which obviously doesn't work because the question remains whether he can or cannot.
The more standard question is to redefine omnipotence (known as moving the goal post) to say that omnipotence does not include anything illogical. The more standard formulation is that God can do anything except that which is against his nature, and building such rocks are against his nature.
What that resolves down to is that God can do anything except that which he cannot do. Think about it for a moment -- that means we are all gods since we all meet that definition.
Hello Reality and all that is True
When Oxymoron was defined it was just for you
Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:12 AM
Then it follows he can't make a human too lost to be saved - think about it.
"I warn you, whoever you are, oh you who wish to probe the arcanes of nature, if you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither shall you find it outside.
If you ignore the excellencies of your own house, how do you intend to find other excellencies?
In you is hidden the treasure of treasures, Oh man, know thyself and you shall know the Universe and the Gods."
Location:I would like to be in Paris by night under the tower.
In a dream when you meet someone and you just know they are not part of the normal dreamscape of your mind but an actual visitor from outside.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:58 PM
Some rocks are too heavy to be lifted so God put them in orbit instead, some hearts are too heavy to be lifted so God gave us forgiveness, some burderns are too heavy to be carried so God put his Son on a Cross.