Can God Create A Rock He Cannot Lift?

Asking if God can create a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it is a direct challenge to His omnipotence. The argument seems to present that either way the believer answers, they must acknowledge God is neither omnipotent nor all powerful. The “challenge” is an old one that seems to lack basic understanding and reasoning.

Consider that God is the Creator of man, nature, and instinct logic. He, too, is bound by the same logic we are. For example, an atheist might present a challenge stating God could not create a triangular circle. Such a challenge is absurd. We know circles to be round and lacking sides by the laws of nature instituted by God. Logically, such a challenge is impossible. Continue reading Can God Create A Rock He Cannot Lift?

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“Defining” God

The following is my post for a discussion in my Philosophy of Religion class. In particular, we are asked to define God. This was my response…

Defining God is quite possibly mankind’s greatest challenge. The idea that an essence of such magnitude is even able to be remotely fathomed by the mind of a human being is beyond absurd. The term God cannot refer to a person, a place, or a thing. There is no category in the society of mankind that could contain the vastness and uniqueness of a spiritual force that controls all things.

Referring to God by saying “my God” would be a fallacy in direct contradiction with my theistic beliefs. Consider that God, as presented in The Holy Bible is a God for all. A God who commands us to put no other thing before Him. A God who condemns false idols and false gods. The addition of “my” before the term God gives the vibe that there is more than one God. If everyone had a god to themselves, there would be nothing that makes God unique.

Theoretically, it is impossible for more than one God to exist. The vastness of God is too great to allow room for another spiritual force.

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Trials In Life

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James Chapter One is a great chapter about staying true to the faith, to the Word, and to ourselves as we work on growing our lives as Christians. When we look around in the world we often become distracted from our faith. We hear and see stories about wars, tornadoes, hurt, and depression worldwide. At home, many of us are still feeling the effects of a slumped economy, getting wrapped up in the Left vs. Right politics hoping that man is capable of producing a solution to problems they have created. We find ourselves looking to one another in these times of distress. We hang on every word of the pundit, every word of the politician, and every word of man. We often find that we are quicker to question God’s work in our lives than we are to just breathe and take the trials with His help.

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Bible Study Series On Miracles: Step Out Of The Boat!!!!!!!

Symbols in Miracles
How the Miracles Jesus performed relate to Christian Living
Week Three: “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
Step Out Of The Boat!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 10, 2011

Reference Verse: Matthew 14:22-33.

Summary: We all know the story. The Disciples go ahead of Jesus in a boat while Jesus ascends the mountain to be by himself for a period of time. Things get rough when the disciples encounter a rough storm and notice Jesus walking on the water towards them. They think He is a ghost, but He tells them that He is Jesus and Peter tells Him to command that Peter steps out and walks towards Him on the water. Well, Jesus does so Peter steps out. Things go smooth for a few seconds. Peter keeps his eyes focused on Jesus and walks on the water. Then Peter starts to notice the wind and the waves and starts to sink. Jesus says it is because Peter has little faith and He picks Peter up and they both get into the boat where the Disciples affirm Jesus is the Son Of God.

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Bible Study Series On Miracles: Feeding 5,000

Symbols in Miracles
How the Miracles Jesus performed relate to Christian Living
Week Two: “They were like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
Feeding 5,000
May 3, 2011

Reference Verse: John 6: 1-14.

Summary: Many people had heard that Jesus could perform miracles and had healed many of the sick. Jesus had gone with His disciples to a mountain off the shore of Sea of Tiberias to find solitude after learning that John the Baptist had been beheaded by Herod Antipas, who ruled Galilee and Perea. As He arrived, multitudes of people approached Him and the Disciples to see if what they had heard was true. A crowd of 5,000 had traveled a long way to see Jesus and His Disciples suggested to Him that He turn them away, but He insisted that they be fed. In John 6:9, Andrew (Simon Peter’s brother, says “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”. Jesus directs the people to sit and distributes the fish and the bread after He blesses it. Once everyone present has food, Jesus directs the Disciples to gather the left over and twelve baskets of food are accounted of as being left over.

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Colossians 1:16

Today on Twitter, John Piper tweeted the following: “The devil and every human dominion exist for the glory of Christ (Colossians 1:16). Look for it there. Pray for it there.”. It was a concept I had not considered before, but the more I thought about it, the more it makes sense.

First, look what Colossians 1:16 says “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.”

This is compatible with both the story of Creation and the story of Lucifer’s banishment from Heaven. Consider that God made all things according to His Glory and for His purpose. Yet, when Lucifer was cast down from Heaven, he became the very essence of evil.

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Bible Study Series On Miracles: Lazarus

The following is a Bible Study I wrote and will be sharing on April 26th. It is a first in a series I have made on Miracles. This week’s topic is Lazarus!

Symbols in Miracles
How the Miracles Jesus performed relate to Christian Living
Week One: “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Lazarus
April 26, 2011

Lazarus’s Resurrection: The story of Lazarus’s resurrection is found in John Chapter 11. It is revealed that Lazarus is the sister of the Mary who used perfume to cleanse Jesus’s feet. Jesus had a great love for Mary and Martha as well as Lazarus. (11:5).

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