July 25, 2012 Creation vs Weightlifting - the omnipotence paradoxhttp://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/creation_vs_weightlifting_-_the_omnipotence_paradox/ |
Can God create a stone too heavy for him to lift up? This is the famous “omnipotence paradox”. If the answer is yes, He can, then His weightlifting-power is limited, if the answer is no, He can’t, than His creating-power is limited. Either way, God is not omnipotent. I would like to suggest the following answer: The answer for this question is not yes or no. The answer is: it is a wrong question. Why? Let’s see first, how infinite works in mathematics (don’t worry, it is not difficult maths, just a little logic). Infinite is not an exact number. If you add one to infinite, what is the result? Infinite. So, the second infinite is bigger than the first one, since we added one to it. The same way, if we subtract one from infinite, we get infinite. In this case the second infinite is smaller than the first one. < ∞ ∞ < L now the answer is: He can't, so He is not omnipotent, because His creation-power is limited. L now the answer is: He can, so He is not omnipotent, because His lifting-power is limited. L, neither C = L, because both C and L are infinite, and relation marks don’t work in the World of infinite. Therefore the answer for the original question is: |
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