Can God Do Everything?

God Moving A Rock

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Within the Christian faith we affirm that God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. I believe it’s safe to say that if God was not all of these qualities, then he just wouldn’t be the eternal God of the universe. We affirm that he is outside of time, space, matter, and energy. So with that, he’s not limited by any of these properties; he has no such constraints regarding this. I sometimes hear Christians say that God can do everything, and scripture seems to confirm this. In Luke 1:37 it says: For with God nothing shall be impossible. In Revelation 19:6 it affirms that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. There’s that word “omnipotent” again.

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So with such scriptures that speak of God’s omnipotence, is it right to say that God can do everything? In a word, no. We must look at context and category. Before I explain, I would like us to examine a “defeater question” that I have heard skeptics use, concerning God being all powerful; omnipotent. The question that many of us have heard is “Can God create a rock so heavy that he can’t lift it?” The simple answer is no he can’t. The reality is that God cannot contradict himself, or lie, [1] therefore cannot make a rock–or create a scenario–that would be used to override his omnipotence. We must keep this in mind, that the things which God cannot do, are things that would contradict his very nature. This is the context, to suggest otherwise would fall under the category fallacy. So, in light of this, here is a short list of other things that God cannot do:

  • Steal
  • Cheat
  • Covet
  • Learn
  • Grow Tired
  • Murder
  • Bear False Witness
  • Grow Old
  • Change (in sense of nature/essence)
  • Get Lonely

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Endnotes

1. (King James Version) Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us

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About Razor Swift

Rich Christian who is the founder of Razor Swift, seeks to open hearts and minds through the platform of apologetics. It's his desire to approach Biblical, faith, and other issues from a different perspective rather than just preaching to the choir in the Christianese dialect. He maintains that faith and reason mustn’t necessarily be at odds with each other, but can be complementary. May no stone lay unturned.
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3 Responses to Can God Do Everything?

  1. Anonymous says:

    To add to the list:

    God cannot be tempted
    God cannot die

  2. “God cannot die”

    Then God cannot sacrifice himself by dying, which seems to negate the New Testament.

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