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His Divine Power...

Many a skeptic has brought up questions about the faith dealing with the question of God's omnipotence. It is thought that God's omnipotence brings forth all sorts of logical conundrums. For instance if God is a being of unlimited power - he can do absolutely anything. It will be surprising, even to some believers, that there are some things that God simply cannot do. Now before one thinks I've left the camp, think for a moment with me about some basic questions.
  1. First - Can God Lie? No, he cannot lie, not even by his omnipotence (Heb 6:18). If God is truth, then he cannot think of intentional falsification.
  2. Second - Can God Change? No, he cannot change (Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8), not even using his own great power. With a second thought, God is also perfect and therefore has no need to change for the better, and could not change for the worst. So the idea of God's omnipotence being used to cause change in himself proves absurd right out the gate when considering God's perfections.
So, God cannot intentionally falsify (lie) and he does not change. These attributes consistently define what we mean when we say God is omni-potent, that God can do all possible things consistent with his revealed attributes. Christians have held for centuries that this simply means God cannot perform contradictory things, things which are not logically possible (God certainly can do things that are humanly impossible - raise the dead, create worlds, speak to the wind and have it obey, etc.)...yet he cannot make square triangles, or make rocks so big he cannot move them. A logic professor I had once put it this way...God can do all things, except stupid things. This also has implication for human freedom, but that is another loooooong discussion. Thanking God for these truths...witnessed in a worship song of David... This God--his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. More of a Great Song - 2 Sam 22