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'Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."'

There are many quotes of this kind in the Bible- but how do we know the above (and others like it) aren't just hyperbole and descriptive? He might mean a 'great many' things. How do these quotes justify a belief that god truly can do anything He wishes? Or does a belief in this version of God arise from elsewhere?

Answers will of necessity be in regard to the Translation quoted.

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I've got a fairly solid back record on this site for down votes...so I nervously await your feedback! –  Sehnsucht Jul 5 at 13:31
I am not going to downvote. However, just a reminder, the Christianity.SE does not allow "truth questions". Your question would be considered a "truth question", because you are asking for a "biblical basis", which may vary from denomination to denomination. You may want to narrow your scope to a specific point-of-view. It's best to ask a question with some knowledge that something exists than to ask a question about something that may not exist. –  Anonymous Jul 5 at 13:46
I'm not going to down-vote either, but I would like to remind you that, based on how loosely you're willing to interpret passages and extrapolate meaning, you can find a Biblical basis for almost anything, AND if you go the other way, you can justify, rationalize, and explain away anything. An example of that is how many different takes there are on Man's origin and the origin of the universe within Christianity. Some take Genesis 1 completely literally, some think it's allegory, and some come up with day-age theory, gap theory, etc. So "Biblical Basis" is shaky ground. –  David Stratton Jul 5 at 15:21
As long as you don't insist on being personally convinced that the basis is valid, and it doesn't turn into a "yeah, but" comment-fest, you can sometimes get away with them, but this type of question tends to be problematic. –  David Stratton Jul 5 at 15:24
Do you mean to ask "Is omnipotence so absolute that God can create a boulder even he can't lift? versus omnipotence being relative to all created things, i.e. God is so way more powerful than everything created that he might as well be said to be all-powerful even if he really isn't in the absolute sense?" –  david brainerd Jul 5 at 23:53

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From the King James translation; There are several Scriptures which tell us that God is Omnipotent, Not the least of which is creation itself.

Then the first time God brought rain upon the Earth He caused a flood which Killed all life except Those animals he saved and those eight people aboard the Ark.

Beyond that we see God parting the red sea, for Israel, and drowning Pharaoh's Army in it.

God stopped the Rain for three years, at the behest of Elijah.

He also caused wood soaked with massive amounts of water to burn when he sent fire from Heaven.

He took Elijah to Heaven in a whirlwind as Elisha watched.

He caused Elisha's mule to talk.

He caused the sun to retreat 10 hours.

And that is a few of the passages covered in only in the Old Testament.

So let's look at Jesus in the New Testament.

Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Jesus not only claimed to have the power of God but he also demonstrated it, in that passage.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

In the above passage Jesus is telling us His power is given to him by the Father.

Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Here Jesus is telling us that one day we will see him sitting next to the Father who is Power.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Here we find the Angel Gabriel telling Mary that It is God's power that will cause her to become pregnant yet remain a virgin.

I could go on citing Scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments attesting to God's omnipotence, but either you believe that the Bible is true or you do not, but in answer as to whether there is Biblical backup for God's omnipotence the answer is a resounding yes!

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@Sehnsucht- Bye is right. I'm deleting the comments on this because you're debating the validity of Truth here. Please see the second comment I put on this original answer. It's not valid to expect Bye, or anyone else to convince you of Truth. we're not here to convince you. –  David Stratton Jul 5 at 16:36
@vWil the real question here is not whether or not He can, but does he have reason for not improvising. The Supreme God of all has devised his plan to accomplish his goal, and we have no right to question him. –  Bye Jul 5 at 16:39

God revealed Himself as the Almighty God (Genesis 17:1, Exodus 6:3).

God Himself says that He can do anything He wishes (e.g. Isaiah 46:10). Also consider, e.g. Job 42:2, Psalm 135:6, Jeremiah 32:17, Daniel 4:35, Mark 14:36, Ephesus 1:11.

It is true that the Bible uses figures of speech, including hyperbole, but I believe there is no need to try to understand a passage in a figurative way, unless the passage does not make any sense literally.

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