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Because some things cannot be accomplished by the application of power. Suppose I asked you to draw a 4-sided triangle. You would presumably reply that this is impossible, because a triangle by definition has only 3 sides. Suppose I then say, Well, what if you had 10 really strong men to help? Then could you do it? Of course the logical reply is that it ...


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The question is based on a false premise, that omnipotence means the ability to do anything. Rather omnipotence means posessing infinite power: almighty or infinite in power, as God. having very great or unlimited authority or power. source Having infinite power does not give one the ability to do anything. It only gives them the ability to do ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas holds that God can do anything except whatever implies a contradiction. Treating "Whether God is omnipotent?," he writes: [T]his phrase, "God can do all things," is rightly understood to mean that God can do all things that are possible; and for this reason He is said to be omnipotent. and [N]othing is opposed to the idea of being ...


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Omnipotence means that God can do anything. But "anything" does not include nonsensical strings of words, like "kill God" or "round square" or "a rock so heavy that God can't lift it". C.S. Lewis once explained this point by saying that nonsense does not make sense just because we say "God can" in front of it. After this accelerated tour from atheism to ...


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Looking at the context, one can see that the weakness and foolishness are seemingly so from a perspective of Jews (for whom the weakness of the cross is a stumbling block--this seems to be implied in the mocking presented by the chief priests, elders, and teachers of the law in Matthew 27:41-43, that God would express his power by physically saving his ...


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The Catechism contains a definitive statement on this. Nothing is impossible with God, who disposes his works according to his will. [CCC 269] It references a number of biblical texts to support that statement: It was I who made the earth, and man and beast on the face of the earth, by my great power, with my outstretched arm; and I can give them to ...


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Your main dilemma here is on the authenticity of the Bible. On the authenticity of the Bible: It is indeed a complicated topic to discuss about the authenticity of the Bible. However, there are enough manuscripts available to produce the original text of the Bible. This question "How authentic is Codex Sinaiticus?" may help you get a better idea on original ...


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What you are asking about is the rationale behind a doctrine called 'the preservation of Scripture'. The doctrine basically seeks to answer whether or not God will preserve his infalliable message, even though it is transmitted by fallable men. How are the Scriptures Transmitted? (A Primer on Preservation) A straw man would pit Jesus saying, "Surely I ...


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The Concise Oxford English Dictionary (11th ed.) defines "nature" as "the basic or inherent features, qualities, or character of a person or thing." For God to act against His nature would mean, employing the COED definition of "nature", that He would be exhibiting features, quality, or character that were not basic or inherent to Him. In essence, He would ...


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The omnipotence of God is affirmed in the Creed set forth at the first Ecumenical Council in Nicea in 325: "We believe in one God, the Father Almighty [παντοκράτορ - pantokrator] ..." As the Creed further affirmed that the Son and the Holy Spirit were of the same substance (ὁμοούσιον) as the Father, the Creed affirmed that all three persons of the share in ...


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Arminians and other varieties of non-Calvinists reconcile the all-powerful nature of God with His allowance of free will to men, within the limits of physics he has given them, as God constrains Himself to His own purpose and character. In so keeping, it is God's character and not His power that is the 'limiting factor' in why, though it is His desire that ...


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Two possible explanations. 1. God appears foolish to men: 1 Corinthians 1:25 (New Life Version ) God’s plan looked foolish to men, but it is wiser than the best plans of men. God’s plan which may look weak is stronger than the strongest plans of men. The very idea that we are all sinners and God Himself had to come down to earth in human form ...


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Any answer to this question will be pure speculation - the Bible doesn't say why there are these two "classes" (the question of the existence of said classes I'll leave alone for now), so we don't know. With that said, here are two potential reasons that are Scripturally based: God is sovereign over everything, and is pleased to work out his will through ...


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Thomas Aquinas states: All confess that God is omnipotent; but it seems difficult to explain in what His omnipotence precisely consists: for there may be doubt as to the precise meaning of the word 'all' when we say that God can do all things. If, however, we consider the matter aright, since power is said in reference to possible things, this phrase, "...


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It depends upon your definition of 'intrinsically impossible.' There are two standard ways to answer the question. The first relates to logical contradictions. God cannot make a round square not because he is incapable but because it is an inherent contradiction - the proposition makes no sense. The same is true for making a rabbit a giraffe or any other ...


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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,...


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God cannot do everything. The Bible says God cannot lie. Numbers 23:19 King James Version (KJV) 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Titus 1:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot ...


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Not in the slightest. The Incarnation does not involve the assumption of contingency. The Incarnation adds nothing to the person of God the Son, only to creation (inasmuch as the human nature of Jesus is a creature). That is, the soul created for Jesus, is Jesus' soul, but in not too dissimilar a way to how creation is God's own also, created for Him. When ...


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I believe that your question, although well intentioned, is irrelevant and unanswerable. II Peter 3:8 eludes to the truth of the matter: But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. God is outside of time. From our perspective he was, is, and will be, all at the same time, ...


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I will return later to flesh this out and look forward to your requests for clarification We don’t teach that Jehovah is omnipresent. https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102005167 https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102011131 We do teach that Jehovah is omniscient. However when it comes to foreknowledge he does not choose to exercise it in all circumstances. ...


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From a Calvinist point of view there are two wills of God, his Secret Will and his Revealed Will. As it says in Deuteronomy 29:29: The secret things belong to the LORD our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may perform all the words of this law. His Revealed Will is all the commandments of God, how ...


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"Do we have to accept that God - in his omnipotence, must be able to create the logically impossible, in order to believe in something like the trinity?" In a word, no. In the person of our Lord Jesus, God did not become man in the sense of ceasing to be God. Jesus was fully God and fully man - two natures in one person, the two natures entirely distinct. ...


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You haven't specified any particular denomination, so I'll stick with a view that is Biblical without any later doctrinal additions. That there is "no need for the idea of the trinity", is fine. Certainly the original Apostles had no such concept. It is sufficient for Christianity that the Son and the Father exist. What the being we know as the Son did, ...


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1 day is a thousand days in his sight and a thousand days = 1 day, this means time is irrelevant for God. God knows the future from the past and vice versa. The question you have is does Gods foreknowledge interfere with my free will and the answer is no and yes because think of it like a movie where you can fast forward or rewind anytime you like or better ...


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Eastern Orthodox doctrine holds that "the knowledge of God is vision and immediate understanding of everything, both that which exists and that which is possible, the present, the past, and the future."1 This is consistent with Scripture: Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and ...


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God can do whatever he wills or wants to do . Anything and everything one could think of ! However, because everything possible is not included in his nature ( God telling a lie, to not be all loving , or limit himself to what he can see or do ...etc) , which means he would change in nature and subsequently we would change as well. Everything on earth and ...


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Consider the six days of creation, which in itself is a miracle. God spoke things into existence that did not exist before. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrew 11:3) So to your question, yes, God has the ability to control elements (...


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Not all miracles can be explained by natural causes. A magician can bring a rabbit out of a hat as long as he has three things: some jiggery pokery, a hat, and a rabbit; but only God can bring an entire universe out of literally nothing. In the two miracles you especially mention, there are spiritual lessons to be learned which surely are more important to ...


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These sorts of questions are always difficult to answer as they often require an understanding of God's sovereignty which in many ways is incomprehensible. What a wise being with infinite wisdom, knowledge of all and unlimited power can orchestrate, manipulate, foresee and advert etc. is impossible for us to ponder. In this sense virtually any external event ...


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