Paradox of the Stone

Topics: God, Bible, Omnipotence Pages: 9 (3340 words) Published: April 29, 2013
Votes (42)
ConFull resolution: Because of the scenario introduced by the paradox of the stone, the God discussed in the Christian Bible (Yahweh) absolutely cannot exist in reality.

The paradox of the stone is outlined here:

My opponent will explain why this paradox disproves the existence of the Christian God. Naturally, PRO will have the burden of proof.

Good luck to my opponent. Report this ArgumentProThanks for posting such an interesting topic for an argument. I look forward to a good and enjoyable debate and wish all the luck to my opponent.

Now to start off I would like to give simple definitions for some of the terms in the Stone Paradox and Resolution: 1. Omnipotent-almighty or infinite in power. According to the Random House Dictionary on 2. The Christian God-The Christian God is defined as the creator of the universe (as mentioned in Genesis Chapters 1 & 2), who is pure and good (as in the books of Romans, Chapter 3 and Ephesians, Chapter 4) and who happens to also be all-powerful (as found in Matthew Chapter 19 and in the Book of Mark).

Now onto my argument, the Paradox of the Stone leads to one of two scenarios: 1. The first scenario is that God cannot create a stone which he cannot lift. This scenario informs us that God is restricted to what he can and cannot do by his own power. Since he cannot create a stone which he cannot lift. 2. The second scenario is that God can create a stone which he cannot lift. This scenario informs us that God can create anything, including items that have power or some attribute that exceeds his own. This would then disprove idea that God is all-powerful, since there is something that can exceed his powerful.

Being that the Christian God is defined as all-powerful and omnipotent, he should, in theory, be able to do anything. However, since the Christian God cannot create a stone which he cannot lift or he can create a stone which he cannot lift, it becomes apparent that the Christian God is not the all-powerful being that the Bible and Christian religion make him out to be. This means that either in either scenario there is something that God cannot do. Therefore, by simple reasoning and logic it becomes apparent that there is no way that there is no way for the God that is defined by the Christian Faith to exist. Report this Argument| | ConI would like to thank my opponent, KidateK, for accepting this debate.

Now, my opponent's argument is entirely valid, short of one flaw. The Christian God is declared omnipotent in the Bible, but one cannot assume that the definition of "omnipotent" in the Bible matches the definition of "omnipotent" required for the paradox of the stone to work. There are many different definitions of "omnipotent," and due to the fact that God is mentioned to be unable to lie ("In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began" —Titus 1:2) or be around sin ("Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong" - Habakkuk 1:13), the most obvious definition of "omnipotent" to describe the Christian God would be: "A deity is able to do anything that is in accord with its own nature (thus, for instance, if it is a logical consequence of a deity's nature that what it speaks is truth, then it is not able to lie)" [1]. also defines "omnipotent" to have either almighty or infinite power. Almighty power, however, only includes having more power than any other thing, not even matching our conception of "omnipotence" [2]. This is yet another explanation as to why the paradox of the stone is irrelevant.

Now, if we are assuming that anything that is logically impossible is absolutely impossible, then everybody's nature must be logical, and therefore, it is a logical consequence of God that he can only do what is logical. If we assume that things that are logically impossible might be possible, then God is not disproved....
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