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A word that means "all-powerful," this is usually applied to God.  
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'''Omnipotence''' is the state of being "all-powerful," a term that is usually applied to [[God]].  
  
There is some dispute about what "all" means.  There is the old conundrum, "[[Can God make a rock so heavy He can't lift it]]?"  If He can do everything, then He should be able to create such a rock.  But He should also be able to lift it, which is a contradiction in terms.
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==Problems with omnipotence==
  
This highlights the fact that the very concept of being '''all'''-powerful is contradictory.  Often theists try to get around this by stating that God can only do what is logically possible.  However, there are other questions that do not deal with logic.  Can God act in a way that is [[evil]]?  By definition, God is supposed to be [[omnibenevolent]], so the answer is no.  Yet people can do many things that are evil, so clearly being evil is logically possible, but God cannot do it.
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The concept of omnipotence is philosophically troublesome and potentially self-contradictory.  These problems are explored in the [[omnipotence paradox]].
 
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Then we get to arguments about how being good is "God's nature," and He can only do things that aren't against His own nature.  At this point, the concept of omnipotence starts to get completely fuzzy.
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If God is not only omnipotent but also [[omniscient]] and [[omnibenevolent]], then this is the foundation for the [[problem of evil]].
 
If God is not only omnipotent but also [[omniscient]] and [[omnibenevolent]], then this is the foundation for the [[problem of evil]].
  
[[Category: Philosophical issues]]
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==Biblical contradictions==
[[Category: Religious mythology]]
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[[Fundamentalist]] [[Christian]]s believe in the infallibility of the [[Bible]], yet there are arguable contradictions to the issue of God's omnipotence.
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{{Bible|Mark 6:5}}:
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: And he could there do no mighty work.
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{{Bible|Hebrews 6:18}}:
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: It was impossible for God to lie.
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{{Bible|Judges 1:19}}:
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: And the Lord was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
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==External link==
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/contra/cando.html Can God do anything?] at the Skeptic's Annotated Bible
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[[Category:Philosophy]]
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[[Category:Religious mythology]]

Revision as of 13:29, 10 December 2008

Omnipotence is the state of being "all-powerful," a term that is usually applied to God.

Problems with omnipotence

The concept of omnipotence is philosophically troublesome and potentially self-contradictory. These problems are explored in the omnipotence paradox.

If God is not only omnipotent but also omniscient and omnibenevolent, then this is the foundation for the problem of evil.

Biblical contradictions

Fundamentalist Christians believe in the infallibility of the Bible, yet there are arguable contradictions to the issue of God's omnipotence.

Mark 6:5 Bible-icon.png:

And he could there do no mighty work.

Hebrews 6:18 Bible-icon.png:

It was impossible for God to lie.

Judges 1:19 Bible-icon.png:

And the Lord was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

External link

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