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.
It is also difficult for apologists to demonstrate an infinite God from finite phenomena.
Mark 6:5 :
- And he could there do no mighty work.
- It was impossible for God to lie.
- 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.
God intends evil to happen because the ends supposedly justify the means. However, this should not be necessary for on omnipotent God who presumably had better methods at his disposal.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
Explanations as predictive systems
Karl Popper argued that explanations should be predictive to be considered as scientific. Since God can allegedly do anything, he is a poor explanation for anything since it does not rule out any possibilities and provides no verifiable predictions that can be practically verified.