Is omnipotence a logical impossibility?

First we have to define terms. What, after all, IS ‘omnipotence?’ Divide-by-zero is a technique allowing mathematicians to “prove” that 1 = 0, etc. So it is trivial to draw a paradox around a trivial idea of omnipotence, e.g. “Make a stone too big to roll – and then roll that stone.”

The logical impossibility above relies on a divide-by-zero level definition of omnipotence, i.e. it trivializes it, by posing a definition that is instantly susceptible to falsification.

Science thrives because any theory that can be ‘falsified’ i.e. demonstrated to be incorrect, IS incorrect. In that sense, omnipotence is self-falsifying when one uses the simple definition. So the question becomes non-trivial once a good working definition appears.

For instance: Genesis 1 looks like a liturgy using highly repetitive language to establish God Almighty’s Deed of Title to the universe. Buried in chapter 2 is an alternate reading with fewer days and a different order of events. Hence, Genesis is neither science nor history. It’s worship that does a good job of claiming that God is In Charge.

Genesis 1:3 – God said, “Let there be light,” – is a good match for the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. Might that be a working example of omnipotent?

John 1:1–2 describes the Word as being God, and with God, and the maker of all things that were made. Hence, Genesis 1:3 melds with John 1:1–2 in claiming that God the Father Spoke the Word, God the Son into being, and 13.8 billion years later the Son humbled himself to become “Son of Man, i.e. experience the pains and limits of a human existence. The Spirit, the breath part of the trinity, coexisted with the Word, if you accept a human analogy for Creations, even though it’s utterly beyond the Creature’s comprehension.

In the human form called Jesus, He willingly suffered utter isolation, a natural result of sin w/r/t Holy God: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Those opening words of Psalm 22 show that the Crucifixion was spoken about centuries before it happened. And then he (small ‘h’ ?) died and He experienced both human death and utter isolation from the Holy, “My God my God why have you forsaken me?” as sin’s wages demand of all humans. But in this one case, of Jesus’ human body, it wasn’t Jesus or Paul (or others of the Disciples) who restored life to that corpse. God the Son restored Jesus’ body to life on what we now call Easter Sunday.

SO: the Word did the work, with the first person of the trinity supplying what was needed. 13.8 billion years on, and 2E23 (two hundred sextillion) suns later, this particular sun has this particular planet orbiting around it.

And “in the fulness of time” meant that Jesus’ birth was told to Mary on a date which hindsight and a good astronomy program places at the Jewish New Year of 3 BCE, with His birth occurring forty weeks later at another astronomic exclamation point.

This, it seems likely, is what set the Magi on their journey to Jerusalem; they found Bethlehem on 25 December of 2 BCE. These remarkable inferences are well supported by a DVD you can get on the web, “Star of Bethlehem.”

What does all of this have to do with omnipotence? Just this: “Omnipotence is the ability to do things that are utterly impossible if attempted by an ordinary human.” Omnipotence, as a term, relates to unlimited potential as seen from a human speaker’s viewpoint.

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