Can God Make a Rock So Big
He Cannot Lift It?
For the rock to have measurable weight, it would have to be inside the
gravitational field of an other mass or planet such as earth. Then the
weight would be relative to the mass of the planet. The rock would have
to be smaller than the planet. If it were larger than the planet it would
be the planet and the planet would become the rock. But God made the planets!
So the question really is "Can God make a planet so big that a rock could
exist on it that He could not lift?" But since He made the planet, which
is bigger than the rock, He can obviously lift the rock, since the weight
of the rock will always be relative to and smaller than the planet. Therefore
He must make a bigger planet, and a bigger rock, etc. This could go on
and on. Therefore, to answer the question, one must be able to measure
infinity and infinity, by its very nature, cannot be measured.
Actually, this answer is ludicrous but no less so than the question. God
can create physical things in infinite proportions but He exists outside
the confines of finite measurements and physical objects. He is a Spirit
and the spiritual realm is a higher realm than the physical. Therefore,
He can create a rock of any size and no matter how big it is, He can lift
it. To Him it has no weight, no matter how big it is!
The design of the question is to avoid admitting that God is God. If
God cannot create a rock that big, then He is limited and must not be God.
But if He can create a rock so big He cannot lift it, then He is weak and
cannot be God. It is just one more feeble attempt of a man trying to
outsmart God and put Him in a corner. Sorry. Whoever came up with this
question was probably just caught up in the idolatry of his own reasoning
God is much more powerful than the mind that comes up with such a question
and that alone should be enough to cause us to fall down and worship Him.
Imagine a person refusing to serve God because of not getting a satisfactory
answer to such a question! Imagine some one saying, "Yes, God made the
world I see and the earth and the mountains (pretty big rocks) simply
by speaking them into existence (pretty strong), but I won't worship
Him because I need to know if He can make a rock so big He can't lift it."
It amounts to saying, "I won't serve God unless I can fully understand
Him first." And that amounts to saying,. "I won't serve God unless
I can be equal with Him." And there we have the root of all sin - rebellion
of the created desiring to usurp the Creator.
Worship God and believe in the things that are already evident. Obey Him
according to the eternal laws that He has already given us in His Holy
Bible. Your understanding will grow. Then one day, when you stand before
Him face to face, you can ask Him about the big rock. However, I don't
think you will want to then.
© copyright 1999