Two men in my local pub seemed to be arguing about something. As I approached, I realized that they were arguing about God. One man says that God is omnipotent and that He can do everything. Another man says that it is not possible at all, that there must be a limit to his power, and if it does not exist then why he is not removing all the bad people in the world. This is how their argument with logical irrationality was going on. As I stood there for a while listening to them, the question arose in my mind, if there really is such a thing as God, is that God omnipotent as claimed in the scriptures?
If you search the internet for a little bit about the “almighty paradox”, which I think will help us in this discussion. But before we begin, we must assume for the sake of writing that there really is something called God (for those who do not believe in God). But before you can understand the paradox, you need to know what a paradox really is.
Paradoxes are usually sentences or statements from which no conclusion can be drawn. Conflicting itself with its own statement, this is the paradox. Giving an example will make the matter a little easier to understand.
For Example, the following two sentences –
1. The bottom line is true.
2. The top line is false.
Which of the above lines is true? If the first sentence is true then the second sentence is false; Again if the second sentence is true then the first sentence is false. At first glance it may seem simple, but in reality it is like an endless cycle. If you think with a little emphasis on the head, you will see that the hair of the head will be torn. Many people compare the paradox to a puzzle but I don’t think it’s exactly a puzzle.
Hopefully, I’ve been able to explain what a paradox is, so let’s get back to the main paradox.
We are accustomed to hearing all the scriptures even in public that God is present and that He is omnipotent, He can do everything. Well if that is true can God create a heavy stone that He Himself is unable to lift? Think for yourself.
This is the God Paradox or the God Paradox or the Almighty Paradox. Imagine if God could create a heavy stone that He could not lift by Himself, then I found a job that God cannot do.
Again if he is unable to make such a stone then simply we find another work that God cannot do.
If the above statement is also true, then it can be said that God is not omnipotent.
To solve a complex problem in logic, it is divided into many small pieces, let’s try that too –
The basic question in the paradox of the Almighty is – if God is able to do everything, can He create a heavy stone that He Himself is unable to lift?
If we put the question into one sentence, it would be something like this – God can do everything, that is, He can create a heavy stone that He Himself is unable to lift.
If we break the sentence into a few sentences –
1. God can do everything.
2. God can lift everything. (Because 1st sentence)
3. God can create a heavy stone that he is unable to lift. (Because 1st sentence)
4. God cannot lift the stone he has made. (Because he made a heavy stone that he was unable to lift)
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd sentences must always be true. Now we have to see if the 4th sentence is true?
If the 4th sentence is true then the 2nd sentence will be proved false i.e. the 1st sentence will also be proved false.
If the 4th sentence is true (which must be true if the 3rd sentence is true) then the basic argument “God can do everything” on the way to God’s omnipotence will be false Now it is naturally clear that God can never do two contradictory things, 2nd and 4th respectively. That is, God cannot do everything, so God is not omnipotent.
Again the believers will say that all these discussions are attacked by Straman fallacy, so we should also listen to the arguments of the believers before coming to any conclusion.
The first thing that atheists will say is that the almighty paradox is an argument of atheists and the question of its main statement is the wrong question. For example, they would say that if a person accused of a theft is asked, “Why did you steal?” No matter what the person says in answer to this question, he will be convicted of theft. If the person is not guilty, the only reasonable answer may be to hand over the question to the questioner.
Believers will also say that when they say that God is omnipotent, they do not mean it literally, but that God is considered to be the source of the infinite power that is needed to create and manage the universe.
They say that both God and power are infinite. He cannot be thrown into any fixed boundaries. If he wishes to make such a heavy stone, he will be able to lift both the strong and the weak at the same time. Believers say that God and the power of God are beyond the comprehension of ordinary people like us, because the process of reasoning by ordinary people is the creation of God Himself.
From the above discussion we understand that the almighty paradox is not entirely flawless. Again, the irrational arguments of the believers cannot be accepted. To refute the believers’ argument, we must first decide whether or not there is a God, but I do not want to bother my readers by increasing the size of my discussion by adding that subject. Moreover, there are many articles, essays and books already available on the internet, including Prabir Ghosh’s book ‘Why Don’t I Believe in God?’ In this book the author has logically refuted the various doctrines of the believers.
Again, if we come to the conclusion of our main discussion, I have to say that the final decision depends entirely on your personal beliefs and doctrines, because the doctrines and beliefs of believers and the omnipotent paradox of atheists are not one hundred percent flawless. If you believe in God then God is present to you and He is omnipotent and if you do not believe in God then you have no such thing as God so there is no question of being omnipotent.
But my personal opinion should not be radical in favor of any belief or doctrine. We should be as flexible as science. For example, until a few years ago, science used to say that the nucleus is the smallest part of matter, but if it is later proved wrong, science has never hesitated to correct it. We should be like that. If one’s own doctrine or belief is proved wrong, one should not hesitate to correct it, otherwise a beautiful healthy world will not be built.