We believe in them, but do we contemplate them? That’s not an accusation as much as an observation.
It’s ironic, but miracles in the Bible seem like common occurrences. They are often mentioned in passing, but it’s good to consider that we serve a God who can do the impossible.
I want to qualify God’s ability to do the impossible, but I can’t do it well. I want to suggest that (in theory) there are limits to what an all-powerful God can do. I want to remind you that God cannot make a 90-year-old teenager, or a car that is larger on the inside than the outside. Those things are not subject to power; therefore, it is illogical to think that God could do those things.
I WANT to qualify the idea that God can do anything, because it helps me to answer the critics of the Bible who make the claim that God cannot create a rock so large that He cannot pick it up.
I WANT to qualify the idea that God can do anything, but I have no idea how to do that in a practical way. Sure, it seems logical to say that God cannot create a 90-year-old teenager, but if I were asked to bet my life on whether or not God could accomplish it, I’m not going anywhere near that bet even if I were a betting man.
I realize the Bible says that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). I wouldn’t dream of challenging God to see if He could accomplish that. Can you imagine if GOD fell into sin? I cannot. The very mention of it sends shivers up my spine. I trust the Bible’s words and know that there are SOME limitations to what even our all-powerful God can accomplish. I gather that the logical arguments stating that God cannot create that 90-year-old teenager are true. That’s not something subject to power. Infinite power could not do it. I’m content with those explanations. But still….
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- It’s “impossible” for God to create the Universe without any building materials. But He did it.
- It’s “impossible” for the infinite to become finite. But He did it.
- It’s “impossible” for God to become His own creation. But He did it.
- It’s “impossible” for an eternal God to die. But He did it.
Perhaps the greatest arguments in the arsenal of atheists is the claim that if God exists then He would destroy evil completely. Evil exists, therefore, God does not. (That’s their “greatest argument” because it is the most effective, not because it has validity or soundness.) But what if this grand experience we call “life” were actually a process that was meant to accomplish the very thing atheists accuse God of being incapable of doing? That question does not come from a vacuum. Atheists and believers alike claim that it is impossible for even an all-powerful Being to create an environment where humans have the ability to choose between good and evil and still prevent them from sinning. The believer states that as evidence explaining the corruption and evil in the world and the atheist explains it as evidence that God does not exist at all or things would be “different” (even though they have no real idea HOW it would be different).
I don’t know what God is capable of doing, but I have no doubt in the idea that He knows what He is doing and that He has an eternal purpose. I know this because the Bible states that God has an eternal purpose, and that we are a part of it. His purpose is to do something “impossible”. Think about all those “impossible” things He has done already.
God’s Finest Achievement
We can see God’s plan to do the “impossible” in what God has accomplished through Jesus. He took sinners who were spiritually dead and made them alive again. That’s what Ephesians 2:1-7 teaches us. Let that sink in relative to what’s already been discussed here.
Do you know of any spiritual beings revealed in the Bible that changed from evil to holy? How could that happen? I can possibly understand (at least in theory) how a good spiritual being could become corrupted (though I can’t fathom how it could have happened with the FIRST one). But what is the process for an evil spiritual being to become perfect? It can’t happen. How could it? The very definition of “perfect” requires no imperfections at all. So where can you fathom a process that would make something perfect that is by nature imperfect?
It’s impossible to make the unholy to be holy. It’s not subject to power. No matter how much power you can imagine being applied to it, it can’t be done. It’s not possible….
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“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).
While thinking of the atheist’s argument, they suggest that God cannot exist because a God of infinite power would destroy evil completely. Maybe the destruction of evil is the very thing God is DOING. Maybe THIS is how a good, omnipotent God eliminates and destroys evil. Maybe instead of answering their “problem of evil” with a logical argument about freewill and the impossibility of God creating free agents who never choose to sin, we ought to say, “God IS destroying evil completely.” How else could evil be destroyed than to take evil people and transform them into righteous beings? You can kill evil people, but that doesn’t destroy “evil”.
It certainly has worked to transform us from dead to alive and from sinners to saints.
I don’t know what God can accomplish. There’s a large list of things that are impossible for even an all-powerful God to do, but He figured out a way to do them. I’ll not be the one to suggest anything He cannot do.
I’ll just sit in amazement at what He’s already done.