Today, after a long time I went back to the Christain group I was baptized in Shanghai ( I missed many of them ).
In a sharing by a brother mentioned an example of “God and the big rock ” challenge—-basically it is an attempt to challenge our conviction of “God is all powerful and unlimited ability ” (1). The sad thing is that, the brother gave the response, finally ( maybe, because an imperfection if our language) sort of gave in : Yes,our God is not unlimited and all powerful, in the meaning that Him will always choose that things should do and not those things should not do.
Actually, that’s one of the reasons I don’t want to do sharing because it very easily say something I myself regret later or I myself think stupid.
I want to give a better way to this kind of set up: if God can not build a rock then he is not powerful enough, if God can build a big rock that himself can lift up, then he is again not powerful enough / limited .
Let’s consider an other case, think about the question: who do you think that can build a rock that him or herself can not lift up? Humans! It is true in a literal sense also true in an anogorical senses–think nuclear weapons. We built it, thanks to the energy and power hidden external to our biological body and we use our gifted talent to unlock them . What I want to emphasize is that , we may well “built” the “rock”, but the “bigness ” –the thing make it possible to be “bigger ” than ourselves, is not what we produced or created. They come from external sources.
So, back to the original setup, it kind easier to see now the logic flaw about the question, because the asker(s) don’t understand the concept of God; because God is by definition all powerful and unlimited ( I doesn’t mean he do not also do kind and morally things ) , you can not ask Him to build a big rock that bigger then Himself, because all things come from him, including all the particles, nuclear mechanism and energy.
To ask this kind question to a human, it might well be an exercise to our mental and logic reasoning; to ask this directly to the lord, you “put a test to the Lord ” maybe without knowingly doing so.
Though, I don’t exclude there is other kind useful paradox, that can help us to see and correct things and even increasing understanding.