The Rock – But Can He Lift It?

Hello, beloved brethren, I hope this post has found you all doing well! It’s Friday, usually I only post on Fridays if there’s something I want to talk to you all about that doesn’t fit any of my other obsessively themed days of the week. I’d call it our Friday Funday, but that would be a theme. Themeless Friday? I’m digressing…this is why I have themes. I do actually have something important to discuss with you all, it’s in regards to a statement I’m sure we’ve all heard. “Can God create a rock so big He couldn’t lift it?” This is usually thrown about by atheists and is one of the easiest questions to segue into the Gospel that you’ll get. Law to the proud, grace to the humble, this question sets you up to do just that.

The question itself has been long since dismissed by philosophers as illogical, due to it committing the dreaded equivocation fallacy. If you’re beginning statement is that the God of the Bible is real, He is spirit and will be worshipped in spirit. This means applying the attributes of lifting anything to such a God is giving Him anthropomorphic qualities that go against His nature. Thus the God you begin with is not the god you end with, in such a statement. Logic is fun, huh? Fortunately it’s not taught in schools, so we’re still going to be asked this question. Smile, dear ones, when you hear this question! The lost are asking you to tell them about God!

When this is brought up I usually address the logic first, then I answer it in two ways. First the Law, explaining that there are things God can not do. He can not sin, He is righteous, He is holy, He is not man that He should lie. Run the person through the ‘Good Person Test’ or explain the Law and how we’ve broken it. That’s the best way to show how God is a just Judge, who can not let criminals go. That’s when you can address God made man, Jesus Christ, who lived a holy life and died in our place. Grace to the humble!

It wasn’t very long ago, beloved friends, that we went through logical fallacies. If you missed that series here are all the links.

#1 Laws of Logic

#2 First Law

#3 Law of Identity

#4 Excluded Middle

#5 Ad Hominem

#6 Straw Man

#7 No True Scotsman

#8 Argumentum Ad Populum

#9 Reification

#10 Bifurcation

#11 Equivocation

#12 Red Herring

#13 Begging The Question

We must always be prepared to give an answer for the hope which is within us. Anytime someone wants to talk about God, or the Bible, remember that they’ve asked you about that very hope, even if they’ve done so in a malicious or facetious way. We should be overjoyed when this happens, and lovingly give an answer. It’s possible that the person asking is not truly open to an answer, they might just enjoy the argument that follows. This is why the Law is for the proud, and grace is for the humble. Some sow, others water, but only God can bring the increase. Share the truth as lovingly as you can, and move on. By moving on, of course, I mean pray for that individual. Daily. Don’t be discouraged by these type of questions, or let them hinder you from sharing the Gospel. The power to save has never, and thankfully will never, rest on us. We must do what we can, weak and flawed as we are.

If you’re interested in hearing refutations for the so called ‘contradictions’ in the Bible our brother in Christ, Pastor Jim, deals with those here. Also, another brother in Christ, Tom, has been dealing with verses twisted by Roman Catholics, and how to handle those situations, here. I’m so thankful for these brothers diligence, and careful handling of Gods Word! I pray they’ll be an instrument of edification for you all, as they have been for me. If you have any questions, or have spoken to lost friends and family members and would like me to join you in prayer for them, let me know in the comment section. Have you heard this question? What kind of odd questions have you heard? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

9 thoughts on “The Rock – But Can He Lift It?”

  1. Thanks for this post, sister! I appreciate having all of the logical fallacies listed on one page! That’s very useful for me. I also appreciate your reference to my humble efforts to answer the claims of the Catholic apologist. I’m glad also for Pastor Jim’s ongoing series that answers claims of Bible contradictions. Thanks for the encouragement. We all need to diligently read and study the Word to be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us for a reason concerning the hope that we possess.

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