First rule of convincing your marks rubes customers
congregation that you know what you're talking about: Don't make claims that are obviously and patently impossible
OK, now I'm pretty sure I've dealt with this before. The definition of omnipotent, as Brian has rather redundantly, but helpfully, mentioned, is that your magic god thing can do ANYTHING, no matter what.
So, as a wise man once said: Can this god create an object so heavy he himself cannot lift it?
Tip: I can do that. Another one I like is "Can god make a cup of coffee so hot that he himself can't drink it". *
Now for the second claim, which I've definitely dealt with previously. Omniscience
Omniscience implies knowing everything. Literally everything. Most christians who've never thought about this in any depth take this to mean that god knows everything
, past, present and future. Brian seems to be echoing this.
So god knows what you're going to do. So you basically have no choice in your own actions - you can't second guess a 3O god. So no free will. No free will means no sin, because you have no choice whatsoever in the matter. No sin means the crucifiction and resurrection were pointless, since god was sacrificing himself to himself (pointlessly) for something you (the christian) had no choice in.
And there the whole of christianity falls to pieces. Again.
Thanks Brian! You've demonstrated your own gaping ignorance, and your religion's pointless, paradoxical, foundations. I hardly had to do anything at all. Excellent
*someone schooled in physics may have problems with this one - the pressure required to keep water liquid above 100oC increases mathematically and it all gets rather pedantic. Still, I like it.
posted @ Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:39 AM