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Can God do ANYTHING? Even Evil?

Jul 30, 2020    Pastor Zach McAlack

Summary: Omnipotence can be defined two ways: what he can do (can do anything it’s logically possible for a perfect being to do) or by the powers possessed.
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God is superlatively great, he is perfect, so the study of the divine attributes is a fleshing out of his perfection.
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Omnipotence—perfect in power
Omniscience—perfect in knowledge
Omnibenevolence—perfect in goodness.

If you then define omnipotence in terms of perfection, having just said that the definition of omnipotence is being perfect in power is circular reasoning and is not terribly helpful.
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So omnipotence means that God lacks no possible power. If God can’t sin doesn’t that mean that he lacks the power to sin.
1.Sometimes you don’t lack the power to do something just because you can’t do it.
2.Perhaps the ability to sin is not a power.
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The difference between sinning and not sinning is not a definition of power but it has to do with motives and circumstance around the use of the power in question. For example in killing: a solider may kill another and it is not sin, but a robber may kill a bank teller and it is murder, it is the same power but sin is the circumstances around the use of the power.
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What two attributes does the bible emphasize over all the other? God’s Holiness and His Power. Omniscience is a form of cognitive power; it is the power to know. An omniscient being is perfectly powerful cognitively speaking. If you are omnipotent you are omniscient. The same is true of omnipresence; an omnipresent being is perfect in power and knowledge in time and space. Moreover, he would have to be eternal and in fact immutable.
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