if god is truly omnipotent, we aren't so special are we?

Canada
July 13, 2007 2:59pm CST
many religions believe that god created us in his image, or god watches over us or we have personal relationships with this omnipotent being...however. i argue that if god was truly all powerful, and could do the imposable and could CREATE CONTRADICTIONS (ie create a rock too heavy to lift and lift it) he would be far beyond human understanding.. so A) we would not be as special as we think we are B) god wouldn't love or hate us C) understanding god would be like teaching an ant quantum physics. D) all religions that believe that god is omnipotent + tries to understand, have relationships or have anything to do with god are wrong. what do you think?
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@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
16 Jul 07
I disagree. Although God is a force beyond our comprehension, the bible teaches blind faith...ants do not have the power to believe or understand as we as humans do so that correlation is kind of far fetched. Although we could never comprehend everything about God, we study & we learn as much as we can. We believe in God & trust him. There is no way you could ever ubderstand fully the complexity pf another human. Never know everythiing there is to know about another, yet you still have relationships. Same with God, although you will never understand his complexity you can still have a meaningful relationship with him.
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• Canada
16 Jul 07
exactly, the TRUE meaning of omnipotence goes far beyond our understanding. this, however, means that there is no relationship with him AND all "reasoning" behind him is wrong (meaning, religion is wrong). if you cant understand him, he is far beyond logic and religion is wrong. if you can, he is not omnipotent and religion could be right.
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@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
16 Jul 07
again, because something is beyond our comprehension doesnt mean it isnt real. Space is beyound our comprehension, how big it is, what is in it, etc. However, it is proven that it exists. So your theory doesnt make any sense.
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• Canada
17 Jul 07
space isnt beyond comprehension. it is simply the area around an atom.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
14 Jul 07
A) If God is OMNIPOTENT, how is it that he is not potent enough to make something/someone special? Even we can make someone special for us! B) What is the point to create us then? I love my work and all I make/create. C) Antes are closer to quantum levels of existance than us, why couldn't them understand them? D) God is also able to create ways of comunication, called Mediations, what is smaller plans of existance closer to our existance (i.e. Angels).
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I agree, omnipotent means having the power to do anything one chooses. This doesnt mean, that they HAVe to do what they can. They can choose not to do something they have the power to do. In God's case, he chooses not to interfere in free will. That doesnt mean he doesnt have the power to do so.
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
i believe we are special, regardless of what we are. the fact that no 2 people in this galaxy are alike makes each special. i guess its how we see people and even ourselves, that makes us wonder if we're special. God doesn't just make anything out of His all-powerfulness, but also by His all-knowingness. If He created us, then each 1 is special in His eyes..regardless what other people's eyes see.
• Canada
16 Jul 07
we are like 99% the same.. dna wise
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@santuccie (3375)
• United States
16 Jul 07
DNA-wise, maybe, but what about our strengths? The MBTI test gives us sixteen variations of personality, and that's just one example. But some jobs take more than one person to do, and what better way to encourage cooperation than to give different strengths and different weaknesses to different people? Everyone has a different job, just like every organ has a different function. But they all work together. And they tend to be more "productive" when they work together, rather than against each other. Fighting is destructive, not constructive. There's some "science" for you. :P
• Philippines
17 Jul 07
well i believe its also true with our strengths or personalities..not just our genetic make-up. no matter how many similarities 2 people have, they're still different. i don't think we can count the combinations of talents, strengths, & weakness in this planet with 6 billion people. That's really astronomicall!!! science only points out to God.
@agnescav (566)
• United States
13 Jul 07
This is where I got in trouble in first grade. Nun says you are special because God made you. Brilliant five year old that I am, I raised my hand and asked if God made everybody, what made me special. gave up trying to figure that one out
• Canada
14 Jul 07
haha, i dint think about religion much till i was like 8ish, and i questioned it when i was 12ish.. and thats when it all started crumbling down... you know, when teaching creationism in science class, the students are not allowed to ask questions? what kind of science is that haha
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@agnescav (566)
• United States
16 Jul 07
In Catholic school you learn not to ask anything real young!
@shyamlal (3538)
• India
18 Jul 07
God is a character created by man who just got bigger than man himself and they started worshiping him...Well people do your duties and don't waste time thinking about what you will get after you die..
• Canada
19 Jul 07
i cant, it seems to be the biggest thing for me. and its not a waste of my time because im a philosophy student =P
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@livewyre (2455)
28 Jul 07
I follow your argument up to A)... after that you lost me... It must be implicit in the concept of God, that he/it is beyond human understanding - how can any created being comprehend it's creator? How do you jump from that to A)'we are not special'? On the contrary, if this mighty being stooped to create an environment for us to live in, how are we not special to him/it?? B) Why would he be indifferent to his truly spectacular creation?? C) 'understanding' is impossible for a created being, however that does not preclude communication (understanding implies being able to examine motive etc..). D) God and omnipotence are synonymous - personally I am not really interested in a 'God' who is less than omnipotent - that would make your 'god' somewhat impotent!! and hardly living up to the title: 'God' I think basically you're just trying to say you don't believe in God... which is fine and a point of debate... I'm not sure that it makes sense to try and say that on the one hand, and then say god isn't omnipotent? If you don't believe, what's the point intalking about omnipotence - and if you do believe - how could you belive in some sort of 'less than God' who wasn't omnipotent?? One of us is confused...is it me?