A Rock So Big He Can't Move It
It seems kind of trite, but this was the first ‘challenge’ to my faith when I was a child. An older kid asked me if I thought god could do anything. I said, of course he can. Then the kid asked "Could He make a rock so big, that even He couldn’t move it?" This made my head explode. Prior to that moment, I had not even considered that there could be any contradiction to the faith which had been shoved down my throat before I was old enough to eat solid food.
But a post from olly over at 10,000 Reasons to Doubt the Fish this morning led me to recall that moment, and also to reflect on the age-old problem of defining god. I don’t think it can be done, because the concept of god is entirely man-made and subjective. Which is why it’s so destructive. The name of ‘God,’ ‘Allah,’ ‘Yahweh,’ ‘I AM THAT I AM’ can be invoked to serve any cause, no matter how wicked. I remember an old man named Al Wilman. Al was at CUT for a long time. He later left, and all he could talk about was how people wasted their life chasing their "man-made god." I think Al died about 10 years ago. I’m sorry he didn’t come to this realization earlier in his life.
So how do you define god?
Please go over to 10,000 Reasons to Doubt the Fish and join the discussion.