What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Question: Can God create a rock so big that He cannot lift it?

Sometimes questions about God come in from folks that are full of good sound reasoning. There are other questions that are demonstrative of what I would call confused categories. Here is one you may hear that would fit this classification. The question is: Can God create a rock so big that He is not able to lift it?

Of course when you talk about God, we are talking about a being that is all powerful (omnipotent). At the same time, just because God is omnipotent, it does not mean that He can do literally everything. "What? What are you talking about? God can do everything!" The response to this emotional tirade is, "Can God do anything that will violate His will or His nature?"

The answer to that question is, no. God cannot lie. Why? Because God is truth and He will never violate His nature and the holy demands of His character.

God cannot make a square circle, because a square by definition is a four sided figure and a circle has no sides (some would say it has one side); therefore notion of a square circle is self–contradictory. And God cannot and will not cease being God, the only entity in existence, the reason for whose existence is in Himself.The question at hand about God creating a rock so big that He cannot lift it is one of confused categories. The rock was created, by....God, an infinite (all present, all knowing, all powerful and all loving) Being in every facet of His essence. If an all powerful Being can create anything, that Being will be able to move it as well.

5 comments:

M.A.C. said...

Hi Rob,

I thought we would be better to continue here.

I know that the question I am asking is ridiculous but the fact that there are so many denominations is not. The question is meant to be controversial in nature. But then so was Jesus controversial in his ministry.

What are your thoughts on that?

Rob said...

So is question about the numerous denominations? What is the question?

M.A.C. said...

Rob,

The first question is designed as an opener to the gospel message. And would lead to other questions for both laypersons and cleric alike to gauge the commonality that exists between denominations.

The finished product would look something like the churches of revelations commonly referred to the churches of the Apocalypse.

Revelations talks of seven churches with only two standing above reproach. I believe that most denominations fall into one of these seven unless they are a cult.

The Persecuted Church and The Faithful Church are beyond reproach. The rest are instructed to repent or at least come back to the gospel. While one is completely dead.

My mission is to exhort churches to repent for the final day of the coming of Christ.

After all what comes first in the believers life repentance or salvation?

Rob said...

Your mission is a noteworthy mission. I ask questions to open up presuppositions and find common points or points that are not in line with the truth of reality and the Word of God which helps the believer determine ultimate reality. I am finding that there seems to be a falling away from the gospel and the truth of the gospel. That gospel is that "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures. (i Cor. 15:4). As far as denominations, unity does not equal uniformity. If the denomination holds to the cardinal tenets of the Christian faith, believing on who God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and how one is saved, that is a good starting point for cooperation.

M.A.C. said...

Rob,

I fully agree and I might add that my thoughts also revolve around the fact these denominations are not communal. Which would make the message much harder to penetrate the division that would exist.

Also if a person is a true believer it is hard to negotiate past the hardcore truth of the gospel of Christ and our role we are intended to play. We must start somewhere to affect the change we want to see. I started with me.