When referring to God, I am speaking of the Judeo-Christian
god spoken of in the old and new testaments of the Bible. Christians
have given their god certain criteria, which include. . .
1. The creator and ruler of
2. Possessed unlimited powers,
ability to do anything (omnipotent).
3. Having total and complete
knowledge of everything (omniscient).
Completely free of evil
and hate (omnibenevolent).
5. Existing everywhere (omnipresent).
Perfect and flawless in
All the above descriptions are of course absolute.
God the Creator
Christians insist that everything had to have a first cause, and that
cause was God. Well if everything had to have a first cause, then
where did God come from? If the universe needed a cause, why doesn't
God need a cause? Christians claim that God is eternal and didn't need a creator.
It's just as easy to say that the universe is eternal and didn't need
God the Omnipotent
As a believer, I never doubted the ability of God to be able to do
anything. Jesus said ‘with God, ALL things are possible’. I
accepted that God was all-powerful and could do anything, no matter how
illogical it may have seemed. But are there some things that an all-powerful
god can't do? What about the illogical? Could God create an immovable
object and an irresistible force to exist at the same time, in the same universe?
What about the not so illogical? Could such a god (if he existed) create
a being that is even greater and more powerful then himself?
God the Omniscient
One of the foremost problems with God's omniscience, is that it is incompatible
will. If man has free will to make any choice he so desires, how
could God know what choices man will make? The biggest problem I have
with an omniscient God, is that an all knowing God would have
foreknowledge of the destinies of every being in which he created, long
before he created them. Now if God already knows which of those
will go to
Heaven and which of those will go to
God purposely creates people to send them to
How can an all loving God; a God whose greatest desire is that every
person accepts him and gets into
all eternity, create beings whom he already knows aren't going to make
God the Omnibenevolent
Omnibenevolence is another characteristic that Christians have given their
god. It doesn't seem plausible to me that a being, with this much home
baked goodness, can idly sit back and watch the pain and suffering plaguing
our planet. God is supposed to be omnipotent, which means that he
can prevent evil. If God chooses not to prevent evil, then he can't
be all loving.
God the Omnipresent
God is said to simultaneously occupy every part of the universe. There
are scriptures in the Bible that claims otherwise...
Adam and Eve hid themselves pretty
well, because in the next verse, God asks "Where art thou?" If God is
everywhere, why would he need to walk
anywhere? If God is also omniscient, why didn't he know where Adam and Eve were hidden?
Apparently God does not dwell in the
land of Nod, since Cain was able to be out of his presence there.
If God is present everywhere, there
would have been no need for him to "come down".
God the Perfect and Flawless
How can God be perfect and flawless, if many of the things he created
are imperfect? How can perfection create imperfection? If God
created man perfect, then how did man succumb to sin? Also; how can
man improve upon some of God's creations? How are we able to make
some foods taste better and more nutritious? When babies are born
with birth defects, (Siamese twins for example), man will sometimes step
in and repair the damage as best as he can. In fact, science always seems
busy fixing many of God's blunders.
© 1998 Derrick Miller