God is Not Omnipotent and You Should be Glad

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Many take comfort in the belief that God can do anything. This idea by itself  has no real practical significance.  And really, if you think about it, can be quite scary.

The concepts of  Sovereignty and Omnipotence hold little assurance because they do not reveal intentions. Have you ever heard someone say, “be careful around that person. They’re capable of anything!”  Hearing those words doesn’t quite make you feel all warm and fuzzy do they? When we say God is Omnipotent we are saying He is capable of anything. What you are left with is an unpredictable God. A Cosmic Toddler, if you will, who may decide at any moment to either save, or damn to hell. To heal, or smite with disease.

No, there is no comfort in what God can do until we know what He cannot do.

And what He cannot do is lie (Titus 1:2).

It is from this fact, that everything we know concerning God’s Love, Faithfulness, and Mercy can be formulated and relied upon.

A Little Too Sovereign?

I think sometimes Christians over emphasize the sovereignty of God to the point that they begin to blame Him for everything happening in the world. God may be sovereign, but He is also limited by His Word. The Bible tells us He cannot lie. If  He can’t lie, then there are things God does not do. How do we find out what those things are? By reading His Word. Once you know what He has said, you then know what He is bound to.

For example, if a child is sick and ends up dying as a result, people often say things like, “God took them. It’s a blessing

"It's good that you caused that car accident and killed all those people, God . . . It's real good."
“It’s good that you caused that car accident and killed all those people, God . . . It’s real good.”

in disguise.” Death and sickness are never referred to in the Bible as blessings. They are referred to as enemies, evil, and a curse (Deut 28, 1Cor 15). So you see, God cannot call something a blessing, that He has already declared a curse. That’s a lie. When we accuse God of such, we are inadvertently calling Him a liar. Others say, “That child dying was part of God’s will.” This  is attributing a characteristic to the will of God that cannot be true. Jesus said in reference to little children, “It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish (Matt 18).”

I’ve talked to some Christians who say, “You never know what God, in His Sovereignty might do. He may decree for you to sin tomorrow. If He does, it’ll be His will, His hand will be on it and He will be controlling the whole thing.” No, God wouldn’t do that. He can’t. The Bible says God set us free from sin. For Him to put us back in bondage to it would be a contradiction.

On the subject of healing, some have said, “You can pray in faith, but healing still may not come. If it doesn’t, it’s because God, in His divine wisdom, decided not to answer that prayer” Nope. God has to answer that prayer. James 5 says the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up.

 

So . . . ?

Some will wonder why, then, do these things happen if they are not God’s Will? And that is a legitimate question but I would do it injustice to attempt an answer here on this particular article. I will, however, challenge you to ask yourself why we seem hard wired to think the default answer for all things happening in the world is, “God did it.”  This type of reasoning inevitably leads people to use events and worldly experiences to measure and evaluate the character of God.  This is one of the most dangerous things a believer could ever do because the Bible says it’s the devil who is in control of this whole world (1Jn 5). He is the power over the present darkness (Eph 6). To attempt to discern God’s will based on things that are happening in a world dominated by the enemy would be serious error.

The best way to discern Who God is and what He does is by finding out what He said.

He cannot lie. And you really should be glad. I cannot imagine serving a God who says one thing, but may decide at anytime not to honor it. The promises of salvation, heaven, forgiveness and redemption would all mean nothing.

2 thoughts on “God is Not Omnipotent and You Should be Glad

  1. Concerning God’s Omnipotence. He is not limited by His inability to lie. Omnipotence is the fact that He is the most powerful above all others. He is eternal, while all others are temporal. He can do anything within His nature of Holiness. As for your statement concerning death is always a curse. Psalm 116:115 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Death is not always a curse. All death is the result of our sin nature inherited from Adam (Adamic curse). Now, as to your quoting Jesus in Matthew 18. In context, He was speaking a parable of lost sheep. “Little ones’ is a reference to a sheep. The parable speaks to the value of one human life to God. It tells us that Jesus came to save everyone, not just wealthy, prominent, or overtly religious people. I think you are trying to squish God into a mold you understand. He is beyond our understanding in many aspects, but He has given us everything we need for Life and Godliness.
    Numbers 23:19
    God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

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    1. Hi Ricky! Thanks for weighing in.

      Yes, I would not disagree with your definition of omnipotence. But many believe omnipotence means God can do anything. Which is not true. As pointed out, there are a lot of things He can’t do.

      I actually did not say death was always a curse. I said it is never referred to as a blessing, but as a curse and an enemy. I think the fact that our deaths are precious to God is true also. I don’t see a contradiction there.

      As for the passage in Matthew, reading further up, Jesus is referring to children. (verses 1-5).

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