Transubstantiation in modern science: How can substance change without accidents
(12-08-2012, 07:27 PM)jim111 Wrote:
(12-08-2012, 06:28 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote: Is it proper to say that God can do any conceivable or possible thing?  Someone once said that asking if God can make a four sided triangle is like asking if God can al;sdifjasdfklajsdlfij.  No such thing. 
I believe the answer to these questions is not that God can do anything, but that God is limited by nothing, or no laws can limit Gods ability.

Take the classic, can God make a rock so heavy he cant lift it. The laws of the universe state that Force X Acceleraton= weight. No matter what weight is pushing down God could always add a stronger opposing weight to lift the rock. However the idea that a rock is or is not moveable, is only possible because the laws of the universe (created by God) don't or do allow it to be moved. God could make a rock that defies the laws of physics and cant be moved by anything.
Here's another way of looking at it. Without gravity there is no weight, so anyone can lift anything. Now if the laws of gravity exist then we must use the laws of energy to overcome gravity. These laws only exist because God creates them, and even Gods laws can not limit God.
God not being a physical create makes the rock argument no more logical then to ask God if he could make a rock so blue he could not life it. This would make no sense in or universe sense God has not made a law that causes the color blue to have any effect on lifting a rock. However he could change the laws of the universe so that it did affect the weight of the rock.
What it amounts to, is that people try to make it look like there is something God can't do, when in reality there is just nothing that can limit his power.

We're not saying that God is limited by anything.  All we're saying is that He acts in accordance with His nature.  That's it.  We don't put any more limitations on Him by saying this than we put on Him by saying He cannot sin.  In fact, allowing Him to sin (error of the will) takes away from God just as allowing Him to rework His own nature to create absurdities (error of the intellect) takes away from Him.

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Re: Transubstantiation in modern science: How can substance change without accidents - by Walty - 12-08-2012, 09:33 PM

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