The question goes: “Can God create a rock too big for even Him to pick up?” Most folks usually ask this question trying to stump the religious or to get them off track of an ongoing discussion. Just like the Samaritan woman that Jesus encountered at the well. She tried to change the subject of the discussion by asking Jesus where the right place to worship was. So it is with the question at hand.
To properly answer questions like this I ask questions of my own. The discussions I have had in the past go something like this:
“Define ‘too big,’” I say.
“Well if God could not pick it up, then it is too big,” they answer.
“So it would have to be bigger than God Himself?”
“So, how big is God?”
“I don’t know.”
“So how would you know if the rock was bigger than God if you don’t know how big God is?”
“So you are asking a question that even if you saw the answer, you still would not know if the answer was correct?”
More head scratching.
“So, if God could make a rock too big for Him to pick up, why would He?”
A deer in the headlight look.
“I think the focus of the question is wrong. Let’s say there is a reason why God would need or want to create this rock. Let’s say that all of humanity is doomed to an eternity away from God because they have rebelled against God. The only way for a man to be saved from this eternal separation from God is for God to create a rock too big for Him to pick up. Are you following me? Does that make sense?”
“Uh, yeah. I think so.”
“Based on what you know of God, can you kill God?”
“It would be impossible to kill God or for Him to die, right?”
“Because He is God and there is no way to kill God?”
“Could God kill Himself?”
“I’m not sure.”
“Hmm. Did Jesus claim to be God?”
“Yes. The Son of God.”
“Ok, He is the Son of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, right?” Most people would agree at this point.
“Was Jesus killed? Did He die on the cross?”
“Was He God?”
“Then God was killed. He experienced death. He died.”
“I guess so.”
“So, the impossible was done?”
“It was. In fact, not only was the impossible done, it was done by God. He orchestrated the death of Himself. To ask the question if God could create a rock too big for Him to pick up is like asking if a virgin could have a baby or can someone be resurrected from the dead or can God die. The main question is why God would do the impossible? The answer would be because He knows it is the best way to accomplish something. God knew the only way for humanity to be saved from eternal separation from Him was for someone holy to die in man’s place, to take the penalty for his rebellion. So He became a man, born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, was crucified on a cross, was buried, and on the third day was resurrected again. He did these impossible things all on purpose. Why? Because He loves us and He knows it is the only way to save humanity from their fallen condition. There is one more part; each man has to believe that they are in a fallen condition and God did all this for them to save them. Each man has to ask God to save them.”
Silence. I hope by now they are pondering what I am offering.
“So you tell me, can God create a rock too big for Him to pick up? Can God do the impossible or better yet, have you come to a point in your life that you have accepted what Jesus did for you so you can have this eternal life He offers?”
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