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To attempt to criticize the attributes of the deity herein question requires first to give ontology to such attributes and define them thus. Such a God possesses six particular traits I will now define:
Omnipotence ? That regardless of difficulty, impossibility or the laws of nature that this god can do whatever he likes, that is to be able to perform an infinite number of actions to an infinite number of objects regardless of outside factors; the concept of ?impossible? doesn?t apply. Omniscience ? That everything is made known to God, that every action, thought and all possible outcomes situations and every single piece of information is made aware to him in some form, at all times and of all times. Omnibenevolence ? That at all times God is only capable of acting in a loving way toward all existence unconditionally. Omnipresence ? That at all times and in all places throughout the entirety of existence and non-existence, God is in some way ?present;? that he is always there regardless of barriers. Transcendence ? That the laws of nature and the reality that we as human beings experience and thus its constraints do not apply to God?s existence, e.g. Whilst we are victims to the passing of time and with it grow old, frail and die, God does not. Immanence ? That God bears witness to existence much the same as human beings bear witness to theirs, that he is ?with? us in more than just a spiritual fashion and is a part of the universe.
To begin the critique is to exhibit obvious flaws in the possible existence of these characteristics. Omnipotence, as we have stated, is to be able to do anything. Thus, the question, commonly attributed to the philosopher Averroes, may be asked ?Can God create a stone which is so heavy he cannot himself lift it?? This presents a paradox, a stone so heavy he can?t lift it means he therefore cannot be omnipotent as his power is limited, but if he can lift it he therefore can?t be omnipotent as he cannot create it, and thus his power is again limited. The paradox is similar to the one created when ?An unstoppable object collides with an immovable wall? and when looked at linguistically, like the omnipotence paradox, disproves the existence of the characteristic. An immovable object cannot exist in the same universe as an unstoppable one, as by definition each one would negate the other; immovable would mean nothing can move it, but something unstoppable would move it and the converse also holds true. The Paradox of impossibility also arises in conjunction with God?s Omniscience, in the question ?Does God have the Power to change that which he already knows will happen?? where God ends up being either Omnipotent or Omniscient but cannot be both. Omnipotence therefore cannot be reconciled with a being that exists in our universe: But luckily it would appear this God can get away with it by being Transcendent.
Unfortunately his quality of transcendence is equally as impossible as his Omnipotence, because we have also already defined God as Immanent. How can a being that exists outside of reality also bear witness to it? Well the Christian would tell you this is because God exists both as the Father (Transcendent) and as Jesus, the Son (Immanent). This dichotomy however wreaks havoc upon the remainder of God?s attributes, For example Jesus at many points through his life displays his lack of foreknowledge for his future, which an Omniscient deity should surely possess? (E.g. his cries of ?Aloi Aloi..? on the cross, his need to prove himself against temptation and his seemingly innocent childhood.) The Old Testament God also denies his own transcendence through the multiple times he acts within the world (Walking in the Garden of Eden [where he also claims to be unaware of Adam?s whereabouts] and the times when he speaks to the prophets) and also his Omnibenevolence in the cruel acts he performs (e.g. The Ten plagues of Egypt.)
His Omnipresence is perhaps the hardest characteristic to disprove, but perhaps the most menacing and jeopardizing to the holiness of God, in that a God that is ever-present and ever watching is so akin to that of a Big Brother state. It is a God who knows your every thought also and has the power to change all your actions, and does so all under
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