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Omnipotence is the power of God to effect whatever is not intrinsically impossible.
It is sometimes objected that this aspect of omnipotence involves the contradiction that God cannot do all that He can do; but the argument is sophistical; it is no contradiction to assert that God can realize whatever is possible, but that no number of actualized possibilities exhausts His power.
The omnipotence of God is a dogma of Catholic faith, contained in all the creeds and defined by various councils (cf.
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In most monotheistic religions, God is described as omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and all-loving (omni-benevolent?).
Resolving this issue is a major part of the theology of the monotheistic religions; attempts to reconcile God's goodness with the fact that evil exists is termed theodicy.
Omnipotence is sharply limited by neo-Aristotelian philosophers[?], who independently arose in Judaism, Christianity and Islam during the medieval era[?], and whose views still are considered normative among the intellectual elite of these faith communities even today.
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 The Omnipotence of the State
The omnipotence of the State, meaning the absolute and unlimited power of the Fatherland with respect to its individual members, has as a necessary consequence the omnipotence of the Government in which the State is personified, that is to say, pure and simple despotism.
However, the omnipotence of the Fatherland or the State is the exclusion and denial of the individual freedom, that is, of the freedom of men, which is not in itself but a moderating power of the power of the State.
The omnipotence of the Fatherland or the State is the cause and reason of being of the omnipotence of the Government of the Fatherland, which serves as personification or representation in the exercise of its sovereign power.
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 SEP: Omnipotence
Consequently, a satisfactory analysis of omnipotence ought not to require that an omnipotent agent have the power to bring about (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), or (f), if it is assumed, arguendo, in the case of (f), that libertarianism is true.
Thus, an omnipotent agent ought not to be required to have the power to bring about a state of affairs that is identifiable with or analyzable as a conjunctive state of affairs one of whose conjuncts is not possibly brought about by anyone.
The basic idea of this account of omnipotence is that an agent is omnipotent just when he can actualize any state of affairs that it is possible for someone to actualize, except for certain “counterfactuals of freedom”, their consequents, and certain states of affairs that are “accidentally impossible” because of the past.
www.seop.leeds.ac.uk /entries/omnipotence   (5916 words)

 Omnipotence - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The adjective "omnipotent" occurs in Revelation 19:6 the King James Version; the Greek for this, pantokrator, occurs also in 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7,14; 19:15; 21:22 (in all of which the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) render "almighty").
Indirectly the omnipotence of God is implied in the effect ascribed to faith (Matthew 17:20 "Nothing shall be impossible unto you"; Mark 9:23 "All things are possible to him that believeth"), because faith puts the divine power at the disposal of the believer.
In the New Testament the great embodiment of this redemptive omnipotence is the resurrection of believers (Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24) and specifically the resurrection of Christ (Romans 4:17,21,24; Ephesians 1:19); but it is evidenced in the whole process of redemption (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27; Romans 8:31; Ephesians 3:7,20; 1 Peter 1:5; Revelation 11:17).
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 Omnipotence - Uncyclopedia
Male omnipotence is actually surprisingly common, with doctors estimating that 3 in 10 men suffer from omnipotence at some time in their lives, though in varying degrees of severity.
Omnipotence can be a temporary effect brought on by the excessive drinking of caffeinated alcohol; this is known as "Brewer's Speed".
The causes of permanent omnipotence are unknown, although it has been suggested that if your mom was a virgin at the time of your birth, you have a far higher likelihood of being omnipotent.
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 Omnipotence | UberKuh
Omnipotence implies that God can create a stone so heavy that he cannot lift it, yet, because this is possible, God is not omnipotent.
It might be argued further along these lines that, since power requires action to be realized and action occurs within a natural frame of reference, God's power is not limited simply because it cannot be exercised outside a frame of reference that is conducive to action.
In other words, it is meaningless to say, one might argue, that God is not all-powerful because he is "unable" to act outside of acting determinants.
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 Omnipotence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Omnipotence is an attribute which means unlimited in power - without limitations to action.
"Omnipotence" tries to take a concept, "ability", and integrate it with contradiction, "unbounded", which violates the axiom of identity.
The result is a term which seems to mean something, but is in contradiction with reality and existence and is rationally unusable.
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 God's Omnipotence In Jewish Thought
I think this begs the question; one could of course deny as authentic any questioning of omnipotence; but the heretics are always there and and important in developemnt of religious thought.
The problem of reconciling omnipotence with evil, with human free will and with simple logical concistency have been rich sources of debate by Jewish thinkers for a long time.
I merely note with interest that the topic of omnipotence is not discussed with total unanimity either within Judaism or within Christianity.
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 God's Omnipotence'
If it is possible that there exists a stone too heavy for an omnipotent being to lift, then it is possible that an omnipotent being cannot lift such a stone (i.e., a stone too heavy for an omnipotent being to lift).
So, since this half of the argument concludes that an omnipotent being is not omnipotent (the conclusion that the opponent of omnipotence desires) by considering a case where God is asked to do the logically impossible--especially on the left-hand side of this argument --we can appeal to Aquinas' Thesis in rebuttal.
But such an argument cannot be used to prove God's omnipotence: The claim that God is omnipotent is not meant to include the idea that he can do what is logically impossible.
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 SEP: Notes to Omnipotence
The second premise is that possibly [(a non-omnipotent agent brings it about that a snowflake falls) and (no omnipotent agent ever exists) and (it is not within the power of any agent other than A to bring it about that no omnipotent agent ever exists)].
However, the libertarianism of Flint and Freddoso presupposes that some events, i.e., all free decisions, lack a sufficient causal condition, and there seems to be no good reason to deny the possibility of events that have no sufficient causal condition, especially in the light of current understandings of quantum mechanics.
Whether divine moral perfection should be understood as perfect goodness, perfect virtue, or an optimal combination of goodness and virtue, depends upon whether the correct theory of morality is consequentialist, deontological, or mixed (that is, a mixture of core elements of consequentialist and deontological moral theories).
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Because Person X is omnipotent, X should be able to make a rock so heavy X can’t lift it.
Our skeptical argument asserts that God must be able to do A and B or he is not omnipotent (which makes logical sense) AND God must be able to do A in such a way that B is not possible or God is not omnipotent.
In this way, the divine attributes (omnipotence, omniscience, omni-benevolence, etc.) are really one and the same due to the simplicity of the divine Nature.
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It is not possible for an agent to bring about an impossible state of affairs (e.g., that there is a shapeless cube), since if it were, it would be possible for an impossible state of affairs to obtain, which is a contradiction.
According to their approach, by identifying certain features of (a)-(f), we can find a feature that none of them possesses, and in terms of which an analysis of omnipotence can be stated.
In applying D3 to states of affairs like (e) and (f) it should be observed that a conjunct of a conjunctive state of affairs is a part of such a complex state of affairs.
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Almighty power may be discerned in the conversion of sinners; that is a creation, which is an act of omnipotence, as has been proved.
That the Lord God is omnipotent, may be evinced from the rise and progress of Christianity, the success of the gospel, in the first times of it, and the continuance of it, notwithstanding the opposition of men and devils.
And what but his vengeful arm of omnipotence can execute the sentence on millions and millions of devils and wicked men, in all the height of wrath, rage, fury, and rebellion?
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 OMNIPOTENCE (Sermon Illustrations, Bible Quotes And Choice Observations (Higher Praise Illustrations)
Just as he cannot pardon sin without atonement because that would not be right, so he cannot fail to be faithful and just in forgiving sins that are confessed in faith and in keeping all the other promises he has made.
Moral instability, vacillation, and unreliability are marks of weakness, not of strength: but God's omnipotence is supreme strength, making is impossible that he should lapse into imperfection of this sort.
The positive way to say this is: though there are things which a holy, rational God is incapable of intending, all that he intends to do he actually does.
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According to (O*), what is required for a being to be omnipotent is that it be able to strongly actualize any state of affairs which is such that that being's strongly actualizing it is compatible with what has already happened.
If omnipotence is not an enduring property for God, it does not count against his omnipotence if he has the ability to do something that results in his losing his omnipotence.
In particular, it does not follow from the assumption that God is not essentially omnipotent that (13) is false; it may be that, although omnipotence is not essential to God, it is nevertheless enduring for him.
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 Omnipotence, Part I
One of these terms is "Omnipotence." It is built from two words, "Omni" which means "all" and "potent" which means "powerful." When we speak of God's power and strength, God's creative majesty and wonder, we are speaking about God's "Omnipotence"...
It is designed to try and invalidate omnipotence altogether by forcing God to work contradictory acts at the same time.
In other words, by pure definition of omnipotence, the limitation must be located not in God's ability but in the nature of the universe.
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 Essay 2: The Omnipotence of God
The Scriptures, however, affirm both God's goodness and His omnipotence without qualification: God is not as eager to "get off the hook" of responsibility as all too many of His children are to remove Him from it.
His omnipotence is directed both for us and against us at the same time, because He has ordained that we are to struggle.
So do not reject the true revelation that God is omnipotent and has brought all of this world's happy and sad conditions to pass; reject only the fatalistic conclusion that worldly logic says is the necessary consequence of such an omnipotence.
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 Can God Create a Rock So Heavy He Can't Lift It? - Can God Truly Be Omnipotent?
The topic of omnipotence (the ability of God to do anything, i.e., God is all-powerful) is frequently cited by atheists as proof that the God of the Bible cannot exist.
Contrary to their claims, omnipotence does not include the ability to do things that are, by definition, impossible.
By defining omnipotence as requiring one to have the ability to fail, atheists have defined omnipotence as being impossible.
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 The Omnipotence of God
Topic 42: The Biblical concept of "omnipotence" must be different from the way we interpret "omnipotence".
Smith claims it is a proof that an omnipotent god cannot exist.
The word "omnipotent" is usually interpreted as meaning "able to do anything whatsoever".
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 The Omnipotence of God in our World
Nevertheless, the extent to which the omnipotence of God rules and overrules in the lives of His children is even more surprising--and, for many of us perhaps, unexpected.
All of which is in perfect harmony with the fact that the final world empire will appear at a time when God shall have "put into the hearts [of the nations] to fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast until the words of God shall be fulfilled" (Rev. 17:17).
I believe we shall find in eternity that God's omnipotence is of such a kind that the most wicked deeds of man will prove to be the source of the greatest glory for God--the supreme example being the crucifixion of the Son of God.
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 Quodlibet Online Journal: Impaled by the Two Horns of Logic: The Paradox of Omnipotence and Free Will - by Gabriel ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In 1955, John Mackie, in his insightful article "Evil and Omnipotence," delivered a cogent version of the problem of evil claiming, "it can be shown, not that religious beliefs lack rational support, but that they are positively irrational...".
As Bernard Mayo points out, "That the expression 'things (anything) which an omnipotent being cannot control' is self-contradictory, is scarcely veiled by writing 'he' for 'the omnipotent being.'" [9] Mayo's perspective elucidates this seeming paradox by exposing it to be a rhetorical question.
Hence, by our definition, even an omnipotent being is unable to control such things, and failure to control them does not count against omnipotence." [12] Mackie believes that this possible solution makes (10) justified and since then neither (10) or (11) is more justified, the paradox is reinstated.
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 The Omnipotence of God and our Mission
Although these others are undoubtedly attributes of God, the omnipotence is the one that can be said to be that is most fittingly designated as the object of our faith.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church also teaches that the omnipotence of God is threefold: it is universal in its scope, it is loving and it is mysterious.
This third dimension of God’s omnipotence, its mysterious character, is the source of strength of faith through the fire of trial.
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 SUMMA THEOLOGICA: Did Christ have omnipotence simply?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
But it is proper to God to be omnipotent, according to Ex.
v), it has an active power over everything that can have the nature of being; and this is to have omnipotence; just as every other thing has an active power over such things as the perfection of its nature extends to; as what is hot gives heat.
But this reason seems not to suffice, because even as we may understand by a likeness obtained from another, so also may we act by a form obtained from another, as water or iron heats, by heat borrowed from fire.
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