Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Silly" Rock

Tonight Seamus was quoting one of his Veggie Tales movies and pulled one of these: "Maybe Qwerty has a verse for us today." The verse Seamus quotes is Matthew 19:26.

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

It was funny because the next words out of his mouth were: "That's not what it means!"

I am not sure what transpired in the movie but apparently some vegetable got that verse all wrong.

In the crazy way that my mind works I thought of that question that always seems to pop up from aspiring atheists.

"If God can do anything, can he make a rock so big he cannot lift it?" The budding atheist then laughs to himself as if he had stumped you and walks away. You almost inevitably stand their stumped. You never do think of a good answer.

I have heard preachers that I respect answer that "silly" question in one word; yes. They almost never explain why. As a budding christian this very question haunted me. It caused me to ask more questions that made the bible, and God for that matter, seem hypocritical. If God can do anything how can there be something he cannot create and that he cannot lift at the same time. God is supposed to be limitless.

For some reason Seamus answered my question for me. "That is not what that means!"

With God all things are possible. Being able to do all things also makes you able to choose what you can't do. There are a lot of things that we choose not to do even though we can. Why wouldn't this apply to the almighty?

I know that I have understood this for a long time now. I just never applied it to that "silly" question. God chooses not to do a lot of things. He chose not to make Tevye rich. Good thing for us or that movie would never have been so good.

The point is that tonight Seamus answered a question for me that I have never been able to answer for myself. I had not thought about it for a long time. Good thing Seamus is turning 5 in a few days. I was feeling pretty "silly" always getting my heavenly messages through a 4 year old. ;)