The one thing it is impossible for God to do, part 1

I have three riddles for you:

1. What is the one thing it is impossible for God to do?
2. What is the one thing God forgets?
3. What is the one man-made thing in heaven?

riddler 
I kid you not, all three riddles have a biblical answer. (#1 and #3 are found in the New Testament; #2, in the Old Testament.) I’ll share the answers with you sometime soon — or perhaps my clever readers will provide them first in the comment section.

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  1. Stephen
    Nov 19, 2006 @ 10:59:50

    This post was originally published on Ragged Glory, one of my earlier attempts at blogging. My clever readers did indeed solve the riddles:

    #1 — What is the one thing it is impossible for God to do?

    God cannot contradict his own nature.

    One of my readers, Snaars (who has a degree in philosophy), absolutely nailed it: “The current consensus among theologians is that God cannot do anything that conflicts with his essential attributes. For instance, being good, God cannot do evil. He can’t commit suicide because he’s eternal. If god is all-knowing, then he can’t fail to know something.”

    Frankly, that’s a better answer than I could have given.

    The scripture I have in mind is 2 Timothy 2:12-13 — “If we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself.”

    I take the last phrase, “he cannot deny himself,” to have a very broad application along the lines suggested by Snaars — God must be true to his own attributes. This means God cannot do evil, he cannot lie, and a bunch of other stuff.

    #2 — What is the one thing God forgets?

    Our sins. See Heb. 8:12, which quotes an Old Testament text, Jeremiah 31:34 — “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

    #3 — What is the one man-made thing in heaven?

    The wounds of Christ. See John 20:20 and 20:25, for starters. Immediately after the resurrection, Jesus still bore the nail wounds in his hands and the sword wound in his side.

    Next consider Rev. 5:6, “between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain …”. And Rev. 1:7 perhaps hints that Jesus’ wounds will be visible when he returns: “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him …”.

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