HOT TOPIC: God's Nature vs His Character

michael_legna's picture

In another thread we veered off ending up discussing the Nature of God esepcially His omniscience and omnipotence.

I hold that God is ALL powerful and ALL knowing and He just chooses not to do somethings and to not know certain things when it suits His plans.

The other side of the argument is that there are certain things God cannot do, like sin. That it is not just Him choosing to not sin but that He is completely incapable of sin, that it is an actual limit to His omnipotence and omniscience.

This thread is meant to give all an opportunity to present arguments for either side.

I will begin by posting a few responses to the last few posts of one other poster in the previous thread.

michael_legna's picture

My titles are just summaries not full arguments

ML asked, "If God is not even capable of sin how can Jesus be tempted?"

JeffLogan said -
First, God cannot be tempted.

AV Ja 1:13 . Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

But if you look at the rest of scripture you will see that this lone verse in isolation cannot be interpreted without considering all the verses where it says He was tempted. I provide the verses in my fuller post to your actual response to my post instead of this post addressing a title alone.

JeffLogan said -
Therefore, Jesus took upon Himself the "likeness of sinful flesh."

AV Ro 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

And though He was tempted, as a man, in every way you and I are tempted...He never sinned.

NIV Heb4:15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

JeffLogan said -
That answers the question in your post title.

My titles are just summaries to so address it in isolation is a straw man attack since you know the meat of the argument and its real strength lies in the details. But even here you error because Jesus was both fully God and fully man and so was tempted as both, just as God is tempted as expressed in the Bible in the verses I provide in my fuller response to your other post.