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.

Question to Jeff and Michael

I want to see if I follow your positions correct.

1. One of you is saying God could not remain God if He sinned, or lied. That by definition God is all good and therefore He cannot sin or lie. Scripture says God cannot lie. If God were go lie would He stop being God? Does that reflect Jeff's position right?

2. The other is saying that for God to be God He can, by definition, do what He pleases. He chooses not to sin but He could sin if He chose to do so. God would remain God no matter what His actions were. Is that Michael's contention?

Please correct my misperception if I am not following correct. I probably havent closely read each post completely but am curious what the summary position is you each hold.

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