Originally posted by Freethinker112
How do you pick apart this one? That's a sincere question, not a joke or sarcasm.
First things first. As Angie and BTV already pointed out, there are many articles available online that refute the omnipotent paradox, on logical, mathematical and physical grounds.
I don't want to repeat them here; I wouldn't get any credit if I do so.
But then again, even if I come up with my own analysis, there are no guarantees that it wouldn't coincide with what's already been said and used to refute this. Simply because I haven't read all the articles that were written on this topic and who knows how many people think alike in this world?!
Usually, when presented with any question, I prefer to think aloud by breaking it down into simpler more atomic questions. Such as:
where is this rock going to be located after creation?
how much space is the rock going to occupy?
how much mass does the rock have?
how much gravitational force is acting on it?
am i going to end up with arithmetic that involves infinite quantities?
what does the act of lifting entail? is it lifting with a crowbar kind of tool or is it lifting with bare hands? (tools are better than hands :)
is the weight (assuming some gravitational force acting on the rock) uniformly distributed along the length of the mass? is tilting the rock the same as lifting?
And then there is the practical everyday physics that prevents us from speculating about the said rock. We know that matter is only 4% of the universe. Even if the rock is made up of all the matter that exists in the universe, we still know that it can coalesce into a dot (it happened once in the past) as well as it can rip apart (happening now),both phenomena due to gravity, so we know that force would "better" mass when it comes to it. But if all the universe is filled with matter, nothing is moving because there is no room for force to act on it? In that case, it is illogical to pose such a question and yet expect logic to lead us to a true/false answer?
So, it's not God who is facing the dilemma here. We are the ones facing the dilemma owing to the way we constructed our language (how did we define the word) and our logic (is the contradiction arising from a self reference?).