How do we know that God exists?


#1

My 18 year old son works with a middle aged man who is seen as very smart by his fellow employees. This man talks a lot to his younger co-workers and insists there is neither God nor hell. He says that God can not know all things, create all things, etc. He asked this question: If God can make anything can he create a rock that is too heavy to be lifted by even God? Please direct me in helping my son respond. Apparently this man has read a lot of the bible and seems to have great come backs that send these poor young men reeling. Thank you and God bless you all!!


#2

Dear d,

That line is as old as the hills. There are others like it: “Can God create a square circle?” and so on. They all require God to contradict Himself. To contradict Himself WOULD be a weakness. But remaining consistent is not a sign of weakness.

God cannot sin either. This is not a weakness. God cannot be other than He is (all powerful, all knowing, all good). These are not weaknesses.

To walk by an automobile parked at the curb and suggest that such a contraption could come together by chance, with all its various types of metal and leather and rubber, etc—is absurd. How could anyone posit such a thing? And yet the world and all it holds is far more complex than an automobile. Creation demands a Creator.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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