Do you agree that the above statement is false?
If you do, than you must believe that this
statement contrary to its claim is really true. But, if it is true then
it must be false since it claims to be lie. But, if…. (What a mess.)
However, what if you believe that the original
statement is true ?
Then, you must believe that what it claims is true,
but then it must be false since that is what it claims. But, if it is
really a lie, then the opposite must be true and so it is a true
statement. But if is true… (Same mess as before)
If a statement contains a self-contradiction then
we should not label it as true or false, but rather we should just point
out that it is nonsense. Similarly this is also the case for statements
“An all-Powerful and all-Holy God cannot lie.”
“An all-Powerful God cannot make a stone too
heavy for Him to lift.”
God freely chooses to be Who He is, all Good, all
Powerful, and all Holy.
We can see another
limitation in language when it is asked,
“What did God do before He created time?”
The word before is inherently dependent on time. So, the question is
meaningless nonsense. Just because people can put words together that
doesn’t mean that their question is valid.
God’s nature is to love.
Yet, He is not forced to love as if He has no free will in the matter.
He freely chooses to love. If someone was forced to love, it probably
wouldn’t be true love as the nature of love is to give freely. In the
Garden of Gethsemane Jesus was tempted. He had a choice. He chose to
remain true to Who He is, a Loving, Perfect, Holy God. God is
Love, Truth, and Goodness, and He has existed from all eternity.
Apparently, unlike us, He has chosen from all eternity to be Who He is.
He freely choose to
create a reality that is governed by the laws of science and He is the
author and creator of those laws. He freely choose to create this
reality that is governed by the laws of logic which He also created.
If someone asks, “Can God
choose to be illogical?” then we again point out that the question is a
The Question for the
So, now the Muslim is
faced to choose between two different notions of God. The Muslim view
believes God sometimes chooses to contradict Himself and sometimes to be
irrational. And the second option, is the Christian one. We profess
faith in a God who freely chooses to be Good, and to be rational and
logical. And sometimes He chooses to go beyond human logic by being
loving. He chooses to be from all eternity to be who He is, an
infinitely Loving God. Goodness is not some outside force that imposes
itself upon God.
Unlike before, the Muslim
now has a reason to convert to the Christian concept of God because a
Good, Consistent, and Ordered God is more beautiful and greater than the
Muslim view of God who is not those things. It should be easy to see
that order is better than disorder. Compare the sounds that are made by
someone who is playing the violin for the first time with someone who is
It also might be helpful
to show the Muslim that God in the Old Testament is always loving and
consistent as this is not always obvious to the casual reader. Scott
Hahn's teachings are most helpful in this regard.