Can G-d Do Anything?
Moshe Ben-Chaim
How would you answer someone who asks the question, "can G-d do anything"? Would you immediately defend that notion, and feel obliged to answer "yes" without consideration? Many do exactly this. But as in all areas, wisdom must be employed if one desires to arrive at a correct conclusion.
If we say G-d can do "anything", we find ourselves in endless contradictions. For in truth, G-d cannot be unjust, He cannot punish someone if they haven't sinned, He cannot destroy himself, He cannot make Himself physical and many other such absurdities. In other words, G-d being limited is a truth. Most people feel limitation in respect to G-d is impossible.
What is impossible is for G-d to be imperfect. "Perfection" then is the main category which we attribute to G-d, under which all other attributes must fall. We do not start with the "superman"' notion of G-d, and force all other traits to be subsumed thereunder. This I believe is the source of the error. One must switch the main category regarding G-d.
This superman notion is carried over from youth and has gone unchecked. But realizing the above mentioned contradiction, one must now ascribe limit to G-d, this limit in actuality being attributed to His perfection.
Imagine a judge who can never accuse wrongly, and in each and every one of his cases he proves the innocent as innocent, and finds the guilt in the guilty. Would we not attest to the greatness of such a judge, as he is flawless in his judgments? Would we not say, that although he is limited to finding the truth in every case, and cannot err, that this is better, more perfect than a judge who does make mistakes?
The same applies to G-d.
G-d cannot make Himself physical, nor kill Himself, nor judge falsely, nor punish the righteous, and we say in all these cases that this attests to His perfection.
Limitations like these prove G-d's perfection.

Philosophy | Tnach | New Postings | JewishTimes | Audio Archives | Suggested Reading | Live Classes | Search | Letters | Q&A's | Community Action | Volunteer | Links | Education | Chat | Banners | Classifieds | Advertise | Donate | Donors | About Us | Press | Contacts | Home


Mesora website designed by
© 2003 Mesora of New York, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Articles may be reprinted without permission.