What God Cannot Do

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GOD JEHOVAH by Eugene Halliday

God cannot cease to be God. Omnipotence cannot cease to be omnipotence.

Thus for God there is no escape from His own Self.

This being so, whatever God’s qualities are essentially, he cannot escape. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. Thus these qualities He cannot escape.

There is, therefore, for God a problem. Shall He use or not use His qualities? Shall He use or not use His omnipotence and omniscience in His omnipresence?

God is omnipresent. Therefore there is nowhere where He is not. Therefore He cannot go anywhere, for He is there already.

Of what use, then, is His omniscience and omnipotence? His omniscience tells Him what He can do. And his omnipotence enables Him to do it. The three are co-extensive.

Before using His omnipotence, God in his omniscience sees all that He may do, as a non-actualised formal possibility extended throughout His omnipresence.

His All-presence He cannot avoid. His All-seeing He cannot stop. Only in His All-power can He introduce change.

Before His All-power introduces change, Time is not brought into Being, for Time is a product of change. Thus before change, God dwells in Himself in the changeless. This we call Eternity, or more accurately, He-trinity.

How does God introduce change into Himself, into His essential changelessness? He cannot go anywhere for He is already everywhere. He cannot learn anything new, for He knows all that He may do already in His All-seeingness.

One thing He can do. By His All-power He can introduce stress-accent into His All-seeing. He can make some of the forms in His understanding stronger or weaker. Thus by stress-accent from his All-power He can actualise His omniscience.

This, then, is the problem He sets Himself: shall He stress the forms of his omniscience or not? If He does not, then all are equal before Him, all stand void of importance within Him. For importance is only stress of the will.

God may stress the forms of His omniscience either simultaneously or in series, either wholly or in part. Whichever He does presents Him, by the fact of stress, with the actualising of some or all of His possibilities. This stressing of forms of His omniscience we call creating.

By Eugene Halliday