How could an infinite God take on limitations? Could God still be infinite if he is limited?
Well before we tackle this question, let’s define the topic as according to some traditional apologetics. “The infinite nature of God simply means that God exists outside of and is not limited by time or space. Infinite simply means ‘without limits.’ When we refer to God as infinite, we generally refer to Him with terms like omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence.” As stated by the Christian apologetic website Got Questions.org. Basically meaning God can do anything and everything, and nothing is impossible for God because he is infinite in nature.
To some this might seem like a nit-picky post, but I’m just pointing out the obvious. That if we say God is infinite & without limits. And then in the next sentence and same breath we say God can’t…(Fill in Blank Attribute.). Then we are confessing with our own lips that this (semi-)infinite god does have a speed limit.
I can even remember people telling me that the God of the bible is Sovereign and can do anything; he chooses to put limits on himself. Wait, a minute…Does that even make common sense? Why would a celestial deity even need or want limitations. Yet in some forms of Judeo-Christianity theologians such as Duns Scotus say that the ‘infinite’ nature of God invokes a sense of being without constraint, rather than a sense of being unlimited in quantity. (Whatever that really means?!?!?!)
However there are several examples in scripture & reality where there appears to be limits and restrictions on God.
- Biblical examples: He couldn’t find Adam & Eve in the garden. He cannot forgive certain sins. He can’t perform miracles in the face of someones unbelief.
- Reality examples: He can’t make everyone believe he exist. He choose to become human and take upon himself human limitations. He can’t lie or sin. Why would an infinite God need rest? (As shown in the seven day creation in gen. 1)
So the common Christian apologetic response to all of this is: Who are we to question and try to understand an infinite God with our limited knowledge? Now this is what leads us into another definition of infinite that gets thrown around; that an “Infinite God” is immeasurable, unsearchable, and unknowable. That infinity is the term man uses to describe something that cannot be counted or measured and God is surely immeasurable. (Attributes of God, as presented by the parent company.) That we finite beings, could never fully comprehend nor understand the mind of an infinite being. However this is not a real argument. It is blatant reasoning from ignorance.
However there are so many problems not only with the concept of God, but the concept of an infinite and limitless God.
- Something that exist has limits to its actual existence
- God is infinite meaning Without Limits or Limitless
- Therefore if God exist, he can not be infinite.
- However in Conclusion: If God is infinite, he cannot actually exist, except for conceptually.
What I am really trying to get at in this post article, is that the idea that if something truly and undoubtedly exist, it has to have limitations. It’s the limitation of existence that makes something measurable to verify it’s existence. In the end the concept of being and existing, requires limitations. And existence means limitations. The only thing that does not have limitations are the concepts and dreams we make up.
- Does God have self imposed limitations?
- How can finite man know anything about an infinite God?
- Can an Actual Infinity Exist?
- Infinite Qualitative Distinction
- God is infinite, how could he limit himself in the person of Christ?
- Who created God? a response post
- What is God?
- Interlude: God is infinite