Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Questions God Can't Answer

"Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable."
-CS Lewis
In honor of the great Christian writer CS Lewis, I thought I might compile a list of questions that are ridiculous enough that God might find them unanswerable, because of their nonsense.

1 - Can God make a rock so big even he can't lift it? (note: you might find this question in a basic philosophy class at A&M or on message boards)

2 - Can God kill himself forever?

3 - Who made God?

4 - Was Jesus a fictional character?

5 - Why doesn't God just prove that he exists?

6 - Aren't all religions the same?

7 - If God is love, then why is there a hell?

8 - Why are there so many hypocrites?

9 - Why is the God in the Bible so mean?

10 - Why doesn't God want me to have pleasure?

Note - "nonsense" doesn't mean that people might not honestly ask these questions and not know the answer. Nor is it a statement about someone's intelligence. Rather, it is better understood as being absurd - i.e., once a rational answer to each question is given, the question should seem absurd.


Kevin said...

I wonder how useful such lists are. Questions such as "who made God," "was Jesus a fictional character," and "what doesn't God just prove that he exists," may be "absurd" to believing Christians, but it may be off-putting to those who are inquiring about the Christian faith to call such questions "absurd." After all, they might be seeking answer to just such questions on their journey to faith, and as much as it is qualified, "nonsense" still means "nonsense."

Of course, the audience for this blog may be restricted to believing Christians, in which case readers may be comfortable with thinking that such questions are absurd.

On the other hand, by calling such questions absurd, it also may cut off further inquiry about one's own, existing faith. Questioning "why doesn't God prove he exist," for example, can lead to deeper questions and a greater knowledge of the nature of faith. If these questions have a rational answer and that's that, then there's not much impetus left to use such questions to explore one's faith.

Marcel said...

I think you are getting caught up in the definition of absurd.

Kevin said...

Perhaps. Should I focus on "nonsense," instead?

Marcel said...

K - the point being that there is no intent to be-little someone's questions. If it came off that way, it is unintended.

Exsultet said...

Who was it who answered Number 1 as: "He can, and then He'd lift it anyway,"?