Ask any Christian, Muslim, or Jew; Is God all-powerful? The answer invariably is yes. Ask all the big questions and the answer is always yes. Is God all-powerful? Is God all-knowing? Was God here before the Universe? Did God set the Universe in motion and create everything in it? Will God be here long after we are gone? All Yes!
Let’s take all of those things as fact and assume they are true. God came first before everything. He came before evil and good. He is the Prime Mover and the beginning of everything. He knows everything that ever was and ever will be. He was here before everything. Then he decided to create things. He made evil and good. He made matter and energy. He made Heaven and he made angels. He made angels flawed and some of them rebelled. He created Hell and he threw rebel angels into it (therefore by implication he also made demons). He made the world and he made humans. He made the serpent and he made temptation. Find me a Christian, Muslim, or Jew that says otherwise. I dare you.
So for the sake of discussion, we are all agreed, God did it all.
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27.
With all his power God did not create perfection, that much is obvious. The Bible starts with flawed creatures that rebelled against God. In fact, rebelling against God is a constant theme in the Bible, the Torah and the Quran, and is universally condemned by God. God created evil, temptation, and free will, but condemns all form of rebellion against him. God created angles and humans that disobeyed him and he punished them all. God created beings that even knowing he is God, knowing they will be punished, they still freely chose to stand against him. Why? As any believer will tell you, it’s all part of the plan. God has a plan. So what is a plan? A plan is any list of steps with timing and resources used to achieve an objective,… and God has one.
I don’t believe any believer will disagree with anything I’ve said so far, God is all-powerful, all-knowing, he’s the Prime Mover, and he has a plan. So we are all still agreed.
Now here’s the first problem with all that. We have an all-powerful being that existed before the beginning of time and space and what does he do? He creates a Heaven and a Universe. He populates Heaven with flawed beings. Then he creates billions and billions of stars across a billions of light years. All that just so he could create a tiny planet full of all sorts of animals and plants. All that so he could create a garden. All that so he could create a man. All that so he could pull a rib out of him and make a woman. All that so he could put a talking snake in the garden to trick the woman and punish them both. He did all that just so he could create the flawed human race that would continuously rebel against him. That’s a hell of a plan.
It is the final proof of God’s omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us. – Peter De Vries
So God followed a list of steps with timing and resources to achieve an objective. Problem is, he’s God. He’s all powerful. Couldn’t he have just jumped to the end of that and created the human race as he wished it to be? Two religious opinions on this. 1) God’s plan was that he wanted us innocent just as he created us, but we screwed it up, we disappointed him, and now we have to deal with the consequences. 2) God’s plan included us falling from grace because he needs us to do so according to his plan. So he is either disappointed in us because he didn’t intend us to fall, or we are just following the plan and we had to fall. If he didn’t know what we’d do and he’s disappointed in us, then he is not all-knowing. If we’re just following his plan by disobeying him, then not only do we not have free will, but he is not all-powerful because he needs a plan to achieve his ends. Either way, he’s not all-powerful or all-knowing. If you’re all powerful you don’t need a plan, you just get what you want and you get it now. If you’re all-knowing you can’t be disappointed.
So God has backed himself into quite the corner as he throws Adam and Eve out of the garden. He is either disappointed in us because we ruined his plan or ruining his plan is part of the plan. This just spins in circles like all of religion. If god knew we’d fall and he planned it that way, how do we have free will? If we do have free will, what if we had chosen not to disobey him and then we screwed up his plan? If he made temptation completely overwhelming to us so as to achieve his plan, then why is he punishing us? If he is disappointed in us because we disobeyed him, then he is not all-knowing. Round and round in circles it goes. Ask any believer these questions and they will just keep coming back with one mindless answer; God has a purpose. What purpose? We don’t know because God is mysterious. I’m fine with that answer because if you have a purpose, and you can’t achieve that purpose instantly, then you need a plan. If you need a plan then you are not all-powerful.
So what is constraining God that he needs a plan? Why can’t God just have what he wants right now? Why does an all-powerful being need a plan in the first place? Does he need to groom us for thousands of years to be better souls? Why not just make us from the start into the souls he wants? Do we have to suffer so we can be redeemed? Why not just make incorruptible creatures to start with? Is there something special in a being that has suffered that is so special that God cannot make it instantly? If we have to go through a process to become what God wants us to be, that means God can’t have what he wants immediately. If he can’t have what he wants instantly, he is not all-powerful.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. – Genesis 3:17-19
It’s right there in the Bible, humans disobeyed God and he punished them (many times). He created all of the Universe just to put two humans in a garden with a talking snake and a smart tree, knowing they would disobey him, just to punish them to serve his purpose. If you claim he didn’t know they would eat from the tree, he’s not all-knowing. If you claim he did it to achieve an end, he’s not all-powerful. Couldn’t he have just started with humans on earth as-is, did he need to do all of that to achieve his goal? Did he create Heaven and Earth and angels just to have a civil war in Heaven so he can cast down the rebel angels just so he can have a serpent in a garden to trick two humans who had no idea of good and evil in the first place? God sounds like a mental patient.
Fast forward to the time of Noah,…
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” – Genesis 6:5-8
Again God is disappointed and troubled. He’s supposed to be all-knowing and all-powerful so how can he be disappointed, didn’t he see it coming? How can he be troubled if he is all-powerful? Why are we punished because he can’t seem to get it right? It’s his planet, his rules, and we’re his creations but he’s disappointed so we have to die? Genesis tells us everything on the planet had to die because God made flawed humans that failed him by doing exactly what he must have known we’d do (he’s all knowing, remember). So why didn’t he just snap his fingers and make us disappear and start over (he’s all-powerful, remember)? God makes flawed beings that he knows are easily tempted, and then they breed (also at his command), and then he wipes them out because they did what he made them to do. God’s whole plan seems to be; “You didn’t have to do what I told you not to do, but since you did because I made you that way, I’m going to kill you and make you suffer for all eternity.” God is all-knowing and all-powerful but the best he can come up with for a system of reward and punishment is that if you do any of the things that he created you to do, he will lock you in a hole forever and set you on fire. He wants you to suffer on earth for your eternal reward in Heaven but if you have a good time on Earth you will burn in Hell forever. Those are your options. Why can’t he just fill Heaven with good souls and skip all the drama? It’s obvious God needs a process and a plan to get good souls into Heaven and every religion is predicated on that one belief. That means God just can’t get it right the first time, he needs a plan and some things on his plan will fail (obviously since he’s so disappointed and angry all the time). He tried once to make things right the first time with angels and a third of them told him to screw off. Smart angels.
It’s simple. God is not all-powerful or all-knowing. All the holy books on the planet are proof. God gets jealous, angry, and disappointed in us, his creations, all the time. He gets so disappointed he kills his own creations out of anger. God seemingly has a plan which by definition means he can’t be all-powerful and he is constantly surprised at the actions of humans that thwart his plan. He wants us to get into Heaven but to do so we have to resist the temptations he created, not use the free will he gave us, and resist the human nature he gave us. Then if we don’t do all of that for him he will punish us forever. Makes perfect sense.
The simpler answer is, there is no God. Its fairy tale. The reason that the God of these fairy tales is all-powerful and all-knowing now is only because we humans have become more powerful than the original fairy tales and the idea of God has to keep up. The modern day all-powerful God is a creation of humans in the modern world to keep pace with science, technology, and human understanding. The faithful need him to now be all-powerful because humans can split the atom, fly to the moon, and cure disease. The old fairy tales are completely inconsistent with an all-powerful being simply because they were made-up by primitive people with no understanding of the world around them. For those primitives the God of Genesis seemed all-powerful to them. In other words, that’s the best they could come up with at the time. As humans advanced the vision of God had to keep pace but it can’t. It just becomes more and more ridiculous.
Give it up. There is no God. There never was and there never will be.