Single Idea 9122

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 4. Divine Contradictions]

Full Idea

Theologians worry that God may be an alien being. God cannot feel pain since pain is endured against one's will. God is all powerful and suffers nothing against His Will. To understand pain, one must experience pain. So God's power walls him off from us.

Gist of Idea

God cannot experience unwanted pain, so God cannot understand human beings


Roy Sorensen (Vagueness and Contradiction [2001], 3.2)

Book Reference

Sorensen,Roy: 'Vagueness and Contradiction' [OUP 2004], p.61

A Reaction

I can't think of a good theological reply to this. God, and Jesus too (presumably), can only experience pain if they volunteer for it. It is inconceivable that they could be desperate for it to stop, but were unable to achieve that.