Pat Miebutt asks, “Sage Mike, you’ve written that God One is omnipotent, but you’ve also said that He is fallible. Which is it? He can’t be both omnipotent and fallible, can He? Am I misunderstanding fallibility?”
Pat, Pat, Pat, you really should consider cracking open a dictionary every once in a while. It will do you a world of good. It’s not as much of a strain as you probably think it is. And it can prove to be a very valuable exercise, particularly for someone as ignorant as you appear to be.
Omnipotent and infallible are not synonymous. Omnipotent beings are capable of making mistakes. The main difference between omnipotent beings and us mortal wimps is that when an omnipotent being screws up the consequences are potentially far more catastrophic than anything we could possibly achieve, even in our wildest nightmares.
God One can accomplish absolutely anything He sets His divine mind to. The same holds true for all of the other Gods as well. That’s what being omnipotent means. But that doesn’t mean that He necessarily always sets his mind to the right things. He often makes cataclysmic gaffes. When his fallibility makes itself apparent it is fallibility writ large.
For example, consider the dinosaurs. They weren’t supposed to go extinct. God One made a minor arithmetical error in the calculation of the trajectory of an asteroid that He created and set in motion. BOOM! There were no more dinosaurs except those that, in His process of Created Evolution, He recreated as birds. God One never was very good at arithmetic.
Here’s another example. God One gave us intelligence because He thought that we’d use that intelligence to figure out how to get along with each other and live together in peace and harmony.
Human “Intelligence”: Proof of God One’s Fallibility
But the brains He gave us don’t seem to work that way. Instead, our “intelligence” is driving a whole lot of greedy, power-hungry, insensitive bastards who will stop at nothing to get their way, no matter who or how many people are hurt or killed in the process. As a result, we’re stuck with warmongers, terrorists, murderers, rapists, muggers, thieves, and amusement park line-jumpers. God One never was any good at neuroscience or the social sciences.
And if you’re looking for a more specific horrific social-misfit case in point, what about Hitler? Do you honestly think that God One meant for that to happen? No freaking way!
God One intended to create a soul that would serve as a warning against the dangers of unprotected sex. That was all he was His sole goal in that project. Unfortunately, the schematic He was following when he wired Hitler’s brain was wrong, big time. (Some Infinitian scholars say that He got the schematic from another God who was playing a practical joke on God One. Some Gods take practical jokes way too far.)
Instead of producing a newsworthy, but minor bully who lived in mortal fear of syphilis, we ended up with a homicidal, megalomaniacal xenophobe who hated Jews, Gypsies and homosexuals, to name but three groups. The results were the ruthless murders of six-million or so innocent people, a lot of brutally occupied territory, and an obscene amount of human and material resources expended on a World War that, had it not been for Hitler and his war, could have been spent much more productively producing reality shows for radio and, what was then fledgling, television broadcasts, all because God One mis-wired someone’s brain. God One never was any good at wiring things.
I could go on, but you could probably list as many of God One’s monumental mistakes as I can. Continents mounted on tectonic plates that move in ways that cause earthquakes; cells that grow out of control and cause cancer; and retail-store greeters that are, well, retail-store greeters are just three more of the more obvious of God One’s blunders, but the list is endless.
In short, God One is, to use the street vernacular, a major fuck-up. His fallibility is completely off the charts. Nevertheless, He is our Creator. What’s more, being omnipotent, he is capable of inflicting infinite punishment on our heads and other body parts if we don’t shower him with adoration. So we have to love Him. Or else!
Though they are unquestionably mistakes, someone with only a human’s limited powers could not have executed most of the screw-ups I listed above. Instead, they required an omnipotent nincompoop to blunder into them. So the evidence is clear that God One—or any God, for that matter—not only can be both omnipotent and imperfect at the same time, but He is exactly that.
What’s more, while God One may be a much more of a bumbler than the average God, He’s not the only fallible omnipotent being. All Gods make mistakes from time to time. They are, after all, only deities. They aren’t perfect.
P.S.: Pat, I recommend that you don’t repeat what I said above about God One’s fallibility. He’s rather touchy about that.
Because of the role we play in lending credibility to the Church and thereby boosting donations to it, God One gives Infinitian Sages considerable leeway to say what’s on our minds.
The same does not apply to laymen or laywomen unless they’ve donated at least $125-million to the Church. I searched our database to find everyone who has donated that much money. You are not one of them. Consequently, if you say something that upsets God One you are liable to have your nose unexpectedly picked by a lightning bolt of biblical proportions.
That’s going to be excruciatingly painful for the few seconds it takes you to die. That is unless, of course, He screws up His hurling of the lightning bolt and mistakenly hits someone else with it. In that case, you’re off the hook. God One doesn’t like to admit His mistakes so He won’t try again.