XKCD : The Greatest God

While Randall Munroe’s giant posters have become the more popular format, for me the true genius of XKCD has always been its ability to break down a really complex concept into a single frame and few words. The latest comic exemplifies it –

A God who holds the record for eating the most skateboards is greater than the God who does not hold that record

The premise of an all powerful God rapidly spirals out of control. If God is all powerful, wouldn’t an incomprehensible God indifferent to humanity be greater than a petulant, jealous, vengeful one. Or even a merciful and just one, after all those qualities are just as human.

A God with violable rules and methods, emotions and enemies is not really all powerful. A truly all powerful God would just ‘be’, without a care for who disobeys him. In fact, a God who can be disobeyed must be lesser than a God who can never be defied. At which point there becomes no real distinction between God and the fabric of reality, the truly inescapable laws of physics and existence.

Alternatively, if God does have all those human qualities, then he cannot be all powerful. Then in a sense, isn’t God more like an advanced civilization/entity whose knowledge/technology seemed magical and supernatural to our primitive minds. In which case, isn’t it reasonable to wonder, if we humans could build a drill to pierce the heavens? (yes, you should watch Gurren Lagann)


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