The Naked Theologian Asks What Is Zeno's Paradox kiwiconnexion theology

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this week the naked theologian asks have you ever heard of Zeno Enders paradox if you like philosophy chances are you know about it but it's really useful for theology as well in fact it's the silly sort of puzzle that gets everyone thinking Xena was one of those Greek philosophers from antiquity it's a guess but he lived for 92 maybe 430 BC and as paradoxes lived on rolling down the centuries basically he dreamt up an imaginary race between the legendary warrior Achilles in a slow Wiley ancient tortoise let's say Achilles runs at 10 k's an hour and the tortoise at 5 k's an hour it's obvious that even with a really big head start for the tortoise sooner or later our Kelly's will overtake cruising to victory not so obvious Sid Zeno in fact our Kelly's will never ever win oh you could hear the people groan thinking that philosophers lost as marbles prove your case Zeno your man thought for a moment and said well let's be kind and give the tortoise a 10k head start after one hour achilles will have run that tin case and caught up to where the tortoise was but not caught up to where the tortoise now is taught us move slowly forward and then the hour will have covered a new five kilometers by the time our Kelly catches up that 5k taught us will have moved on again and each time achilles catches up to where the tortoise was tortoise will have moved on to where he now is Achilles will get closer and closer that can never catch up well that got the tongues wagging and the eyeballs rolling to heaven other philosophers couldn't falters logic but thought the conclusion absurd obviously it defied Commons but each step of the argument was true Hince it became known as a paradox and lives on even today just google it the real reason they couldn't solve the paradox was that the Greeks couldn't cope with the concepts of zero and infinity they thought that the race would last forever and never be resolved they didn't have the mathematics to see that if the race did last forever actually Achilles would catch up because at infinity the distance between the two of them would be 00 the accursed zero the number the greek mine didn't cope with without zero the paradox remains but with zero the paradox resolves Zeno's paradoxes like many theological paradoxes and conundrums we do things with language about God which set up impossible conditions many of these paradoxes do resolve when we realize that we've left out or ignored other essential concepts the most basic and ignored concept is this where is the image of God to be found what's your answer you

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  1. Furthermore, I see the inability of man to sufficiently accomplish The Law in the Old Testament as a symbol of this inability of man in and of himself to define things according to himself. Even though the Law (intellect and the definition of rules and systems of thought) exists in man, it is always imperfect, and it can never be fully realized in man, since there exists an infinite number of subsets of each definite rule, and man by definition is finite in both his ability and his mortality. You can see this happening in the OT as the Law goes from one commandment in the garden, to ten commandments with Moses, to over 600 commandments by the time Moses dies. If the enacting of more and more laws by God had continued indefinitely, there would probably be hundreds of thousands or even millions and billions of laws by now, each one as crucial to achieve as the one before it. Since all laws were formulated as a response to the breaking of the very first commandment in the Garden, all laws were therein impossible to achieve, since they had all been subsets and stand-ins of the very first law, and thus even when Moses gave the ten commandments to the people at Mount Sinai, it was already a cursed way. It's a catch 22. It's Zeno's paradox. You must go a mile, but you can't even begin to go a mile because you cannot even begin to go even the slightest distance.

    Yet you ARE doing that. Faith in the Word of God was counted as righteousness even back in the day of the Law, and it was not the most law-abiding who were counted as righteous, but the most faithful. So, if we, in this day and age of rules and laws which are mind-bogglingly complex that it takes hundreds of universities full of specialized professors in a myriad of fields of specific study just to understand even slightly, how are we as simple-minded idiots supposed to know what is real or true or anything whatsoever? By faith in God's Word. Since Jesus Christ is the Word of God, and since in Him the Law is fulfilled, to not believe in Christ as Lord is to be condemned with the impossible task of fulfilling the entirety of the Law, not only as Moses defined it, but as humanity as a whole has continually re-defined and complicated it so that the laws to be accomplished can never be known or accomplished even if given all eternity. The greatest condemnation, and one which is the most torturous, is that since the obligation to the law includes infinite subsets of each known law, nothing will ever be accomplished in the slightest. Since we are judged by our deeds, and since our deeds can never even be accomplished slightly because to do them even in the slightest requires, by law, an infinite number of deeds to merely achieve just one deed, our punishment is equally as infinite and neverending as our crime.

    Yet that is the fate of all who disobey the Word of God, and it is a tragedy, since God has not given us a great burden in His Word, but has said that all who believe on His Name shall be saved, and counted as righteousness. His Name is Jesus Christ.

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  2. My answer is that, since we cannot see God, but since we CAN see the world in which we live, the image of God is found within us in the fact that, despite the mathematical absurdity of finite things, since every number can be split infinitely, and since we can never actually get to zero without defining the infinite and indefinable space between zero and one, we can still indeed DEFINE things. That's what a name is, a definition of something… and if you remember Genesis, the one job God gave Adam and Eve before the fall was to NAME the animals.

    Without God, there exists only two options: either nothing exists, or an infinite set of things exist, yet an infinite set of things can never be defined, and therefore no thing could ever exist. So there is only one option, since indeed things do exist, and we exist to perceive them: God exists. God gives definition to things, and the image of God gives us the ability to define things. The ability to define things is a metaphysical prerequisite to all human endeavor, most especially science. This ability to define things exists at odds with all logical/mathematical reasoning, and therefore conscious awareness itself is an artifact of God, since God makes all impossible/absurd things possible, and indeed what we are dealing with when observing the universe is that we are experiencing a logical/mathematical impossibility. Literally, the universe itself is a miracle, only possible, and only comprehensible, through the Will if God.

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