I have seen Cav's proof, and Cav himself said that it didn't prove that
God didn't exist. The proof attempted to refute God being omnipotent
and omniscient simultaneously using the example of a random event. Cav
even told you that, Paul. His proof doesn't hold water. He said that
if God is all-powerful, then He can create a random event. He then said
that if God is all-knowing, then He knows of the event and therefore it
is not random. Cav therefore concluded that God cannot create a random
event and therefore God is either not omniscient, not omnipotent, or not
omniscient nor omnipotent. Cav was trying to refute certain
characteristics of God. No one can prove that God doesn't exist. Here
is why Cav's proof doesn't hold water. It sounds very logical, and on
the surface looks convincing, but I looked at it and found problems with
it. First, random is a human term and definition. If an event is
unknown to a person, it is random to that person. Of course an event is
not random to God, but it is random to us and therefore satisfies the
definition of random as defined by humans. That is the first problem.
Cav tried to restrict God to a human definition--randomness.
Restricting God like this is like trying to apply the solution set of
12x + 40y + 7z = 777 to 12x + 3243y + 5437z + 4u + 6t + 347r + .....for
infinity ...... Restricting God to a human concept of randomness is
worse than trying to restrict an infinite polynomial's solution set to
a finite polynomial's subset. It is almost foolish for me to even use
polynomials as an analogy for this. It won't work. Second, the next
problem is that Cav was trying to use an imperfect system to evaluate a
perfect being. Yes, math is imperfect. There are holes in math. One
is extraneous roots. Another is even more fundamental than that:
What is 9 * 1/9?
Sometimes it is 1. 1 = 1.00000000 repeating.
1/9 = .11111111111111 repeating.
Now what is 9 * 1/9?
Now it is .999999999999999 repeating.
Now while .9999999999999999 repeating is as close to 1.0000
repeating one can get, the two are not equal. To make
.9999999999... equal to 1.00000..... one would have to go to
the infinitity-minus-first place after the decimal with zeroes,
put a 1 in the infinitieth place and add it to .9999999999...
to get 1.00000000000000000000...
BUT this is impossible! Yet, still, .999999999999... can't
quite reach 1.00000000000... They are not _exactly_ the same.
What is 3 * 1/3?
It is either 1.0000000000... or .999999999...
3 * .3333333333... = .9999999999...
3/3 = 1.00000000.... (Sometimes)
Same problem.
What is 6 * 1/6?
It is either 1.000000000... or .999999999...(6 in the infinitieth
place). Does .9999999999999...6 (in the impossible infiniteth
place) equal .9999999999999...9 (in the impossible infinitieth
place)? Well, if six and nine don't equal, then one can assume
these aren't equal, but at the same time, it is imPossible to
evaluate 6/6 equalling 3/3, 7/7, 9/9, or 11/11 in this way.
1.0... <> .9... Same problem.
What is 7 * 1/7?
It is either 1.000000000... or .9999999999...
7 * .142857142857... = .9999999999999...
7/7 = 1.00000000000000.... (Sometimes)
Same Problem.
What is 11 * 1/11? Same Problem.
et cetera.
Restricting God to a human definition and trying to evaluate Perfection
with imperfection is foolish and it makes the proof invalid. The proof
looks logical at first glance as many deceptions do, but it won't work
....it doesn't work.
"There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the
Lord." --Proverbs 21:30
Beacon Deacon