“Sometimes I introduce concepts I don’t understand just to make myself sound more infinite.” ~unknown
The word “infinite” is a quantifier. Quantifiers quantify qualities. Quantifiers can quantify a quality explicitly such as in the claim “the universe is 13.7 billion years old”, or can be implicit such as in “Phil is 55” (age is implied instead of IQ…hopefully)
But there is no semantic content in the following statements.
1. The car is quite.
2. My cat is very.
3. Your face is 732.
4. My God is infinite.
Your God is infinitely what? Unless you specify what quality is being quantified, you have said nothing.
Some more-aware Christians do attempt to attach “infinite” to a quality.
Here is one example.
Q: How can the 3-day death of Jesus be a substitute payment for the “deserved” eternal damnation of sinners?
A: Jesus was infinitely holy, so he could be resurrected.
(I’ve actually heard this several times.)
“Infinitely holy”? What can this possibly mean? Holiness is either perfect or imperfect. It’s like saying your lights are “infinitely on” or that your project is “infinitely finished” or that you’ve been “infinitely divorced” or that your house has been “infinitely built”. These phrases have no meaning.
It’s almost as if the term “infinite” is being invoked as a vague insulator to shut down the discussion. If you tell your boss you deserve a pay raise because you have “infinitely finished” your last project, he will likely justifiably laugh at your inability to understand the terms you use, or at your transparent attempt to make a rebuttal impossibly by introducing the logically impossible Escheresque term “infinitely finished”.
Saying some God is “infinitely holy” is either an egregious semantic blunder or an intentional attempt to block further discussion with impossible concepts.
Others have answered the question how the 3-day death of Jesus covers the “deserved” eternal damnation of sinners with the following.
A: God’s love for Jesus is infinite.
(I’ve also heard this on many occasions.)
This is logically incoherent. Love can only be complete, not infinite. Perhaps claiming the love of your God is a “perfect love” is logically coherent since it simply means it is not deficient in any way, but claiming the love of your God is “infinite” is logically absurd. Along what dimension can love extend to be assessed quantitatively?
Yet the term “infinite” is constantly invoked by theists when they find their theology backed into a logical corner.
This blunder (or intentional mendacity) does reflect well on their claims to possess the truth.