πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Who Would Think That God Could Lie?

“In hope of eternal life, which God,Β that cannot lie,promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2).

The story is told of a rather simple-minded factory worker who got called into his supervisor’s office for talking back to his foreman. His supervisor asked, “Did you call your foremanΒ a liar?”Β The man admitted that he had. “Did you call himΒ stupid?”Β He had to admit to that was true as well. “Did you call himΒ an opinionated, narcissistic egomaniac?”Β To this charge, the simple-minded man replied, “No, but could you write that one down so I can remember it?”

Of course, no one would ever accuseΒ GodΒ of lying–or would they? There must be a reason the Apostle Paul wrote to Titus about the hope of eternal life, “which God,Β that cannot lie,Β promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2). Why would Paul have to vouch for God’s integrity like that? SurelyΒ somebodyΒ was thinking that GodΒ couldΒ lie, or it wouldn’t have been necessary to affirm the opposite. And it isn’t likely that it was Titus.

But Titus was stationed on the island of Crete (Titus 1:5), and the Cretians to whom he ministered used to worship the Greek god Zeus, who is said to have been born in Crete. And according to Greek mythology, Zeus wasΒ alwaysΒ lying to his wife Hera to cover up the affairs he had with gods, nymphs and mortal women. So the Cretians needed reassurance that the God of the BibleΒ wasn’tΒ lying in promising them eternal life, an assurance that Paul was more than happy to give them in an epistle that became a part of God’s written Word.

By the way, did you ever wonder why the gods of the Greeks were such moral degenerates? Why would anyone invent gods who were guilty of lying, cheating, stealing, fornicating, and even killing? It was because ifΒ your godsΒ acted like that, it gaveΒ youΒ an excuse to act like that! The Greeks invented such gods to justifyΒ their ownΒ sinfulness! After all, the gods couldn’t righteously deny men entrance into heaven because of their sins if they themselves were just as morally depraved!

How different is the God of the Bible! The Bible doesn’t justify men by lowering God to their low level of wickedness. The Bible justifies menΒ by lifting them upΒ to God’s level!Β As the Lord Jesus Christ hung on Calvary’s cross, God made Him “to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be madeΒ the righteousness of God in Him”Β (II Corinthians 5:21). That means if you’ve trusted Christ as your savior,Β you have the very righteousness of God.Β God Himself is no more righteous than you are, for you have been “madeΒ the righteousness of God.” And that means God can’t righteously deny you entrance into heaven, for He has lifted you up to His own level of righteousness.

If that makes you feel eternally secure,Β say amen! source

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