December 08, 2007

Can God Lie?

I was presented with the following question on Yahoo! Answers the other day:
...Titus 1:2 says: "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;" If he's omnipotent, he can lie. If he can't lie, he's not omnipotent. This is a contradiction, so the bible is wrong. God cannot exist as described.
I think this is a valuable answer for us all to consider. How do we handle what seems to be a contradiction?

God is Truth. (The two most popular quotes to this end would be simply "I am" and "I am the way, the truth, and the life...", one from each Testament.)

If God is truth, then what God says is truth. It becomes true. (i.e. Genesis 1, "Let there be light" and so forth)

That sounds very much to me like being all-powerful - He speaks, and it is so. I don't believe these two ideas contradict but, in fact, support each otherTo say God cannot lie, is to say that He is all-powerful (omnipotent). God cannot lie simply because anything He says becomes true, because He is omnipotent

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