“Can God Lie?”
Many people will often respond by saying, “God cannot lie.”
That answer is wrong because it is an insult both to God’s Power and
more importantly it is an insult to God’s love.
What these people are intending to affirm is true. God never lies and it
would be a contradiction of God’s perfect nature and the essence of
Goodness and Love for Him to lie. The mistake however is that the above
answer is based on the assumption that mankind’s relationship to his
nature is similar to the God’s relationship with His Nature. As man we
are restricted by the nature that was given to us when we were conceived
in our mother’s womb. It determines and defines our abilities and our
limits. But God is unlike us and unique.
“For with God nothing will be
God is not Good and Loving because His Nature forces Him to be so. From
all eternity God chooses for His nature to be Being Itself and to be
infinitely consistent, good and holy. There is no outside force, fact,
or quality that requires for Him to be this or that. God is
all-powerful. He has no limits. There is no outside being or fact can
force Him to be non-contradictory, loving or true.
There are several proofs that God chooses his Nature from all eternity
to be as it is.
God is Love. And for love to be true love it must be freely given.
Therefore, God freely chooses to be loving, good and honest. These are
not qualities that are forced upon Him by His Nature. If we say that God
is honest, good or loving because He has no other choice in the matter
then we would be insulting His Goodness and His Love. It would not be
true love if it was not freely chosen. Therefore, He freely choses to be
who He Is, True Love.
A God who freely chooses to Love is greater than a God who is loving only
because He has no other choice. God is greater than we can imagine.
Therefore, God has to be the better of two opposites. Therefore, God freely chooses for his Nature to be Love.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing
of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever
he does, that the Son does likewise.’”
At the temptation in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus freely chooses to
continue his path of Goodness. Jesus feely chooses to conform His will
to that of the Father. Jesus only does what he sees the Father doing.
Therefore, the Father must also freely choose to be Love.
If God is constricted in some way by His Nature, then His Nature is
greater than He is. God has complete free will. Therefore, God freely
chooses His Nature to be as it is from all eternity.
So, the correct answer to the question,
“Can God Lie ?” is …
God is all-powerful. He chooses to always be truthful and never lie
because He chooses from all eternity for his Nature to be Being itself,
to be Love, and to be non-contradictory.
See another article about Islam which claims their god does lie because
“he is so powerful” that his nature allows for self-contradiction.
“Can God Contradict Himself?”