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WHAT IF GOD...? Thought-Provoking Reflections About God (Michael Caputo)
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WHAT IF GOD WERE NOT TRUTH?
No sincere Christian doubts the truthfulness of God. All believing Christians know that, though humans may not be totally trusted, their Father in Heaven will never lie, and that His Word can be totally relied upon. God is truth; He delights in truth, and those who follow Him must be totally trustworthy like their Father in Heaven.
But what if God did not delight in truth but in falsehood? What if He were a deceitful being who takes pleasure in creating grand illusions so as to deceive human beings? What if His Word were, consequently, not true?
Needless to say, if this were the case, we humans would be in a most horrible predicament. Our lord and master could not be relied upon; his word would not be truth; his promises would be nothing more than cunningly crafted deceptions. If this god were to be the true god, our future would be framed with anxiety and uncertainty, as there would be no certain promise of an eternal future awaiting us, even if he assured us of it.
Christians base their faith not only on the fact that God is, and that He is love, but also on the fact that God is truth, and that His word, and promises are totally true. This is a critical pillar on which the doctrine of God is built—on which our faith rests.
But is there any way of knowing -- of being totally sure? The answer is entirely affirmative, and the evidence is plentiful and undeniable.
From the beginning through to the end, The Bible testifies to the fact that God is Truth. When God revealed Himself to Moses, He was introduced as “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6). In Deuteronomy, we are told that He is a “God of truth and without iniquity” (Deuteronomy 32: 4). Similarly, David recognized that the Great God is a “God of Truth” (Ps. 31:5), whose “word is right,” and whose “works are done in truth”(Psalms 33:4).
Like His Father, Jesus Christ was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Christ Himself put special emphasis on the fact that only truth would make us free (John 8:32), and that He was “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit is called “The Spirit of Truth,” who would guide Christians “into all truth”(John 16:13). We are also to be sanctified through truth, and have been blessed with a special gift from God: His Word, which is “Truth” (John 17:17).
God is a totally reliable, truthful Being. This becomes evident in His word, from the very beginning. He warned Adam and Eve that death would follow, if they would eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good end Evil -- and He kept His word. He also kept His word about the certainty of the Great Flood and about Noah and his family being spared. He promised Israel deliverance from the Egyptian bondage, and, at the appointed time, He brought Israel out Egypt with powerful signs. While in the desert, He promised that rebellious generation that they would not enter Canaan, and that the same fate would befall Moses--and so it was (Deuteronomy 34:5-6).
In Deuteronomy, God promised Israel blessings, if they obeyed His commandments, and curses if they transgressed them. Generation after generation of Israelites witnessed the fulfillment of His promises. Consistently, God blessed them greatly when they obeyed and consequenced them with great punishments when they transgressed.
God promised a Messiah who would come of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), from the line of David (Isaiah 11:1), to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), whose coming would be announced by a prophet in the wilderness (Isaiah 40:3), who would be “rejected of men” (Isaiah 53: 3), who was to bear “our griefs” and who would carry “our sorrows” (V. 5), who “would be brought like a lamb to the slaughter” (V. 7), and who would give his life as an “offering for sin” (V. 10), so as to bear the sins of many (V. 11).
Amazingly, the God of truth went a step further and declared the time of Messiah’s death (Daniel 9:25-27); He also foretold that Christ would be buried in a rich man’s tomb, and that He would rise out of his tomb before His body would experience decay (Psalm 16:10)-- and so it all was.
At all times, God has shown Himself to be totally reliable and trustworthy.
He has also shown Himself to be the antithesis of the father of lies, Satan, (John
8:44), who continually deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9).
Our faith, therefore, rests on a very strong and unbreakable pillar: The great God is truth; He is worthy of our total trust, and all his promises for this life, and for the one to come, can be totally relied upon.