Does God Ever Lie? [99 in :99]
It’s a safe bet that none of us have ever met a person who has never told a lie. After all, we’re people; it happens, even if we excuse it as a “white lie”. But does God ever lie, and if not, how do we know He is always telling the truth? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says.
Unlike human beings, the Bible makes it clear that God is always truthful. Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18 say that God cannot lie. In fact, it is impossible for God to lie! That’s how strong the language is.
This means that everything He says can be trusted because God guarantees the truth of everything He tells us because God represents things as they are. God doesn’t gloss over ugly details, and He doesn’t overemphasize the good ones.
So what does that mean for us? Well, as with so many aspects of God’s nature, this is one we are called to emulate. Humans are called to be honest, or to not bear false witness, at all times. And this call is rooted in the complete truthfulness of our Creator. Telling the truth is one of the ways we bear the image of God, whose Son is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).