Excerpt from my newly released book Collision Course.
Truth vs. Lies
When we explore the character of the God of the Holy Bible. “God presents Himself as a transcendent God; He is also immanent, seeking fellowship with man. . . . He creates man in His own image . . . speaks with man . . . creates an environment especially for man . . . tests man’s loyalty . . . He seeks man.” 1 Almost all major doctrines of faith are based on the doctrine of God. So what or who is God?
Ontologically and metaphysically if God exists, the God of all Creation, then necessarily he must be an infinite, perfect, simple God. The ontological argument, while not sufficient to prove God exists, can establish things about God’s nature useful to our discussion.
God is a metaphysically necessary Being. He cannot exist conditionally—He has no possibility not to exist. God cannot, not exist! It follows then God must be an Uncaused Being and therefore infinite. Metaphysically there can only be one infinite and an infinite being can have no beginning or no ending, no composition, and no parts. He must be a simple being. All creation exists within Him, thus there is simply no room for a second infinite. A transcendent God is not a quantifiable Being, that is, he is immeasurable.
If the universe had a beginning, then the universe had to have had a Cause. 2 We know the universe began because it exists; therefore the universe had to have a cause. If the universe has a cause, it had to have a Caus-er. But this Caus-er is himself an Uncaused, Transcendent, Perfect Being. 3
In Christian theology this “Causer,” is called God. He has reign over all of creation, but primarily the true God of the Bible is concerned with a relationship with man; with you and with me. He is concerned about our relationship with Him, now in time, and with an eternal relationship in the Eternal Kingdom.
The god of Islam
This is in absolute contrast to the god of Islam which “is totally tied to territorial expansion – the spread of Islamic law [sharia] ‘God’s law’ over God’s land and over the people inhabiting that land who are forced to submit to Islam in a purely material way. Islam is concerned only with the bodies, not the souls of human beings.” 4 And, I might add, making those bodies conform slavishly and legalistically to Allah’s will as spelled out in Islamic dogma and sharia law.
Islam actually denies the true spiritual and relational aspects of God, instead embracing a spiritual-ism honoring only doctrinal subservience to the collective. Islam is the collective. In truth Islam itself is the god. The supernatural is dismissed. Morality is what Islam’s doctrinal texts assert it to be, even though they may run totally contrary; not only moral law, but to conventional, societal tenets of right and wrong and common decency.
In other words, how right or how wrong something is, is set-forth by Islamic law. That the summum bonum (highest good) is found in the unity of happiness and duty and should be pursued is not a concept that exists within Islamic theology or thought.
It is the case that if Muhammad didn’t exist, at least as characterized by Muslim canon, then what he said about the Qurán and its divine message and delivery to him is also mythical. It follows that what he claimed about Allah, Islam’s god, is meaningless. As Voltaire expressed, “God made man in his own image, and man has returned the compliment.”
Christianity’s foundational belief is coming to God by faith alone, in Christ alone; the doctrine of Divine Atonement. Jesus (God) came to earth and dwelt with man (the incarnation). Jesus’ (God) love was so great He died to reconcile us to Himself (propitiation) and Jesus rose to bring us home to live with Him (glorification). Additionally, He is a personal God that can be known.
For most people in the world morality means submitting to a universally accepted moral standard. For the follower of Christ that moral standard is God and God’s Word. In a rationale assessment alongside Judeo-Christian thought, morality is not only non-existent in Islam, it is irrelevant. Bynum characterizes Islam’s moral absence void well:
Islam’s sacralization of the profane and mundane, its failure to separate the material from the spiritual coupled with its failure to recognize progressive levers of morality and spiritual attainment, will forever condemn Muslims to lives of mental confusion and moral stagnation, while condemning their societies to barbarism. 5
Thus we observe that the Muslim cannot believe in real right or wrong he can only believe in Allah, in Muhammad; in Islam. When Muslims are confronted, even with the truth of their own dogma they scream “Not fair, Islamophobia!”
The trilogy of Islamic texts give the Muslim the right to kill and torture any non-Muslim, rape and kill his wife and daughters, and burn his home. That same man will proclaim loudly that I have wronged him for writing that truth—indeed I must be an Islamaphobe. That, however, is not morality. If there is a moral law—a right and wrong—there must be a Moral-Lawgiver. And he himself must be morally righteous.
If this is so—if the God of the Bible exists, then He is a God of simplicity and perfection. That is to say He is a God with no parts, no divisions; a God of unity. This is in fact true even though the God of Christianity is a triune God, but he is not three gods. This is a concept the Muslim mind does not grasp—does not even try to apprehend or comprehend. For Muslims the only recognized “fairness” is complete compliance to the Qurán, Sira, and Sunna and the only law they recognize is sharia.
God’s truthfulness is not only a necessary condition, but a sufficient condition that proceeds from and is foundational, to God’s nature; His simplicity, immutability (unchangeability), perfection, and His infinity. God is unequivocally and unconditionally a God of truth. It must follow that the Holy Bible, God’s Word is, not only true, but it cannot change. Nor can the Bible be “abrogated.” Tozer wrote, “because God’s nature is infinite, everything that flows out of it is infinite also,” [i] including His truthfulness.
Can God tell a lie that is not a lie? The answer is no. Conversely the devil is explicitly called the “father of lies” (John 8: 44 ).
God also cannot do that which is illogical, that is, that which is logically impossible. Consequently God cannot make square circles or two-sided triangles, nor can He create a rock so big He can’t lift it—these are category mistakes—nonsensical propositions.
Since the Holy Bible claims to be God’s True Revelation, it therefore must be consistent throughout. There are no abrogations or changes of mind found in the Holy Bible.
Is that true? What about when Jeremiah said “Now therefore amend your ways and your deeds and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will change His mind about the misfortune which He has pronounced against you.”? However Jeremiah is using the term in a figurative sense.
If we look in 1 Samuel 15:29 we read, “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”
In Psalm 110:4 God says, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’” and God declared to the prophet Malachi, “For I the Lord do not change . . .” (v. 6a).
The ninth commandment which Moses brought down from Mount Sinai tells us, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” In fact both the Old Testament and New Testament constantly hold the truth up, as not just a model, but as an unalterable imperative for godliness. It is not merely that God does not lie; God cannot lie. I have listed a few, of the many Scriptures supporting this fact:
- Numbers 23:19 – God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
- Psalm 119:142 – Your [God’s] law is true.
- 119:160 – The sum of Your word is truth
- Isaiah 45:19 – I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.
- John 17:17 – Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth (NASB).
- Hebrews 6:18 – the unchangeable character of His purpose . . . it is impossible for God to lie.
1 John 2:21 , 22 – . . . no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
It must be noted that this last verse particularly flies in the face of Islam which does deny that Jesus is the Messiah and denies God the Father (Matt. 10:33 ; Luke 12:9 ).
An Impossible God
For Muslims, lying is accepted, even encouraged. In the Arabic the word for this is taqiyya or kithman. The literal translation for taqiyya means to conceal or guard. Kithman is a lie by omission.
In fact the Qurán encourages Muslims to lie. Some examples follow:
- Sura 66:002: “Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the dissolution of your oaths (in some cases): and Allah is your Protector, and He is Full of Knowledge and Wisdom.”
- Sura 2:225: “Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.”
- Sura 3:054 “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.”
I find this last sura particularly intriguing. A definition for a schemer is, “one who concocts a secret and cunning plan, especially one designed to cause damage or harm.” Some synonyms for “schemer” are plotter, conspirator, or traitor.
So we can see that this certainly does not align with the God of the Bible. How can one trust a god that lies or worse is the best of schemers? He would certainly be an arbitrary and capricious god, which is what the god of the Muslim is.
In reality a god like this would be an ontological and metaphysical myth. Necessarily it follows that he cannot be a perfect god because a god that lies or is arbitrary is a god that changes. A being that is “perfect” and changes can only become less perfect. Thus he is not infinite, simple, omnipresent, all powerful, etc. In fact a being like Allah, the god Muslims deify, cannot exist as god.
As a God of Perfection, necessarily the God of the Holy Bible is the God of truth. This is pivotal to biblical veracity or actually, to any valid assertion. Without absolute truth nothing can be known; nothing can be learned. This is true for the secular, as well as the sacred.