I’m about to play the what-if game. If you feel that this game might breed doubt in your mind to the detriment of your faith, you should probably click away. I’ll give you a moment.
You’re still here. I assume, then, that you want to go on this journey with me.
We believe as Christians that God is not capable of lying. After all, Scripture tells us that Jesus is the truth (along with the way and the life).
But how can we ascertain whether this statement itself is true? Are we really able to know whether God cannot lie?
We can (maybe) determine whether God tells the truth about the things that we know. But what about the things we don’t know, or aren’t capable of knowing? Things about what happens after this life? The fine-tuned details of the moral code? The purpose, function, and contagious-ness of yawns?
Perhaps we can look at God’s faithfulness to us in small things, his truthfulness in our lives, his loving arms. Maybe we can use that to justify believing that he tells the truth and is faithful in all things.
A little child places this sort of trust into a parent who wipes away his tears. A father who kisses her boo-boos. They trust implicitly in their parents. And yet parents are not always truthful. Santa drives a sleigh with eight reindeer to the good girls and boys all over the world in a single night, the angels bowling is what makes thunder, babies come from the stork, and your fish went to the hospital in the toilet.
What exactly am I saying? I’m saying that we don’t actually know that God cannot lie. We don’t know what we don’t know. We don’t know that heaven exists for sure. If heaven does exist, we don’t actually know that it really is eternal. We don’t really know that God won’t change his mind at some point and send those in heaven to hell. We don’t know if God really is all powerful. We don’t know if God, specifically the being we call God, is the first mover. He could after all, be a creation of the uncaused cause.
I don’t think we realize just how tremendous is the amount of faith that we must put into Christianity. I posit that absolutely every teaching, no matter how reasonable, must still be absolutely taken on a faith so incredible it could actually move a mountain. Whether it’s a teaching on the Sacraments, on heaven, on morality, or the divinity of Christ, no amount of faith is a small leap. Our faith must carry us across an un-crossable chasm.
So the question is, do you have this faith? Do I have this faith?