From: John W Burgeson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 08 2003 - 12:03:53 EDT
Dave wrote: "This means that God deliberately mislead or, to phrase it
more bluntly, produced a lie to deceive the majority of human beings. If
he lied in this area, one what basis can I hold that he did not lie in
I have never been impressed with this argument. After all, it is pretty
clear that while no instance of God "telling a lie" is generally accepted
in scripture, at least some instances of him expressly telling someone
else to tell a partial truth with the intent to mislead exist. I refer to
what God told Moses to tell Pharaoh. He told Moses to tell Pharaoh only
that the tribe wished to go out to the desert "to worship," with the
clear implication that Pharaoh would not grasp the fact that the tribe
was planning a total escape.
I am not convinced that lying is always sinful. 99.44% of the time, yes.
But sometimes... .
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