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BULLETIN ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE
It is man who has made the mischief, not God.
Indeed, it is precisely because God is the truth, the absolute Being which is logically necessary for anything to BE ('nothing' is so continually unproductive, since it not even there for potential or actuality alike, and is the only alternative, other than begging the question), and available (on His terms), that there can be and is any truth, or any ultimately verifiable truth. On the atheist model, it is not there; and you cannot have what is not there to take, like an ice-cream in the desert. It is mere mind-wandering to think so. Contradicting the truth (in active operation, lying) in God, would be contradicting Himself, preferring to bring to light what is contrary to fact, and thus showing His own inadequacy and need for support outside Himself.
That is the mark of what is not God. Such a Being is not-God, being a mere participant in a system, limiting and limited. The use of such a term of such a Being would be a hot steam of words only, vacuous gas.
As written in Titus 1, God cannot lie. That is another way of putting it. It would be like calling a passion-fruit a fountain pen to attribute to God the horrendous human failing of lying, often systematically and callously carried out.
To create a system allowing free beings this power, and telling them no instructions about their purpose and point, or even requirements, would be to create with brilliance the whole trillion-unit biological thing called human life, the mental capacity called mind and the imaginative and willing abilities called spirit: null and dysfunctional on arrival. It would be like a 'teen-ager in anguish, blowing up a bomb in a garage, under provocation, confusion and despair.
To imagine such a thing, is merely an exercise in futility. It is self-contradictory, like being rich and poor in the same respect at the same time. Hence there is - for such a polluted and polluting word as this (generation by generation, and that cumulatively); it entails a certainty that there is truly divine speech directed to us. It is a matter of finding it and verifying its quality. This is presented in briefly in Redemption or Revolt Ch. 2, *4, as in various other places on this site. The first named has something lie this.
Consider and marvel. If you are dissatisfied with this fallen race, do not blame God. He HAS spoken AND acted, and done so entirely self-sacrificially, and being omnipotent, effectually. He has done this in providing free redemption for man.
God as the Bible indicates, CANNOT lie. The term 'God' would then be self-contradictory. It would mean His denying what He freely did, and thence having dissatisfaction with it, and looking for something different. That would be a dependency on other things, the mark of a participant in a system. It is precisely in the creation of systems and all order and rationality that God Almighty, as shown in SMR, has accomplished His feats. Not least of these among the world of mankind, He has told the truth.
To the supernatural God, author of man and of nature, this is natural. God does not lie but He HAS spoken, and that in order to be understood and to achieve this, that the junction of freedom with decision should not by deficiency, by vacuity for man, become a fixture of folly. He did not create man in order to display a defective dysfunctionality, dynamically ignorant of reality, discerning His presence but ignorant of how to approach. He has told us for so long so often and in so many ways: for the supernatural God, telling the truth is natural, and here it is. He even challenges us to face the facts (cf. Isaiah 48). But increasingly obviously, mankind instead seeks heedless happenstance for his hymn, obliteration for his opportunity, for his beginning and end preferring dabbling in the dark, despite the divine importunity.
The ultimate and supreme has need of nothing, for nothing is what could contain or direct or limit Him: in other words, there is definitionally, nothing there to do it. Nothing has the negative property of non-existence, and hence non-function. Whatever is recklessly ascribed to it, quite simply, It cannot be done. But with God, eternity is the antidote to there ever being any situation in which nothing is all and all is nothing. There is no other option, but the Eternal God, nor possibility that He would lie into self-contradiction, nor that His speech would not complement the structure of man and the function of liberty, and that including available remedy for defect, deficiency, inadequacy, incompleteness.
God did far otherwise than manufacture such an abortion. Providing to mankind the ability NOT to love, but instead at will to hate, to reject, to rebel, He also endowed them with the ability and even agility to love. These are correlatives. Then when this love was trivialised by mankind, through Adam and Eve, the solution which He provided came at once. The news of the solution to this beginning of evils for man (Genesis 3:15) was spoken from the first, and duly in the laboratory of history, the Lord carried out the prescription. You don't have to take it; but it is there. The disease of dissidence from the Director and Creator of life may be left alone, and it has all the world to help it thrive! But the truth remains. It does not wander, waver or fail. Truth may be rejected, but there is none to rescind it. Over the millenia therefore this Gospel of God does not alter, nor does the name of the appointed Saviour change, Jesus Christ.
It is this marvellous speech to His creation, mankind, this action, this personalised redemption, which He also called into being, and worked into history culminating in the Cross (cf. Galatians 6:14). It is this rather than a self-contradictory, systematically clashing, deficiency-creating God, compelled from inner constraint to get (and hence to will, since He is Almighty) a clash with His own sufficiency through a strangulated, inadequately produced, insufficiently informed, brilliantly constructed creation: one horribly defective in direction.
To want such a thing as that, such a guideless calamity, would be a signal of dependence on His creation for His satisfaction, which is a signal of NOT-GOD, to use the term used by Moses in Deuteronomy 32. In other words, such callow self-contradiction as a wandering, lying, frustrated, ignorant race with power to invent, put forward as if this were the divine creation, is a contradiction in terms. What God is and has would thus be invented in contravention of Himself (cf. Sparkling Life Ch. 4 ). Indeed, to make a race lacking what they need for peaceable and fitting operation according to initial specifications, and to then deny to them that very need, when it is readily in your hand to do it, would induce a condition of warring desires: theirs and that of their Maker. There would be a resemblance in part to those systematically and wilfully plagued, with no way for redress; for ultimately, this would constitute a special condition. Which is that ? It is that of contrariety, contradiction and mutual impact.
To create war on Himself, for the Creator, would signify dissatisfaction with His peace, hence inadequacy, hence limitation within a system, and hence again that the Being in view would not and could not be God.
Indeed, It is man, not God who has sought, rebellious and irrational, to rely on such a mental confusion. It is God rather than man, who has the solution of the fallen creation (cf. Romans 5, 8); it is man who may throw it away. In His foreknowledge and predestination God has ensured there will be no error in the eternal results (cf. Bulletin 152). For Chapter 2, the context, here is the link.
There is no possibility of a speechless God who made speech and would be self-contradictory if He did not speak it into a world which He made and sustains in being, while it lies in profusion and finds increasingly, the truth about itself to be offensive, and worthy of death in many places, slander in others, condemnation in media, rejection by hypnotised academics, and mutilation with its pre-occupation with what the Bible calls "the lie" in shameless educational programs in this area (cf. That Great Rock. Ch. 8, and Lead Us Not into Educational Temptation). Bringing rebellious muddle to those not yet inundated with all the anti-truth and truth-trivialisation in which this world indulges, and this at times with a relish like that of a dog rushing into the ocean for a swim, is like having a golden spittoon, an arsenical aspro or a mallet for handling china. What a fate for youth! but even here in Australia, it has been substantially operative for decades.
But certainly God is not and cannot be so. The word must have been spoken. The Bible is without competitor in testability, reliability, power to make its words happen, giving warnings thousands of years before fulfilment, focus on the remedy from the hand of the Lord, gift of the same, and distancing in every way from the paths of disruption, disorder, malignancy towards life. Nothing else has the power to perform in this way, nor does it evidence itself, nor do emotions substitute for performance, nor does the God-given power to love or hate, to choose or reject, ultimately alter God. It means instead that one may be uplifted from sin-driven, rebellion impassioned condition of heart, freely and functionally by the mankind-loving God and so escape the curse which foils a defiled creation.
The Gospel is the final divine answer to the need of mankind, for grace to banish sin, where power and divine provision join forces, and this with a capacity to which there is no answer (cf. Psalm 84).
If however man says No!, that is the ultimate answer to the ultimate need, and the indic tment of sinners in those cases, remains operational, in a world increasingly unfit to continue (cf. Matthew 24:22).
Other files are available in this site touching on these aspects, and the certainty of speech from God (including the verificatory step of finding where these words from God are to be found in some location or situation in this world which for communication would distinguish themselves (cf. Isaiah 34:16). This need is already met that distinguish the Bible from all else: with criteria such as reportedly being the world's most sold book, one inviting scrutiny and challenging attack, as in Isaiah 41, 48, while avoiding refutation by all means, even when irrational fictions are rampantly used against it. Moreover, one finds on decades of inspection, that it resolves, if its principles are followed, that it has rational answer to every problem that philosopher can ask or hatred hurl. There is nothing else at all like that.
While SMR is the original post-doctoral work in this site, the presentation in these intimately-connected spheres over the 243 volumes is intentionally multiple and with Christ Himself, a central matter.
Speech ? Why our very DNA is a type of speech, communication telling comprehendingly responsive servants in the body, just how to build one. We have so much speech even IN US, that given its repetition in nucleated cells, we are virtually a walking library, housing trillions of items and their interconnections. They direct; they inter-connect, they are part of an integrality, fashioned into a person with equipment. Mankind - physically, words make him and he makes words. There is no lack of communication: and God did indeed speak man into existence. We now see the words for it.
In this, we who are Christians believing the word of God have a companion in the Bible, and with that, a fellowship with the Lord. So far from anything being missing, HE is found by Christian believers, according to His word, to be present.
Seeing all different facets of it has a collective harmony and confirmation so great that it becomes incapable of arrest. Like the day when opening the eyes at first, it ushers one into a whole world of connections, corrections and comprehensibility, which does not stop at words, but in this divine case, includes the works as well (cf. John 14:11).
As to other files on the particular topic of this present Bulletin, God's speaking to man, see:
SMR pp. 92ff. - Simplified Schema, pp. 590ff., No. 27,
Lord of Life Ch. 6,
Sparkling Life Ch. 4,
Jesus Christ, Defaced, Unfazed Ch.4,
SMR Ch. 1 as marked, at God is non-lying,
Repent or Perish Ch. 2.