Friday, 5 April 2013

Contradictions In The Bible 11 :

If God condemns all liars to the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8), how was it that He put a 
lying spirit in the mouths of the prophets of Ahab (1 Kings 22:23) or a deluding 
influence of men in the last days so that they believe what is false (2 Thess. 2:11)?

 The answer to this question is found in the verses preceding, that is, 2 Thessalonians
2:9-10, which speak of the coming of the "lawless one" (i.e., Antichrist) "with all power
and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who
perish, because they did not receive the love of truth so as to be saved" (NASB). In other
words, God turns over to the baneful influence of Satan, the Prince of Lies, those who
have of their own free will chosen not to listen to the truth but who by preference cleave
to error. God furnishes no guarantee that He will disabuse sinners of error if they really
prefer error to the truth. There is no reason why He should.

As for the prophets of Ahab who falsely predicted victory for him if he should attempt
the recapture of Ramoth-gilead from the Syrians, he fell into this same category. He did
not want to know the truth of God; he hated and opposed God's moral law wherever it
went counter to his own will. Therefore he could expect no guidance from God in the
matter of besieging Ramoth-gilead. Ahab'stime had run out. His confiscation of the
vineyard of Naboth on the basis of a trumped-up charge for which Naboth was stoned to
death was a crime for which he had to pay. Therefore the decision of God and His angels
in heavenly conference--as Micaiah plainly told Ahab in the presence of Jehoshaphat--
was to send a lying spirit to incline the whole pack of court prophets to give Ahab the
same encouragement to march into a battle that would cost him his life (1 Kings 22:18-

The faith in a lie that God permitted or even encouraged in each of these cases simply represented the outworking of the moral law. If men refuse the true God, they will have to make do with a false idol of their own devising. If they reject the truth, they must be content to feed on falsehood.

Gleason L Archer

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