True Lies

The following Bible passages all share something in common.  Can you tell what it is?

1) John 1:45: Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph.”

2) Job 1:21: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

3) Mark 14:29: Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.”

4) Genesis 3:4: Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”

By now you’ve probably figured it out. Each statement is a true lie!  It is true that the words were spoken and recorded faithfully, but the quotes themselves are lies.

In the first case, Jesus was NOT Joseph’s Son. He was born of God and Mary. He was rightfully called the Son of God because Joseph wasn’t His father.

In the second case, it is obvious that Satan, not God, was the source of Job’s troubles. The truth is that the Lord gives and the devil takes away – and fortunately for us, we have authority over the devil under the New Covenant that Job did not have back when he lived.

In the third case, Peter denied Jesus three times in one night.

In the fourth case, Adam and Eve DID die as soon as they partook of the forbidden fruit. (They did not die physically; they died spiritually. Ever since then, mankind has been spiritually dead, and the only remedy is to be “born again” by receiving Jesus.  The person who receives Jesus becomes spiritually alive. You can’t be “sort of” a Christian any more than you can be “sort of” male or female.  It’s a binary proposition – either a 1 or a 0.  Either you are or you aren’t.  Either Jesus lives in you or He doesn’t.)

For too long Christians have not made the distinction between a false statement that was truly recorded and a true statement. For this reason, Job 1:21 gets quoted at funerals, giving the mourners a new reason to avoid God completely – because He is supposedly a ripoff artist like the devil! The preacher usually utters something about how God “took” the person, which is another lie. God does not “take” Christians; He receives them when they die. God is not the author of death. He couldn’t be when death is declared to be an enemy – indeed the last enemy to be destroyed.