God is recorded in the bible as saying: “And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also; go forth and do so. Now therefore, behold the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these, thy prophets.” (1 Kings 22:20-23)
“God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie.” (2 Thess. 2:11)
Another universal principle comes to fore here; ‘the universal Goodness of God.’ This mantra is coming under fire here as God is getting painted in bad colours. Two situations arise. Either this is actually not the God that we know- The One worthy of Praise and worship; or this ascription isn’t true- i.e the Bible is false. As regards the forbidden fruit, God said: “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:17) But the serpent said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (3:4) Satan’s statement proved true, God’s statement proved untrue. So, according to the Bible, the first truth told to man was from the devil, and the first lie told to man was from God. This can’t be true. We apply the above inductive logic again. Nonetheless, we are led to the irrefutable conclusion that the one whom Christians worship, condole lies, especially if it is to spread the message.
Dean Milman, in his “History of Christianity” says: “It was admitted and avowed that to deceive into Christianity was so valuable a service as to hallow deceit itself.” Paul was do deceptive and would even boast of it. He says: “Being crafty, I caught you with guile.” (2 Cor. 12:16) “Unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews.” (1 Cor. 9:20) “I am made all things to all men.” (1 Cor. 9:22) “For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory, why yet am I also judged as a sinner?” (Rom. 3:7)
Dr. Lardner says: “Christians of all sorts were guilty of this fraud.”
Bishop Fell writes: “In the first ages of the church, so extensive was the license of forging, so credulous were the people in believing that the evidence of transactions was grievously obscured.”
M. Daille, one of the most distinguished of French Protestants, says: “For a good end they made no scruple to forge whole books.”
Dr. Gieseler says they “quieted their conscience respecting the forgery with the idea of their good intention.”
Dr. Priestley says they “thought it innocent and commendable to lie for the sake of truth.”
Scaliger says: “They distrusted the success of Christ’s kingdom without the aid of lying.”
Chapter 32 of the Twelfth Book of Eusebius’s Evangelical Preparation bears this significant title: “How far it may be proper to use falsehood as a medicine, and for the benefit of those who require to be deceived.” Bishop Heliodorus affirms that a “falsehood is a good thing when it aids the speaker and does no harm to the hearers.” Synesius, another early Christian bishop, writes: “The people are desirous of being deceived; we cannot act otherwise with them.” That is what most modern theologians think.
With Dr. Thomas Burnett, they believe that “Too much light is hurtful to weak eyes.” That the methods employed in establishing the church are still used in perpetuating its power, a glance at the so-called Christian literature of the day will suffice to show. Read the works of our sectarian publishers, examine the volumes that compose our Sunday-school libraries, peruse our religious papers and periodicals, and you will see that age has but confirmed this habit formed in infancy. Every church dogma is a lie; and based upon lies, the church depends upon fraud for its support. The work of its ministers is not to discover and promulgate truths, but to invent and disseminate falsehoods. In the words of Isaiah (as they claim), they well might say: “We have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.”
The church offers a premium on falsehood, and imposes a punishment for truthfulness. With a bribe in one hand and a club in the other, she has sought to prolong her sway. The allurements of the one and the fear of the other have filled the world with hypocrisy. In our halls of Congress, in the editorial sanctum, in the professor’s chair, behind the counter, in the workshop, at the fireside, everywhere, we find men professing to believe what they know to be false, or wearing the seal of silence on their lips, while rank imposture stalks abroad and truth is trampled in the mire before them.
Joseph Wheless (1930) wrote: “The forgery of pious documents of every imaginable character was among the most constant and zealous activities of the holy propagandists of the Christian Faith, from the beginning to the critical era when forgeries were no longer possible or profitable.”
Didn’t the Bible itself say: “Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail!” Jeremiah 16.19 and “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2.11
Celsus, one of the foremost thinkers of his age had attacked the lies of Christianity and he paid dearly for it. His entire book collection was destroyed by the Christian faithfuls. He had said in ‘On The True Doctrine’, c178 AD: “Clearly the Christians have used … myths … in fabricating the story of Jesus’ birth … It is clear to me that the writings of the Christians are a lie and that your fables are not well-enough constructed to conceal this monstrous fiction.”
St Jerome, c. 380 admits: “To refute the opposer … one argues as one pleases, saying one thing while one means another … Origen, Eusebius [et al] write at great length … Sometimes it is true, they are compelled to say not what they think but what is useful.” He also said: “It is usual for the sacred historian to conform himself to the generally accepted opinion of the masses in his time.” (P.L., XXVI, 98; XXIV, 855). Don’t we still see this playing out today when the Church bends its rules to conform with new and popular views? At another time, he concurred: “There is nothing so easy as by sheer volubility to deceive a common crowd or an uneducated congregation.” (Epistle to Nepotian, Lii, 8.) And I personally view this as the major predicament of the modern Christian.
And St Augustine acts out a script from a horror movie. He narrates to us: “I was already Bishop of Hippo, when I went into Ethiopia with some servants of Christ there to preach the Gospel. In this country we saw many men and women without heads, who had two great eyes in their breasts; and in countries still more southly, we saw people who had but one eye in their foreheads.” (Sermon 37; quoted in Taylor, Syntagma, 52; Diegesis, 271; Doane, Bible Myths, 437.)