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q&a: Is God a liar?

Q: Alicia, if God is real, then why does the Bible say one thing about who He is, yet my life depict another? (Ex. His Word says He's my protector, yet I haven't seen that....) So, is He a liar?

Note: A heartfelt Thank You to all who responded to last blog/survey, i.e., "if Jesus were in the boat sleeping...would you wake him up?". Your responses were very insightful and I hope to offer a few thoughts in the weeks to come.

Until then, I thought I'd share this unedited question-answer exchange with a brilliant twenty-something.

A: I see in this question the evidence of pain. Pain—emotional or physical—is exhausting and it reduces truth to bare bones. But bones are held together by flesh and blood which frankly makes it a rather messy affair.

Yes, God is our Protector as he was Jesus’ protector. And as Jesus’ protector he allowed Jesus to be misunderstood, slandered, falsely accused, rejected, beaten, mocked, and murdered.

Yes, God was Joseph’s protector. And as Joseph’s protector he allowed Joseph to be rejected, sold as a slave, imprisoned, accused of adultery, torn from his home.

Yes, God was John the Baptist’s protector and he allowed John to be imprisoned and beheaded.

Yes, he was David’s protector and he did not violate David’s free will to stop him from committing adultery and murdering a man…

You get the picture.

So is He a liar when he says he will guard us? Or is he fickle and untrustworthy? Or does he simply have favorites? 

Is the problem with his character or with our understanding of protection? When I look into Jesus’ eyes, when I examine his life as an “exact representation” of God, I find complexity but not insincerity. He is interiorly true. And it leaves me mentally stretching to consider how his view of time as a whole, not in linear moments connected by the ticking of a clock, must somehow level my mountains and fill in my valleys.

I apologize for how abstract that must sound. His goodness is something I’ve wrestled with on many occasions. Each time I return to it through tears with greater confidence and greater brokenness. It’s a truth I can see mentally and can smell emotionally, but I can’t always taste it in the moment.

Peace to you my friend,



Ahhh, this has been a subject that I have struggled on, written through and spoken on for years. There are moments when the evidence lines up and all answers point to "God must be a liar." And then there are other moments when my view is expanded, I am so wrong, and I see what God is really up to. Does it make me think that God is big and mysterious?
No. Just that sometimes we don't always see everything that is going on.

And I've grown closer in my relationship with God by yelling in the moments where I think he's lying, and falling flat on my face in the moments when I realize he isn't. There isn't any fake way about it.

Thanks for sharing this,


Jenni, thank you so much for taking the time to post. I'm with you--honesty before God is healing; it keeps us uncluttered even in the midst of pain.

Sister Chole, May I quote you by saying, "Much has been learned, much can be learned", and a truer statement I've never heard. After reading your reply to "Is God a Liar?", Ephesians 3:16-20 came to my mind in which the Apostle Paul prays earnestly for us that our roots may go down deep into the soil of God's love, and that we may know and understand the width, the breadth, the highth and depth of God's love - although we may never truly be able to do so. God's love is so far beyond man's comprehension and we may never know or fully understand the magnitude and the fullest essence of His love. In addition, Paul prays that we might strive for this knowledge and seek God with all earnesty so that "at last we may be filled up with God himself." Along with this scripture I also recalled the verse, "Who can separate us from the love of God " - NOTHING can.

If we know the Lord in an intimate manner, such as we know our spouse or parent, then we will know the heart beat of God and his Word. In doing so, this intimacy brings a trust and faith in him - not in our feelings, not our emotions.

I'm 61 years old and I've spent almost half of my life without Jesus. Believe me, I feel your pain too. I also hear disappointment. The interesting thing I have learned
though in my walk with the Lord is that my greatest disappointments and deepest pains came from my own failed expectations that I had of others - not in God. I truly believe that satan uses our emotions and feelings as a tool for the destruction of our spiritual life.

There is a quotation I heard once in which the minister said, "Our greatest source of disappointment is our failed expectations of others and our greatest source of joy in our knowledge of who God really is." To try to sum it up, keep your eyes on Jesus.
get to know HIM and who he really is. Examine your heart and ask God to make it pliable to his Word. Know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. God does not turn like a shadow - He's constant.

Beautiful thoughts, Diana! Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. (I apologize that my response is so tardy...a full season of speaking that will continue through October.)

God is never and cannot every be a liar. Its impossible for Him to lie. When I've come to a season in my life that is not displaying truth, I've had to look right in the mirror and consider what 'I' have done. Have I walked away from HIM? Have I gotten myself out of his umbrella of protection...or simply.....have I trusted ME more than HE? Hmmm.... Its usually ME.....that has gotten in HIS way. But God is so wonderful and powerful...He can do anything he wants! Really? HE definately CAN'T MAKE ME YIELD TO HIM. That is my decision to make....every day.

Thanks so much for taking the time to post Silvia!

These OT verses came to my mind....
See especially Job 42:3b, 5a
Job's Confession
1Then Job answered the LORD and said,
2"I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
3'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?'
"Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know."
4'Hear, now, and I will speak;
I will ask You, and You instruct me.'
5"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;
6Therefore I retract,
And I repent in dust and ashes."

Isaiah 55:9 (NASB)
9"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

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alicia britt chole is a thought-provoking speaker, seasoned mentor, and reflective author of several books including Anonymous and Finding an Unseen God.