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1 John 5:5-13
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
Luke 5:12-16

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making god a liar?

"Whoever does not believe God has made God a liar by refusing to believe in the testimony He has given on His own Son's behalf." —1 John 5:10

Two of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity have given Their testimony about the third Person, Jesus. The Holy Spirit has testified to Jesus, that Jesus Christ came through water and blood, and not in water only (1 Jn 5:6). "It is the Spirit Who testifies to this, and the Spirit is Truth" (1 Jn 5:6). The Father has likewise testified to Jesus, "on His own Son's behalf" (1 Jn 5:9) and "the testimony is this: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son" (1 Jn 5:11).

The three Persons of the Blessed Trinity are almighty and cannot be contained by the universe. Yet They placed such a high priority on gaining the love of each human being that They took the incomprehensible action of subjecting Themselves to the critical judgment of each human heart. St. Paul writes that "God must be proved true even though every man be proved a liar, so that, as Scripture says, 'You shall be vindicated in what You say, and win out when You are judged' " (Rm 3:4). We humans are at great risk if we do not pay attention to God's integrated, truthful testimony about Jesus. God has given us the awesome gift of our free will, so we have the ability to reject God. Of course, we have also been given the power to freely choose to believe and love God.

We can choose to be God's witnesses and offer testimony to help others to accept God. We can also choose to be "anti-witnesses" and influence others to reject God. In the court of human hearts, are you making God trustworthy or making God a liar?

Prayer:  Lord, may my life-style never influence people to choose to exchange "the truth of God for a lie" (Rm 1:25).

Promise:  "Great crowds gathered to hear Him and to be cured of their maladies." —Lk 5:15

Praise:  Deeply drawn by Jesus, Siva converted from Buddhism to Christianity.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 26, 2015

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