Logical Fallacies are for the Faithless – Titus 1:12-13

In St. Paul’s Epistle to Titus, a rather troubling statement is made.

One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.

This witness is true.

Here, Paul refers to the Cretan philosopher Epimenides. Of course, when Paul says this man’s statement is true it creates what seems to be a logical fallacy. How can a Cretan claiming “all Cretans always lie” be telling the truth?

Now, as we all know, the Bible is absolutely inerrant. This passage, however, puts up a serious challenge to biblical inerrancy. How could an obvious logical fallacy be found in a perfect work? Well, I believe I have reasoned my way through this problem. My argument is as follows:

God is omnipotent and, as such, can do anything. Being omnipotent, He has the ability to temporarily change a person’s nationality. As Epimenides made his statement, God absolved him of his Cretanness in order to preserve biblical inerrancy.

When you think about it, it’s quite obvious. Now, there will be some who claim that this shows that the Bible should not be interpreted in a strictly literal sense. They are, of course, speaking nonsense and may be in league with the devil. Keep in mind that your conception of reality is absolute truth. Stick to your guns and remember that with God anything is possible.

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~ by norealname on April 13, 2008.

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