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A Cretan said, “Cretans are always liars”

by Theodore Wright.

One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. – Titus 1:12-13a NKJV


Do you mean to tell me that a Cretan prophet actually said, “Cretans are always liars”?
Well, if that is the case then he must have been lying himself.
But wait! The apostle Paul says in the word of God that “This testimony is true”!

This is said in God’s divine word, the Holy Bible, where it is said in the same writing that
God is not able to lie…

in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
– Titus 1:2 NKJV

Does your mind get blown away by this or other matters when reading the Holy Bible?

So who was this prophet?
A man named Epimenedes was from around 600 B.C. and was said in history to have been in a cave asleep for 57 years in a cave on the island of Crete and given the gift of prophesy by the pagan god Zeus.

Was this really the case? What can I say? Cretans are always liars!

The alleged contradiction able has been commonly referred to as “The Epimendes Paradox”.

That is like Pinocchio saying, “My nose will grow now!” Well, would his nose grow saying that or not?


How is this paradox resolved?

It was the testimony that the Apostle Paul said was true. Yes, a Cretan prophet did say this about Cretans. That does not necessarily mean that all Cretans really are liars but one of their prophets did say this about them.

Furthermore, we need to understand that this is not just simply a matter of logic. Epimenedes was Greek. The apostle Paul commonly addressed the Greek speaking world.

The Greeks, for example, did understand about the meaning of “zero” such as there being “not one” or something being “empty” but they did not use it as a number.

Biblically, even Jews, when counting a number of days would refer to the saying “in three days” as meaning “today, tomorrow, and the next day” and not being the three days after today. This is done with years as well and is still counted this way by Jews in Israel today.

In modern times, a double-negative may be used by some people for an over-emphasis. This is such as the words of Sweet Brown saying, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”.


In conclusion

Let it also be mentioned that people from Crete, have in the New Testament, also shown themselves well. As it says in Acts 2:11 (NKJV)…

“Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”


It is suggested that we broaden our understanding beyond our cultures and sub-cultures to understand the word of God, the Holy Bible. As for the saying “Cretans are always liars”, always isn’t always “always”.





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