It is as old as the Garden of Eden, questioning what God has plainly written in His Word. Satan was the first to use the tactic when posing the question “Hath God said?” to Eve, casting doubt in her mind as to what God had really said and what He possibly could have meant by what He said concerning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Her answer to Satan and her subsequent action at his urging put the entire world under the curse of sin. It wasn’t an innocent question in search of learning more about the world around her; it was a devastating question meant to distrust God and confuse His Word.
The question is still being asked 6,000 years later in our world today. You hear it all the time. Hath God really said Jesus is the only way to the Father? Aren’t there many ways? Hath God said the soul that sinneth it shall die? Hath God said those who bless Israel God will bless, and those who curse Israel God will curse? Hath God really said if you keep His commandments it will go well with you and if you don’t, it won’t? Hath God said the just shall live by faith alone and not by works? Hath God said He is the only LORD and there is none else beside Him? Did God really say it is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment? Hath God said life is like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away? Can’t we find a way to live forever? Did God really say it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God? Hath God said be sure your sin will find you out? If I am careful no one will ever know what I have done.
Yes, God has said all those things and MUCH more. We are an arrogant people and full of pride if we think we know better about life, eternity and even about who God is than what God Himself has revealed to us in His Word. Hath God said He sits in the heavens and laughs at those who are against Him and against His anointed, and holds them who are against Him in derision? Yes He does, as recorded in Psalm 2. He also gives us this stern warning in Galatians 6 for our benefit, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
It is nigh past time to discard Satan’s old, worn-out question he has used to deceive the whole world since its creation, “Hath God said?”, and replace it with “Thus saith the LORD” as found in Scripture. This world, and mankind, would be much better off if we did.