Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 59 God is truth 215 “The sum of your word is truth; and every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.” 30 “And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true;” 31 this is why God’s promises always come true. 32 God is Truth itself, whose words cannot deceive. This is why one can abandon oneself in full trust to the truth and faithfulness of his word in all things. The beginning of sin and of man’s fall was due to a lie of the tempter who induced doubt of God’s word, kindness, and faithfulness. 216 God’s truth is his wisdom, which commands the whole created order and governs the world. 33 God, who alone made heaven and earth, can alone impart true knowledge of every cre- ated thing in relation to himself. 34 217 God is also truthful when he reveals himself—the teaching that comes fromGod is “true instruction.” 35 When he sends his Son into the world it will be “to bear witness to the truth”: 36 “We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to know him who is true.” 37 God is love 218 In the course of its history, Israel was able to discover that God had only one reason to reveal himself to them, a single motive for choosing them from among all peoples as his special posses- sion: his sheer gratuitous love. 38 And thanks to the prophets Israel understood that it was again out of love that God never stopped saving them and pardoning their unfaithfulness and sins. 39 219 God’s love for Israel is compared to a father’s love for his son. His love for his people is stronger than a mother’s for her children. God loves his people more than a bridegroom his be- loved; his love will be victorious over even the worst infidelities 30 Ps 119:160. 31 2 Sam 7:28. 32 Cf. Deut 7:9. 33 Cf. Wis 13:1-9. 34 Cf. Ps 115:15; Wis 7:17-21. 35 Mal 2:6. 36 Jn 18:37. 37 1 Jn 5:20; cf. Jn 17:3. 38 Cf. Deut 4:37; 7:8; 10:15. 39 Cf. Isa 43:1-7; Hos 2. 2465 1063, 156 397 295 32 851 2466 295 239 796, 458