"This question is put to Christians who believe that the Bible unerringly
describes God and reports the commands and the characteristics of God. If
there is a God, it is natural that we should wish to be quite correct in
our understanding of that God's nature. So, we ask: Can and does God lie?
Looking this point up in the mazes of Holy Writ, we discover confusion. In
Numbers xxiii, 19, we are told: "God is not a man, that he should lie."
This is put even mere strongly in Hebrews vi, 18, where we read: "It was
impossible for God to lie."
But do these citations settle the matter? Ah, no, we are upset in, our
calculations the moment we turn to 2 Thessalonians ii, 11, where we read:
"For this cause God shall send them strong delusions, that they should
believe a lie." And in I Kings xxii, 23, God is thus reported: "Now,
therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all
these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee."
Can God lie? Can the Bible lie? Anyway, there is a mistake
somewhere. The big mistake is in entertaining the idea of a God."
[E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Meaning Of Atheism"]