Titus
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Titus 1

(1:1) "Paul"
Although Titus claims to have been written by Paul, most scholars believe that it, along with the other pastoral epistles (1 and 2 Timothy), was written by someone else long after his death. (1)

(1:2) "God, that cannot lie" God, like George Washington (but unlike the author of Titus who falsely claims to be Paul) cannot tell a lie.
Does God lie?

1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. (1:6) "The husband of one wife"
A bishop should have only one wife. I guess it's OK for laymen to have several.
Did "Paul" change his mind about marriage?
Is polygamy OK?

(1:7-8) "A bishop must be ... just."
Has the ever been a just person?

(1:10-11)
"There are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped."
Jews are unruly liars "whose mouths must be stopped."

(1:12)
"The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies."

(1:14) "Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments"
Disregard "Jewish fables and commandments." Like most of the bible, maybe?

1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

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1. Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introlduction to the Early Christian Writings, 3rd ed. (2004), chap.23

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Epistle to Titus
Authorship of the Pauline epistles: The Pastoral Epistles