St. Paul and the “Evil Beast” People of Crete

by Steve Ray on October 12, 2020

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Before the virus hysteria, we were touring the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. We had about 100 happy cruisers along with us on this pilgrimage.

St. Paul visited this island after his two-year imprisonment in Rome around AD 63.

After his release St. Paul set out again on apostolic travels. During this time he and Titus visited Crete.

Paul writes to Titus, “Paul … to Titus … for this reason, I left you in Crete [as bishop].” (Titus 1:1-4)

We are always told to be NICE. We should not speak disparagingly about people.

When writing to Titus, Paul did not have very flattering words for the Cretans. He spoke his mind — and it is recorded as inspired Scripture. This is what he wrote to Titus about the Cretans,

“‘Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.’ This testimony is true.” (Titus 1:12)

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When I have been to Crete on numerous occasions, I found the Cretans quite nice folks, but a lot can change in 2000 years.

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