“If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God has raised him (Jesus) from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
A promise is a relatively simple thing to establish, but much harder to keep.
God has promised that “whosoever” believes that He, God, raised him (Jesus) from the dead shall be saved from the ultimate judgement that is to come.
By his nature, God can not lie. What He says, He does and He has all the means necessary to fulfill his promises. Nothing can stop this promise from being fulfilled. God has all the power, knowledge and authority to make this happen.
Man does not posses the qualities: power, knowledge and authority, necessary to fulfill all our promises. While humans have the ability to control their own actions, we do not have the ability to control the actions of others that may be necessary in the fulfillment of a promise.
“Honey, I promise to be faithful to you”. That is something I have absolute control over.
“Honey, I promise to bring home stuffed eggplant from your favorite Mediterranean restaurant”. I can stop at the restaurant, but what if they are sold out of the stuffed eggplant? My promise is dependent on another’s actions that are beyond my control.
Hence the problem with Social Security. Politicians, in their collective limited knowledge of the present, making promises based future actions of others that they, the politicians, can not control and hoping that promise can be kept.
John Maynard Keynes, the progenitor of all things wrong with economic analysis, correctly stated, “In the long run we are all dead”. He is dead, and his economic “long run” has become our economic “short run” and metaphorically speaking, we are the ones that are dead.