2015-08-09 - The Ninth Commandment
The Shepherd-Boy and the Wolf
A Shepherd-Boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!” and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-Boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: “Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep”; but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock. There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth. 1
We live is a society where the lie no longer exists. This is especially true in the advertising industry. Advertisers are supposedly not allowed to lie, when they hock their products. So they have developed outstanding skills at creative truth-telling. Phrases such as “no fat” are meant to imply a food product is healthy for you. The word “natural” is used the same way. And then there’s “organic." But just check out the calories on some of these so-called “health foods.”
In the past, abortionists didn’t take the life of a baby. They simply removed an “unviable tissue mass.” “Sin” isn’t sin. It is an “alternate lifestyle,” or an “enlightened view of human rights.” And certainly we all know that supposedly, there’s absolutely no such thing as absolute truth. We can all have our own truths, and where yours contradicts mine … that’s fine. If there is no absolute truth, then there can be no lies.
Of course the plethora of lawyers, especially contract specialists, tells us that somebody must have a real problem with telling truth. Frequently those who are in office seem to have no concern with truth, only with protecting their own interests. And if there is no evidence …“Quick, shred the records.”… then there are no facts. Which brings us to revisionism in the study of history. If we rewrite history, then we rewrite truth. What are lies? They are the contradictions of truth. And bottom line, lies then are any teachings, words, or even actions that would deny the truths found in scriptures. If we are not to lie, then we must tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but then again …
To be Continued.
Pastor Geoff Kragen
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