2001-10-14 - Dishonesty
Passages About the Ten Commandments, Part 8
This week we will look at passages related to lying. We have in the current news, a tragic example of the harm lies can do. Osama bin Laden is stirring up anger and hatred, with lies that the US is attacking Islam. Of course, if you have read or watched news on this, you realize that in fact, our president and country have gone out of our way, to make a huge distinction between mainstream Islam and what Osama believes (which is a terrible distortion of the true Koran). But they don't have a free press in some of those areas, and hear only the lies that their governments want them to hear. And because of this dishonesty, people will lose their lives - soliders on both sides - and probably some civilians, victims of misunderstanding borne of dishonesty. Whether it's on an international scale, or among family, friends or coworkers, dishonesty breeds trouble. The Scriptures are clear about how God feels about dishonesty. All passages are from the Revised Standard Version (RSV).
Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.