2019-07-10 - Nothing but the Truth
Originally Published 2016-05-11
There are so many outcries about the truth being unacceptable, yet very often people will claim the truth is relative to their own perception of it. So then it becomes “ours vs. theirs,” and we lie to ourselves and find it unobjectionable. For me, it’s often thoughts like “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow, which will be alright” or “another bit of Nutella or another cookie is fine.” Those are little white lies, so to speak. Sometimes we tell ourselves that we do things on our own with no help, which isn’t true. Others, for instance, in this country that are in law enforcement, our mentors, natural or adoptive or foster parents, teachers in the school systems, and in the military make sacrifices every day - with their own lives and the effects on their own families - so we can be free to make choices and do things we enjoy, and can even prosper due to those choices.
What we do or don’t do affects others, like it or not, good or bad, truth or lie. When we want the truth to be what suits us, then it isn’t really the truth at all. In fact, it’s a bold lie. And the adversary has come to lie, cheat, and steal. An effective method of achieving those goals is pitting people against each other, letting us believe that little wrong things are not going to hurt anyone, and also allowing us to think that we can do it all on our own, and that it doesn’t affect anyone else, so it must be “just fine.”
Deception is the ultimate lie, and it often is an incremental process and not one giant and clear misrepresentation. When it’s slower, it’s less noticeable, and after a while, we begin to believe our own lies. As my mother used to say, “a lie is a lie,” and you can’t be lying just a little bit; she would say: “It’s either true or it isn’t true.” So ask yourself: Is the truth I live the “whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God” or not? If I am choosing to live as God intends me to, then I guess it had better matter to me.
“But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:3-5, KJV)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted