In today’s news there is barely a day goes by when we don’t hear someone suggesting that someone else is not speaking the truth. The phrase “fake news” has become part of our everyday language in 2017 and I wouldn’t be surprised if it made it into Webster’s or some other linguistic book as the phrase of the year.
Growing up as a child, when someone said something to you that you didn’t like, often the retort would be, “Well, it takes one to know one;” e.g. if someone said you were stupid, dumb, fat, ugly, a liar, etc. Perhaps that same phrase is as applicable today, but I am afraid we’ve heard so many lies it is getting more and more difficult to know the truth even if we hear it.
Truth is something that the Lord has been speaking to me about for about 30 years; really. I am learning, and the first book I read on truth was about 30 years ago and it was a massive one, teaching and philosophizing on the types of lies and when it is or is not acceptable to tell a lie.
The typical question posed to suggest it might be okay to tell a lie was to suggest that if you did not lie someone would be hurt, perhaps their life threatened. To this day, I am truthful in telling you that if I was put in that position where someone’s life depended on my not telling the truth, I honestly do not know what I would do.
Truth is something, actually, that I was taught about from childhood under the auspices of the teachings of the RC Church. As a child in that church I never saw a bible. Through all my younger years, to about age 13, I was taught from a Catechism that was put together by the church. The teachings each year were appropriate to my age category.
In the Catholic religion we were taught about venial sins, mortal sins – lesser and bigger sins deserving different types of penance that the priest hearing our confession would assign to us to do. If I happened to say I told a lie, it was brushed over and nothing was ever said to me by way of penance, other than it wasn’t a good thing and I really shouldn’t lie. I often times heard adults say it was only a “little white lie.”
Just as a lie is a lie, is not a sin a sin? And as for the meaning of a sin, it simply means to “miss the mark.” You didn’t quite get something right.
But, if as the church lead me to believe that it wasn’t such a terrible thing to lie, then why does it say in the Book of Revelation (Bible) that amongst those who would be cast into the lake of fire would be, “all liars.” I puzzled and puzzled over the years as to why it was such a terrible thing to deserve such punishment, along with murderers and such.
Rev. 21:8 (KJV) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
A few years ago during meditation it came to me as to why liars were so deplorable to the Lord. That revelation hasn’t changed at all, and I wrote the poem you see with this blog. I have come to believe that when I tell a lie I am taking sides with the chief liar, haSatan. In other words when I choose to lie, I choose haSatan and not YHWH, who is Truth. That has remained solid with me, like I said, not wavering from those thoughts.
Yeshua says of himself that he is, “The Way, the Truth and the Light.”
This poem was written by me one day after meditating and thinking about the question of the importance of not lying. It has been published and sometimes I wonder how many eyes have seen the words, how many were affected by the energy of the words.
People who live south of the border (I am in Canada) are living under an umbrella of lies. Perhaps we are too here in Canada and it’s just not all over the news like the States.
It has become so obvious that more than ever we must be walking in the Spirit, using the gifts of intuition (discernment) in order to know what is or is not true.
I don’t know if any of you lied as a kid, but I did in order to get out of trouble. I remember that a tiny lie lead into another lie to cover up that lie, and then another and another. A tiny lie snowballs and builds into a mountain.
Pretty soon, we’ve heard the lie so many times, we begin to believe it. That, my friends is the danger of not speaking the Truth. A spoken lie has as much energy as a spoken truth, and it will impact us one way or another. It never goes away and as long as it is repeated and talked about, it grows and grows ~~ like a cancer.
Neither you nor I can do anything about what someone else says, except when we do hear a lie spoken and it is one that may cause harm to one or more people, we are obligated to negate it by speaking the Truth. Silence when we know differently is as much as admitting the lie is the truth. It is a sin of omission whereas the lie is one of commission.
Heaven forbid if we ever reach that place where the majority of society turns around and says or thinks that truth doesn’t matter. Our laws that are in place are meant to benefit us, the courts swear you in before giving your testimony. What a sham our whole system would be.
Yeshua taught on truth and it was taught as something that would set a man free. If truth no longer matters are we signing off on freedom? With a Prime Minister or President or King ruling a country who does not believe it is necessary to speak the truth, are they selling our freedom down the drain? Freedom of expression (only if I lie), freedom to come and go (only if I lie) across borders, freedom to choose a boss (only if I lie).
John 8:31-33 (KJV) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Once upon a time a man’s word and/or his handshake were good enough when he or she said they would be bound to doing something. Time passed, we became less trusting and started to draw up written contracts for signature. Lawyers started getting rich(er). If things keep regressing the way they are, pretty soon, those won’t be worth the price of the paper upon which they are written.
What about all of those legal and binding agreements between countries and nations to do with peace, anti-nuclear and nuclear devices, the environmental issues, the cross border trade agreements. You might as well put a match to them all now if this is how little we value our word, our truth.
The day Truth does not matter will be a sorry day on earth –
but not in hell.
And that, dear ones, is my truth as I see it today. May the Lord continue to have mercy on our failings, granting wisdom and understanding, as he did for King Solomon, that our rulers do so wisely and with compassion and respect for all humanity. We are all brothers and sisters.
Peace & Love