John 8:44 ... On bearing false witness
April 5, 2016 9:26am CST
I am reading from John 8:44. Here is a quote from his words from the Holy Bible: "Lying is the most direct offense against the truth. To lie is to speak or act against the truth in order to lead someone into error. By injuring man's relation to truth and to his neighbor, a lie offends against the fundamental relation of man and of his word to the Lord. Lying is a mortal sin when it does grave injury to the virtues of justice and charity. Lying is a profanation of speech, whereas the purpose of speech is to communicate known truth to others. The deliberate intention of leading a neighbor into error by saying things contrary to the truth constitutes a failure in justice and charity. The culpability is greater when the intention of deceiving entails the risk of deadly consequences for those who are led astray. By violating the virtue of truthfulness, a lie does real violence to another. It affects his ability to know, which is a condition of every judgment and decision. It contains the seed of discord and all consequent evils. Lying is destructive of society; it undermines trust among men and tears apart the fabric of social relationships." Source: Wikipedia.org :
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5 Apr 16
Even worse, nobody hardly every believes you when you actually speak the truth. You end up standing alone with no friends and you become labeled a liar. It is bad news to anyone caught up in lies. I think there are times when I lie by omission. In court this is seen as holding back evidence or testimony in a case and is subject to penalties.
7 Apr 16
The John passage you noted is of interest for many themes being involved within it-Jesus statement of Himself being the Truth is a theme in it, also the statement of one's relation. Those who were attacking Him were doing by nature what is theirs, and those following Him as by nature of the God's unction within them. The argument went back to decent, His enemies claiming to be children of Abraham-and His statement going beyond Abraham "before Abraham came into being, I am"-that statement was present tense, akin to God's statement in Ex. 3:14 regarding His name-that too is a theme within John's Gospel, the "I am" statements of Jesus-indeed John says "The law was given through Moses, but Grace and Truth came into being through Jesus. Truth, in the Hebraic understanding, has to do with what is reliable and consistent, the Hebrew word emet is related to the word for faith and faithfulness, emunah-a related term which we say at the end of a prayer is "amen"-for for John and his community, he had experienced what was reliable in the person of Jesus.