Whole Truth?

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Colossians 3
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Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace i have been saved through faith, and that not of myself; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest i should boast. For i am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that i should walk in them.

That is what Colossians three is all about that i should walk in them for i, ed is His workmanship, and i, ed am created for His good works not my works of the flesh.

Colossians 3:9 “ed, do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices,

i am encouraged by Paul’s words, “for you have”, as though i have already done that. i have stripped off, rid myself, killed, the old common and customary behaviors. Now of course anyone who knows me knows otherwise. Paul reveals yet another evil practice and “very sin” which is, “do not lie to one another.” Now i wonder if when he says, “to one another” if he is referring to those who are raised up with Christ or everybody. Just kidding!

This whole thing about lying gets complicated in today’s world with its new ground rules. The new ground rules say that there are no real and absolute truths that everything is based on relevance. It is acceptable and often required to tell what i think is a lie. Being politically correct is very important to the world. For some time the false statements which had an intent to deceive were called gray areas, but now they are accepted as truth.

The old ground rules define a lie this way, a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive, something intended or serving to convey a false impression, to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.

So what am i to do when someone asks me how i liked their singing or paper they wrote and in reality it was not good, in fact it was terrible? How about if someone ask me whether their outfit or hair or shoes look good and to me it does not? Paul says “Do not lie” so now i scramble to find the right words that do not hurt the person and at the same time keeps me from being totally truthful. Can i answer with “your asking the wrong person” or “well i’m not a good judge of this or that” and consider that honest and not a lie?

i pulled these comments from the general public. Deception is a means whereby people may be mislead. The most evident of these is lying. But it also includes withholding information which the person might find of immediate significance, as well as misleading the person into some alternative belief, or reinforcing such a belief. Then there are the more marginal forms of deception, such as evasion and exaggeration; and the often unconscious forms of deception (without intention to mislead), such as the subtle changes of subject, the disguises, the gestures leading astray, and silence and inaction.

According to the world a common temptation is to define a lie as a statement that isn’ t true. But things are more complicated than this. Telling stories or jokes is not lying, even when falsehoods are involved, at least when the audience knows them for what they are. The same holds for exaggerations that are readily seen to be such.

The importance of someone’ s intentions has been long recognised by philosophers. St. Augustine argued that “a person is to be judged as lying or not lying according to the intention in his own mind, not according to the truth or falsity of the statement.”

What would Paul think about those words?


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