Do you swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
We hear this on television, or used to, when they depict the courtroom testimony. When asking someone to testify and respond to questioning that will lead to a verdict on an accused. Guilty or Not Guilty. Consequences for the life of someone determined by others speaking the truth. By others swearing, to God, they will tell the truth.
Does placing ones hand on the Bible and saying ‘Yes, by God, I will tell the truth” guarantee the words coming out will definitely be the truth and nothing but the truth? Will those that hear know for certain all spoken after this swearing hear the truth? If the sworn in speaks a lie with they spontaneously combust? No. The hearer has to still have discernment, and wisdom to hear and understand what the truth is. The one under oath many times has to separate themselves and their opinion and prejudice in order to tell ALL truth, this is hard to do, because we are selfish and prideful. We all have our own version of ‘the truth’ dependent on where we are ‘standing in the room’.
Yellow Balloons, a blog by Tim Dunn had a post Tune Our Hearts it speaks of how we manipulate the truth, keeping us out of tune.
A manipulated truth is a lie. Sometimes it is a purposeful lie. We make false statements knowing full well it is not the truth. Sometimes a lie is interlaced with truth, “Sorry I am late I had ‘this’ come up at work. ” ‘This’ being true, but it came up an hour before and you stayed to chat with a friend, or dropped by the bar. Or ‘This’ could have been put aside you just chose to stay late because you didn’t want to rush home…. All still a lie, you use to avoid rejection, judgement, disapproval.
Some lies are to ourselves The excuses we make to ourselves for not accomplishing or succeeding or our failures; not educated, came from broken family, ethnic background, bad genes, wrong or colored rainbow or # combo from latest personality test. It is interesting that we don’t lie positively to ourselves.
Some lies are thrust upon us. Some will make us a lie. Some will manipulate circumstances and their perceptions of actions and words and will build a lie and present it as truth. Some know they themselves are lying. Some though have not used discernment and wisdom and knowledge and believe their perception of deception to be true. People with let their prejudice, their own insecurities, they opinions, their ignorance define circumstances and people. The Press and Democrats and anti Trumpers do this to President Trump. CPS does this to families/parents. We do it to the other kid, when our good child does wrong in their company.
The movie Trial By Fire is of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted and executed for the murder of his three daughters. A crime he did NOT commit. But most believed that he did, even though they heard the truth uttered from his sworn in mouth. Lies were believed because it was easier. It is easier to blame the uneducated, mullet wearing, morally unfit, too- young- to- be- daddy, guy with a record, than to let those babies burn to death by an accidental fire that God allowed. It is easier to stand on the side of the upstanding suit wearing prosecutor, Honorable Judge, expert investigator, and other jurors , than to consider someone of such low standing in society could be more truth filled.
Parents lose their right to be parents to their children for our being out of tune to the truth. The family court hears manipulated truth, pure lies presented by CPS and their experts they pay to lie. The parents are made a lie. The lie is believed all is ‘in the best interest of the child’. When none is in the best interest of the child. Prejudice, opinions, misconceptions build lies that rip through the truth and destroy lives.
Jesus Christ was crucified by lies. He spoke the truth and only the truth. He IS Truth. Those that wanted Jesus out, manipulated truths into their own lies to preserve themselves. His truth was exposing the lies they were living, to themselves. He still does this today. The irony is, God used the deception, created by, the great deceiver Satan, the Prince of lies, to condemn Jesus, his only begotten Son. Jesus physically died on the cross, because of lies told of him, to cover the lies told by us, and to forever destroy the creator of lies.
That is the Truth. No sweeter a sound, than ‘Jesus’.