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Truth

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"The Truth shall set you free." (John 8:31)

Discussion

Do you tell lies?

Humans are naturally programmed to be truthful, but repeated lying makes telling lies easier and possibly undetectable, said Bruno Verschuere, co-author of the study from Gent University in Belgium. Lie is unnatural but people think they could and would live only with lies. So they create an artificial world of liars. So we are in a world of confusion - what the truth is. Jesus says, "Iím the truth, the way, and the life." He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. He frees us from all lies and stop us from telling lies. Godís people have a responsibility to speak the truth, even when others donít want to hear the truth. We should always speak the truth in love. Suppressing the truth can incur the wrath of God. Liars would never find peace and happiness here on earth and the world to come. "Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts" (Psalm 15:1,2). For temporary material benefits, we shouldnít pawn our souls. It is better to solve this problem at an early stage and come out of it.

Here is what M.K.Gandhi says about his experiments with truth, "I do not remember having told a lie, during this short period either to my teacher or to my school mates. There is an incident which occurred at the examination. Giles, the educational inspector, had come on a visit of inspection. He had given us five words to write as spelling exercise. One of the words was 'KETTLE'. I had spelled it wrongly. The teacher tried to prompt me with the point of his boot, but I would not be prompted. It was beyond me to see that he wanted me to copy the spelling from my neighborís slate, for I thought that the teacher was there to supervise us against copying. The result was that all the boys, except myself, were found to have spelt every word correctly. Only I had been stupid. The teacher tried later to bring this stupidity home to me, but without effect." This man had broken the yoke of more than 200 years of British rule by truth and non-violence and was gunned down for standing for truth.

Where are we, the Christians, the followers of Christ who are representatives of truth? We are supposed to be the light to the darkened world of lies. Stop telling lies under any circumstances. If you are the lone soul left, donít be afraid to die for truth because Christ is with you.

Prayer

Jesus, help us to stand for truth and tell the truth always. We pray for the people who are in suffering because of their truthful behavior. The tormentors should be made to repent for their lies. Cleanse us from our lies and let your truth reign over us. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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