From Pastor’s Desk: 9-15-19
Zechariah 8:16 These are the things which you should do: speak the truth with one another; judge with truth and pronounce the judgment that brings peace in [the courts at] your gates. AMP
Tradition has its merits. Business affairs were conducted at the “gates” of the city. Our nation would be so much better if this principle was adhered to now as then. Not the place, but the principle. In this modern day world of erroneous concepts of truth, things have really gotten askew. Truth, in the minds of some, is no longer truth, or at least is not accepted as truth.
Many tend to cast a shadow upon truth, but truth is absolute. There is no grey area. What follows then is to simply ignore it. To ignore it is to accept the opposite. Sadly, the opposite, a lie, becomes truth to many. A lie today is hardly recognizable as a such. In most cases, a lie has enough, if only a small amount, of truth mixed with it so as to make it sound like truth. Consequently, many are deceived because no effort is made to search, or research, the whole context of what they are being told.
Truth has its origin in Scripture. The “bottom line” is that “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life…” He continues with “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). Even in Scripture, or versions of, there is danger of truth being twisted. At least one version I have been made aware of is omitting some verses, and tweaking others, that turns “truth” around in an entirely opposite direction, in an effort to thwart the meaning of the verse and/or passage.
When examining the two opposites, truth and lies, it is explicitly clear which on is going to win in the end. Revelation 21:8 declares, “…for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (NASB)
A liar is placed in the same category as much very undesirable and deplorable people, don’t you think? They are all going to the same place!