Summary: What is the truth and what is a lie, and how does God view them.
Truth or a lie, which one are you Living?
We can only speak two things, either the truth or a lie. Of course the bible encourages us to always speak the truth. I Peter 1:15-16 says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Ephesians 4:25 also states, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” Just like God’s words, our words carry power as well. Remember the Proverbs 18:21 which says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” which means we either speak death into our lives or we choose to speak life. Whether it is the truth or a lie, they both carry significant power, one for the good and the other for the bad, but don’t be mistaken they both are powerful. Let’s examine both the truth and a lie, and see why both of these terms are so powerful.
First, let’s examine a lie. What is a lie? There are many different definitions such as: a falsehood, an attempt to deceive, the untruth. Here’s another simple definition that you may not have thought of as a definition for the word “lie.” A lie is:
I bet you never thought of the word quite like that, but that’s exactly what it is and what it does. To better understand the effects and force behind a lie, we will back into the meaning.
St. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.”
Jesus is praying to the Father, and he says something very profound regarding the truth. Let look at some of the words of that statement. First, the word “sanctify” means to purify, to cleanse, to be free from the guilt of sin, to separate, and to consecrate. The simple definition of the word “truth,” is the opposite of a lie. Putting this all together, he is saying that the truth or better honesty will purify, separate, cleanse, consecrate, and free us from the guilt of sin. St. John 8:32 will confirm this, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Remember we are backing into this meaning so pay close attention.
According to St. John 8:32, if the truth will make you free, then a lie will put you into bondage and make you a slave to sin. Remember, a lie is the opposite of the truth. Also if the truth or honesty will purify, separate, cleanse, consecrate, and free you from the guilt on sin, then a lie will do just the opposite. A lie will contaminate, attach you to sin, soil, desecrate, and enslave you. Remember the phrase, “Thy word is truth” which is the second part of the verse in St. John 17:17? There is a philosophy technique where two phrases are put together to draw one conclusion, and here is an example of that.
Phrase one says “Sanctify them through thy truth,” and phrase two says “thy word is truth,” and here is the conclusion. Since “thy word” is the same as the “truth” you can substitute the two words for each other, which therefore means “Sanctify them through thy word,” and the common factor which makes all this possible is the “truth.”