The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth?

We have watched enough courtroom drama to be familiar with the swearing in of witnesses.  They must swear to tell “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”  But what is our responsibility regarding truth outside of the courtroom?   What does the Bible require regarding truth-telling?  How much truth must we tell?  Who has a right to hear truth from us?  Is there ever a time when we may conceal the truth?  Is there ever a time when the Bible allows, condones or affirms explicit lying?

These questions seem simple on the surface. But when we examine in Scripture the actions of many heroes of the faith and God’s response to their prevarication with respect to the truth, we wrestle with legitimate questions regarding God’s nature and character, Christian ethics , and what is required by the ninth commandment.

Abraham shaded the truth in regards to his wife  because he feared unbelievers.   Rahab lied to the king of Jericho to save the lives of the Israelite spies.  The Hebrew midwives appear to have lied to Pharaoh and then received God’s blessing.   How to we come to grips with these passages and reconcile them to the ethical demands of a Holy God who calls His people to holiness?

Join us this week as we take a detour from our conversations on Genesis to examine the story of the Hebrew midwives in Exodus 1 and consider what the Scripture says about truth-telling.  We meet this Lord’s Day, May 21, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock.  Click here for directions.

Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there this coming Lord’s Day at 5:00 pm.