The opposite of truth is lie. Being able to recognize the lie is an important part of serving God.
Christ could see through the lies of the enemy and did so on many occasions. Once, when upset by the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, Jesus said the following.
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Here Jesus clearly teaches about the devil and his relationship to the truth. Is there a little bit of truth in the devil? Absolutely not! “He does not hold to the truth, for there is no truth in him.”
While studying this, I was convicted and had to repent of some things that I never thought of as sin. Satan makes true statements from time to time if it suits his purposes. But, according to this verse, saying true statements and speaking the truth are two different things in the Lord’s eyes.
The above passage implies that if you make a true statement, in order to get someone to believe a lie, then you are in fact lying. That’s what got to me.
For instance, if I was heading out of the house on an errand, my wife might say to me, “Honey, there are some important bills that need to be mailed.”
Being the wonderful husband that I am, I would tell her that I’d be glad to do it. So, with the best of intentions, I take the letters. I go through the day and complete my errands without ever giving the letters a second thought.
Then when I arrive home, the first thing my wife asks is, “Did you mail my letters for me?”
Not wanting to get in trouble I reply, “Oh, I took those with me first thing this morning.” My hope is that my true statement would lead her to believe that I had mailed the letters, when in fact I hadn’t. I always thought I was speaking truth – at least in part.
According to Jesus, this isn’t the case. The devil uses true statements to get us to believe lies. Jesus said that he cannot hold the truth and there is NO truth in him. So that when Satan speaks it’s a lie, even if his statement happens to be true at the moment. Because of this, I had to repent of all the true statements I’ve made, trying to cover my tracks.
Of course my wife can usually see through it and immediately says, “I didn’t ask if you took the letters, I asked if you had mailed the letters.” So, in most cases, I was caught anyway. But the fact is that making true statements with the intent to deceive is the same as telling a lie.
Question: Have you ever experienced this type of lie?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013