If you have spent anytime watching any one of the many law programs on t.v. you have undoubtedly heard a witness sworn in and told they must tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Have you ever taken the time to stop and think about this idea. Why there is a need to confirm the “Whole” truth and not just the truth. The reason this is done and the message being given is that a partial truth is no better than a lie.
We must all be careful to be completely honest and not try to deceive others by revealing only partial truths and not fully explaining everything. The Bible clearly speaks to this concept of using false truth to deceive others in Gen 20:11-13. Read below;
- “11 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife. 12 But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
As I read through the above passage it is very evident to me that what Abraham and Sarah had said was not a lie. In truth she was the daughter of his father but not his mother. But, what he fails to mention (and what he gets in trouble for), is the fact that he does later take her as his wife. It is clear that they both intended to deceive the people by only sharing half the truth. We can find ourselves just as guilty if we don’t share the entire truth when something happens in order to deceive the person into believing something that isn’t the full truth. Just like it was wrong for Abraham and Sarah to present a half-truth to others, it is wrong for us to do so today.
Let us make sure we always remember to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.