Honesty 22 Jul

I Pity the Fool

(Message 7) What is truth? A favorite question of the ages for philosophers and… liars. The truth has become something that is variable based on a given situation or personal preference. In other words, subjective rather than objective. But truth just doesn’t work that way. Join us a we seek God’s perspective on truth, lies, honesty, and dishonesty. #gcpitythefool

  • Does the Bible teach that lying is always wrong?
  • Does truth have many different meanings?

 

Why honesty?

A false witness…

  • is friends with wicked people
  • is willing to do violent things to others
  • intentionally stirs up trouble
  • knows what is false and yet swears that it’s true

 

“Truth” is often based on:

  • Knowledge
  • Belief

 

Truth based on knowledge:

  • Requires complete and absolute knowledge of everything

Conclusion: Truth based on knowledge is not reliable

 

Truth based on belief:

  • Belief requires faith in something else that you deem to be true

I believe…

  • John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln
  • that the history books describing the event are accurate
  • that the authors and publishers fact-checked before they published that history book
  • at least one person who was there at Ford Theater described the story well enough to the people who weren’t there so we can know what happened

I believe…

  • the Earth is round

Conclusion: Belief is not truth

 

Postmodern ideas of “truth”:

  • Truth is created by what we believe about it
  • Truth is defined by its outcome

 

Real truth:

  • A proposition
  • Mind independent
  • Non-linguistic bearer of truth

 

Lying is our way of seizing control from God.

 

Biblical examples of truth and lies:

  • Genesis 12 and 20: Abraham and Sarah
  • Joshua 2:1-11 – Rahab and the Spies
  • Acts 6:12-7:1 – Stephen

If God can use bad decisions to accomplish something good, how much more can He use our good decisions?

 

Scripture used: Proverbs 12:17, 25:18, 13:5, 17:4, 12:22; Genesis 12, 20; Joshua 2:1-11; Acts 6:12-7:1

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  1. Read Proverbs 12:17, 25:18, 13:5, 17:4, 12:22; Genesis 12; Genesis 20; Joshua 2:1-11; Acts 6:12-7:1. As you reflect on these verses, what stands out the most to you? Why?
  2. As you reflect on the message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly
    1. helpful?
    2. insightful?
    3. difficult to grasp?
    4. challenging?
  3. What do the passages and the message teach you about God? What do they teach you about yourself?
  4. How could the next week be different if you incorporated these truths into your life?

DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS:

Day 1: Proverbs 22

Day 2: Proverbs 23

Day 3: Proverbs 24

Day 4: Proverbs 25

Day 5: Proverbs 26

Day 6: Proverbs 27

Day 7: Proverbs 28

Other messages in this series: