Sounds like a fish story to me!

Fish Story:
Tom: I caught the largest fish of the day.
Fred: Really? When did you start fish’n?
Tom: I was in my boat by 4 am and fished until noon. You know, Bob, this might be the best day of fish’n I’ve ever had.
Fred: Well, I went this afternoon, and you didn’t ask me what I caught.
Tom: Oh, well, I didn’t want to embarrass you, Fred.
Fred: Well, what did you catch?
Tom: Now, Fred, it’s only right that you tell me yours, first.
Fred: Oh, I don’t mind, Tom. I caught a 17” Walleye. I’m gonna be fry’n it up for supper. So?
Tom: A Walleye! Wow, Fred, I was just talk’n about Bluegill. I nabbed me a 5” Bluegill.

Truth Needs Both Facts and Context

The facts are never enough to know the truth. You must have the context along with the facts before you can discern the truth. Many times in life, we may be tempted to present the facts of a problem or event to our spouse or boss or friend in a way that exonerates us or casts doubt on someone else. This change of context is what we read in Acts 23:26-27. Claudius Lysias took the facts of Paul’s arrest and changed the meaning to make himself look like he did everything correctly. However, if we read Acts 22, we will see that what Claudius Lysias wrote in his letter to Governor Felix did not agree with what happened.

Acts 23:26-27, 
Claudius Lysias,
To His Excellency, Governor Felix:
This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.

The only thing more difficult than telling the truth is explaining a lie.

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Truth can be hard but lies live forever

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Truth can be hard. I happened to read the article, “The Death Of The Family Secret,” by Jeffrey Young in a HuffPost article. The report delves into the fall-out for two friends that took DNA tests. The subheading of the article is, “Ancestry and other DNA-testing companies are bringing old family secrets to light. These friends are now dealing with the truth about their fathers.

It’s just one of multiple accounts about people uncovering family secrets through DNA testing. In the HuffPost story, there is a compelling statement that reads, “Family secrets are as old as families. The reasons for keeping them haven’t changed much. To cover up a lie or to protect someone or to avoid social stigma. While revealing secrets can cause harm, so too does deceit.”

While there is a difference between family secrets and lies, they often go hand-in-hand. Lies can seem helpful when we tell them. The perpetrators of the crucifixion of Jesus and to think fast when they learned of Christ’s resurrection. So, the concocted a lie. We can read about this in Matthew 28:12-15 NIV:

When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

A lie is such a handy tool

Even today, this specific lie still circulates. A lie is such a handy tool. We believe we can protect ourselves with lies, promote ourselves with lies, or justify our actions and condemn others with our lies. A lie is so easy, but the truth is God’s nature.

We must do as God’s Word says in Ephesians 4:25 (ESV), “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” We can’t help others with lies and lies that we tell will live forever. Even when we confess them, the lies we birth will never go away.

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