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Law and Liberation: The Ninth Commandment

Truth is bound up with God and, for us, it is found in the meaning and in the interpretation which He gives to everything He has created. Apart from God and His revelation, truth does not exist. Truth is dependent on God. Where God is, there truth is. Since the whole of creation, right down to its minutest detail, bears witness to God, His truth extends throughout His creation. That being so, there is no place for anything that would deny what God has revealed or declared. To deny the truth or to seek to establish one's own Word independently of God and in contradiction to what God bas declared is nothing less than high treason against Him upon whom the whole creation is dependent. It warrants death and damnation. The false witness of the rebellious Satan led to the fall of man (Genesis 3:1-6). The true witness of our Lord Jesus Christ leads to our redemption. Life apart from Christ, who is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6), exists in the negative and temporary framework of falsehood. It has no lasting foundation. For "other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 3:11). The truth is basic to the Kingdom of God and the grace and truth which came by Jesus Christ(John 1:17), in time and on earth, ensures the progress and the triumph of that kingdom, in time and on earth. The advance of God's kingdom requires the eradication of falsehood hence the commandment, "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."