“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
All of us grow up hearing stories about what happens to people who don’t tell the truth. Whether it’s Pinocchio, the Boy who cried ‘wolf,’ or any other fictional character, one of the qualities our parents try very hard to impart on us is the need to tell the truth, to become men and women of honesty and integrity. While many people lie to get ahead, we still look down on those who deliberately conceal the truth from others. In that spirit, it seems like God is telling us to make sure we tell the truth (and don’t lie) in this commandment.
But why is telling the truth such a big deal? And why does it deserve a commandment? [Read more…]