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by Wayne Blank
"And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not die." (Genesis 3:2-4 RSV) (see That Old Serpent and Did God Create The Devil?)
God's Way is Life and Truth; Satan's way is death and lies:
"Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But, because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me." (John 8:43-45 RSV)
Speak God's Language - The Truth
Always speaking the truth brings freedom, peace of mind and eternal life:
"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (Exodus 20:16 RSV) (see The Ten Commandments and The Ten Commandments Now?)
Truth or Consequences
There will be no liars in the Kingdom of God:
"But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:8-10 RSV)
"Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire..."
There is nothing in this world worth lying about. The old mocking children's rhyme, "Liar, liar, pants on fire..." is not entirely inappropriate, considering what is surely coming:
"the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! But according to His promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace." (2 Peter 3:10-14 RSV)
Fact Finder: Does anyone ever "get away with" anything?
This Week's Bible Quiz
Of Jacob/Israel's 12 sons:
1. Which one had a name beginning with an "R"?
2. Which one had a name beginning with an "S"?
3. Which one had a name beginning with an "L"?
4. Which two had names beginning with a "J"?
5. Which one had a name beginning with an "I"?
6. Which one had a name beginning with a "Z"?
7. Which one had a name beginning with a "D"?
8. Which one had a name beginning with a "B"?
9. Which one had a name beginning with an "N"?
10. Which one had a name beginning with a "G"?
11. Which one had a name beginning with an "A"?
12. What is the name of Jacob/Israel's only recorded daughter?
For the answers to this February 27 2001 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page