The Capabilities of Truth

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“These [are] the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:” – Zechariah 8:16, KJV

There is this one book which mentions a type of fluid that can force one to speak the truth. This liquid is aptly called “Veritaserum”, taken from two Latin words: Veritas (truth) and serum (liquid). Here are some details about the concoction:

Veritaserum is a powerful truth serum that is most commonly used in interrogation. The potion effectively forces the drinker to answer any questions put to them truthfully, though there are some methods of resistance. Use of the potion is strictly controlled by the Ministry of Magic.

Veritaserum is clear, colourless, and odourless and is almost indistinguishable from water. According to Severus Snape, the potion must mature for a full lunar phase, and is quite difficult to produce. It can be mixed with any drink, and three drops are a sufficient dose to make the drinker “spill out his innermost secrets”. Thus, the potion forces the drinker to tell the complete truth to any question put to him/her.

Despite being the most powerful truth serum in existence, it can still be resisted through different methods, including the taking of its antidote and Occlumency. For the same reasons Muggles don’t use polygraph tests, Veritaserum is no more reliable than its Muggle counterpart. Since some wizards and witches can resist its effects while others cannot, Veritaserum is “unfair and unreliable to use at a trial” and cannot be used as definite proof of guilt or innocence.Another weakness is that the victim only states what they believe to be true, so the victim’s sanity and perception of reality also factors in during interrogations. This is the main reason why Barty Coruch Jr ‘s testimony was not credible, as he was clearly insane.[1]

As Christians, we shouldn’t need a truth fluid to allow us to tell the truth. Telling the truth should always be in our system, as said in the book of Zechariah. Yes, we are commanded to tell the truth but what I want to point out this afternoon is that, we should love telling the truth because truth carries with it many capabilities that a certain Christian may not be aware of.

 

The truth is capable of making us feel good.

John 8:32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

A person always feels good after telling the truth, doing the noble thing, showing kindness, or meeting a need. We must remember, however, that we are to do what is right because it is right, not because it is effective us in making us feel better  or will bring us reward – that, is the truth.

 

The truth is capable of curing our blindness.

Psalm 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Five blind men were shown an elephant and asked what they “saw.”  The first blind man, standing in front of the elephant, carefully examined the trunk.  “It’s a large hosepipe,” he reported.  The second blind man, standing at the back of the elephant, examined the tail and reported that it was a brush made up of long, wiry strands.  The third blind man, standing at the side of the elephant said that, without a doubt, what he was standing before was a large leather wall.  The fourth blind man, examining the elephant’s ear said that he believed he was standing before some sort of sailing vessel because of the large, durable sail he could feel.  The fifth blind man, standing at one of the elephant’s legs, was convinced he was standing next to a tree trunk.

When each heard the other report what the object before them was, each blind man argued from their own perspective and their own experience.  And argue they did.  They mocked the intelligence of, and insulted each other.  They called each other fools.  And when they heard each other’s arguments, they would reexamine their own perspectives to prove to themselves that they were right and the others were clearly mad.  After all, the evidence proved it.

The saddest part of this little story is that none of them, not a single one, could actually see the truth of what stood plainly before them.  None could see the elephant. They were all completely blind.[2]

Moral of the story: Sometimes, our blindness obstructs our way of seeing things, thus rendering ourselves totally blind of the truth.

 

The truth is capable of pleasing the Lord.

Psalm 5:6 – Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

When George Washington was a small boy he lived on a farm with his family. His father had an orchard of fine fruit trees. He had planted a cherry tree and had told everyone to be careful and not harm it while it was growing.

One day, little George was gifted a new hatchet. He was very excited and wanted to try it out. So he started cutting and chopping anything that he saw. In his excitement, he also chopped down the cherry tree without realising it. Soon enough, his father found the cherry tree cut down and was very angry. He demanded to know who had done it, but no one knew anything about it. Finally, he asked George. George trembled with fear but decided that he should not lie. He gathered his courage and said,”I did it with my hatchet”.His father asked, “But why did you cut the tree when I had told you to be extra careful with it?”

“I was playing with the hatchet and I did not think. I’m extremely sorry, father. I will always think before I act.”

Although George’s father was sorry to lose his cherry tree, he was glad that George was brave enough to tell the truth and to take responsibility for his actions. He said, “I am happy that you told the truth. Truth is a quality of God. You must always practice it.” George never forgot his father’s words.

With his great qualities and love for truth, he went on to become the President of USA.[3]

Truth is defined by one source as “sincerity in action, character, and utterance”. Perhaps the most famous verse about truth in the Bible is what Jesus said “… I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) So Jesus is truth and Jesus is also the Word (John 1:1, 14).  As Christians we believe that every word in the Bible is true; this is the foundation upon which we live our lives. Knowing what the Bible says about truth and hiding God’s word in our heart helps us to know when we are listening to the Voice of Truth.

 

Conclusion

We tend to lie out of the fear of what might happen if we told the truth. With spiritual practice, our fears start reducing and we develop great qualities like truthfulness and courage.  God is Truth and He will always be. Telling and acting on the truth must be a rule of thumb for us Christians. From now on, we must learn to love the truth, and tell it we must.


[1] Taken from the Harry Potter series. Credits to Harry Potter Wiki for the aforementioned facts about the Veritaserum.

[3] Credits to Dr Raheel for this anecdote. 

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