Piddingworth Greg Benton
|Honour all men.
Honour the King.
| "You are of your father the devil,
and the desires of your father you want to do.
He was a murderer from the beginning,
and does not stand in the truth,
because there is no truth in him.
When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources,
for he is a liar and the father of it."
Jesus of Nazareth (John 8.44)
Liar, liar, pants on fire!
American schooyard rhyme
We are, it seems, forever surrounded by liars and their lies.
It would be impossible to give an accurate and up-to-date statistic
for how many lies have been told so far this year like those
other things listed by the rather revealing World Clock,
from Peter Russell, e.g., as of writing there have been
93,395,187 births, 39,743,451 deaths, 1,135,707,635 internet users,
and 32,031,957 abortions...which, if the little kids had been
permitted to live, would have changed the birth statistic
to 125,427,144 or children actually conceived and existing.
Hmmm. There doesn't show any statistic for the reasons
why so many women chose to kill their babies, excuse
me, I mean 'foetus' which means 'non-human glob of stuff'...
oh, wait a minute, that's a lie! It actually means 'offspring' or 'suckling'.
So, in truth, over 32 million human offspring never became sucklings.
Oh well, as former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is supposed to have
said: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.'
I suspect that the number of lies actually committed in word or deed
already this year would dramatically exceed the estimated statistic
for the world's population of 6,620,566,114 and counting.
What is a lie anyway? We've heard of black lies, white lies, little lies,
big lies, fibs, hurtful lies, unhurtful lies, serious lies, joking lies,
as well as 'doublespeak', 'gobbledygook', 'oxymorons', decronstructed
lies, fraud, falsehoods, pretense, perjury and bearing false witness,
fallacies, false memory, deception, and even 'hoaxes'.
Whatever type of lie, it is something that does not live in the truth,
i.e., the objective reality of that which is good whether in our own
minds or in the mind of God who is pure truth.
Whether the lies we tell are 'sins' depends on other criteria.
In the meantime, because we are surrounded by lies and liars,
we ought to 'put on the whole armour of God' to resist the
onslaught of deception, temptation and destruction that
others use to manipulate, use, or even destroy.
Of course, there is a big difference between lying about
what one thinks of someone's art (the best answer is always
'that's interesting') and telling someone that you love them
in order to have your way with them or saying something false
about somebody that will ruin their lives.
When a politician breaks a promise he may or may not be telling
a lie...it all depends on whether what is true is his intent or whether
what he intended is deliberately used to gain something, e.g., votes
or power. It's probably more the latter and that ought to enliven
any electorate to put on their 'bull****' filters before trusting someone
to exercise authority over their lives.
Lies, deep down, are really the words and acts of betrayal, not only
of trust (which is good and true) but of the very self. When we
betray others, we betray ourselves, we lie to ourselves about who
and what we are in ourselves, i.e., human beings created for good.
Then there is 'The Big Lie', a term popularised in George Orwell's novel,
1984, where 'newspeak' has two mutally contradictory meanings' that
informs the habit of saying that 'black is white' and 'white is black'
in 'contradiction of the plain facts'. Whew! George was a prophet!
Never mind the news media that so distorts 'the plain facts' to serve
it's own perverse interest, the contradiction, the Big Lie, like that
expression, 'a women's right to choose' (instead of deliberately
terminating the life of a child) has become so immersed in our
popular culture that the truth is hidden from view and the evil
abounds and tacitly, even explicitly accepted as 'true' and 'good'.
What was 'good' is 'evil'. What was 'evil' is 'good'.
M. Scott Peck, M.D., the author of The Road Less Travelled, also
wrote a powerful book titled 'The People Of The Lie'. In it he
determines the nature of evil, 'militant ignorance', that is The Lie,
through a series of analyses of certain of his own patients.
Evil arises out of free choice where 'every person stands at a crossroads,
with one path leading to God, and the other path leading to the devil.
The path of God is the right path, and accepting this path is akin to
submission to a higher power. However, if a person wants to convince
himself and others that he has free choice, he would rather take a path
which cannot be attributed to its being the right path.
Thus, he chooses the path of evil which forms in the human
person as a 'character disorder'.
He asserts that truly evil people realize the evil deep within themselves
but are unable to tolerate the pain of seeing or admitting to themselves
that they are evil. Habitually, they run away from their evil by putting
themselves in a position of moral superiority where they can falsely
place the evil onto others. This is the authentic 'Liar'.
Anti-semites, and neo anti-semites, 'blame' the Jews for just about
everything. How many people do you know are constantly, repeatedly
blaming George W. Bush for the evils in the world. This is certainly
a defining characteristic of the 'global anti-globalisation' anarchists...
who blame Iraq on Bush and the Jews, Afghanistan the same, 9/11
was a Bush conspiracy, Sweat shops in Indonesia...Bush's fault,
Global anti-global warming...Bush. It used to be Ronald Reagan but
he's gone. Bush is undoubtedly responsible for a lot of things,
including some good things, but it is lie to make him out to be
the Father Of All Lies whose influence, contrary to the newspeak,
is somewhat greater than even the United States of America.
And the malignancy of this ignorance and deceit grows
in the fertile fields planted and cultivated by liars, malicious
and ignorant, as more and more are add to the legion.
The kinds of people who habitually repeat the gobbledygook of
newspeak; whose interest in themselves is disguised by the thin
veneer of 'Oprah-like' feel-good sentiment, are invariably those
who cannot look into the moral mirror of their own character
where there is little if any truth to be seen. Those who are
forcibly made to see themselves and even the truth itself
are the 'self-loathing' amongst us whose personality in the
moral, political, historical arenas of our society has dramatically
risen in recent decades.
The Big Lie gang even dominate, in varying degrees, the very institutions
built to defy the Big Lie. The United Nations, built after Hitler's Big Lie
about man, superman and the Jews, with noble intentions has
itself become a vehicle for the same where evil tyrants and
murderers sit at the same table and determine policy with
those whose who, though not perfect or 'without sin' remain
true that noble purpose. Liars abound...in governments, labour
unions, business corporations, the Church, the military, and, good grief,
in charitable organisations whose use of funds truthfully donated
for relief or a cure or whatever, sometimes find their way into
the back of a limo on it's way to Las Vegas or Monte Carlo,
or to buy weapons that can be used to starve, murder and
destroy whole groups of people. What a sunami! How about
that Katrina! Anyone for Darfur or Zimbabwe?
Like most things that are both true and good for human beings,
the antidote to lies and The Big Lie and to Liars, is to be found
first, 'at home'...not a house...but the hearth of heart in the self,
one's very soul, wherein the eternal Truth dwells in every
It is the place, one's 'mirror', where, by choice, each of us
seeks to 'inform' our character with what is true, loving,
wise and good. That way, when we do look, even if
it is sometimes painful, we do not run away like those
'People Of The Lie', but cleanse ourselves of the lies
we have lived or said, so that we can begin anew in our
journey toward the fulness of Truth. 'A contrite heart'
God will not despise. That is why there is the sometimes
mind-boggling contrast between those who, knowing that
they have lived a lie, told lies, acted out a lie, but in the
end reject and turn away from them, are of greater virtue
than those who in their wilful ignorance just keep on
pretending that their 'lies aren't so bad'.
In the second instance, there is a corporate or collective
responsibility that is required of us to assert the truth
from our consciences and into the world in which we live.
The Common Good that is at stake is precarious without
a determined and vigilant commitment toward decency
and the principles of a truly 'human' society.
It may or may not be political in the formal sense, but
it usually does require the virtue of courage.
The advocates, often through the voices of young people,
to preserve human life from the atrocity that is abortion
is one example but there are, sadly, so many, many
So much of what we knew to be 'true' just a few
decades ago has been surrendered. In some places
'marriage' has been abolished and nature overturned.
Sodomy, fornication, buggery are now celebrated
with the approval and participation of our political
and civic leaders.
The lie that is 'political correctness' has insidiously overtaken
much of our public life and institutions. There is 'fear' for
offending the enemies of way of life, our identity, our
civilisation, our principles and sometimes our souls.
It will require more than 'a voice crying in the wildnerness'
to put a stop to this wreckage that, if it were to ultimately
achieve it's end, would cover the globe and sentence
our succeeding generations to misery and darkness.
Evil and the lies it promotes and generates, if it has it's way,
will, like a giant tumour, overcome the good and the
innocent and even our way of life of freedom and
prosperity; both our material and spiritual fulfilment.
It is not enough simply to put on the 'armour' but often
necessary to take up the sword against the foe.
The sword can be the truth that we proclaim with our
mouths but it can also be that which we slay with all of
Jesus said: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
I believe Him and in Him.
For those who do not, however, there is still a way,
a truth and a life that, by common sense, by our
inherent nature as rational, moral human beings,
can be found. Listen to the voice of the Liar. If it
conjures up in your conscience something that just
doesn't ring true; if it animates discomfort and unease;
if it seems to contradict the plain facts....
turn away from it and devote yourself to learning
more of the accepted truths that have been embraced
and honoured in the generations that have lived
amidst the lies of the past.
Let us choose to not become another lie,
damned lie, or even just a statistic.
GE Benton, updated 3 July 2013
|Jesus expels the Devil - Duccio di Buoninsegna|
by Enrico Mazzanti