Friday, May 17, 2013

Live the Truth ... or Lie Through Your Teeth

From Facebook, my friend Joe Grabowski begins (the boldface is mine) ...

  • ... we can (and should) pray for the grace to be so rooted in the truth as to not lie even in [a crisis] situation. And there's the rub: the whole trajectory of so much of this conversation bothers me precisely because of that: do we want to live in the truth or not? Is truth important for its own sake or is it subordinated to worldly ends? If Christ IS truth, then a paramount concern for us always should be to have the most vibrant and firm relationship to the truth that we can possibly have.

  • Joe Grabowski It's a tall order, a "hard saying" - but that's the way a lot of Gospel values work in a sinful world.

  • Kevin O'Brien Joe, you're completely right. But judging from the comments in my combox, people don't even know the basic terminology, so I've got a guy claiming that Peter can deny Christ and roll that into the principle of double effect. 

    I think this debate sho
    ws a few things in the minds of the Lying Apologists.  Their behavior in this debate reveals the following ...

    1. Nobody on their side has any idea that living a Christian life is more than hitting certain external and arbitrary marks. If we can move those marks because the Magisterium has not set them firmly, good for us.

    2. "I have overcome the world" is meaningless. The world is all there is, and if we fail in a worldly task - ending abortion or at least showing abortionists up for the monsters we say they are - then we have failed as people AND as Christians. The cross is absent from this worldview.

    3. If you're not in character, you won't understand why you're saying the lines you've memorized.

    4. When pastors and bishops abandon their call to teach, then not only do you get confusion on the basics, but an utter inability even to discuss the more difficult and challenging issues, like Lying. Nobody knows even the basics of the rudiments of the assumptions behind Catholic Moral Theology. We can't even begin to begin to start to begin to discuss it.
     The only answer that works anymore is, "Live the Truth". There will be a Legion of rebuttals and hypotheticals. This debate will never end, for this devil never sleeps. 

    The ignorance we are facing can only be met by one phrase, "Live the Truth".
 Again those of us who say, "Don't Lie" are being called Pharisees because we are perceived as trying to emphasize minutiae (as if "God is Truth" is an example of nit-picking). 

I am not talking about the little things.

I am now, and have always been, talking about the one big thing.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. 

To follow Jesus, Live the Truth.

The truth is love, and you can't love by witnessing to a lie, for the devil is the father of lies and we become his sons if we love the lie.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  (John 8:44)

So Live the Truth.

Or lie through your teeth, and may your conscience give you rest.  Because the Holy Spirit and His Magisterium won't.

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