People in power make better liars. No, I didn’t come up with that one. The entire study can be found here.
The results can be found here:
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8 KJV)
When did we allow lying to us become a reason for electing people to lead us? Did we forget the result of lying? Or do we no longer believe the Bible is true?
Do we take a sense of pride in NOT being the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters – and simply ignore the fact that we not only accept lies from others, but we use them to our own advantage?
The article states: “Ordinary lie-tellers experience negative emotions, decrements in mental function, and physiological stress,” as though this were something new. I can tell them, without any more studies than my own experiences, that lying scars our conscience to the point that it becomes hardened and lying comes more easily. I can also tell that powerful people attract followers trying to climb them to their own power stations, and those followers will offer more lies.
Truth, on the other hand, means freedom.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32 KJV)
The Messiah, the one who is truth itself, told us this.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV)
Men acknowledged such then – and now.
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. (Matthew 14:33 KJV)
Some said it with ulterior motives then – and now.
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. (Matthew 22:15-16 KJV)
In truth, how far are you from the kingdom of God?
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. (Mark 12:32-34 KJV)