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“Truth is essential for the people of God in every aspect of life: religious, personal, social, judicial, and political.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Zechariah 8:16-17)

“We understand in Christianity that the Father is the unbegotten fountainhead of the Holy Trinity. The Son is eternally begotten of the Father and the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father. The word fountainhead means, “an original source of something.” The Father is the original source of deity, of truth, of everything, When Christ says the devil is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44), He is saying he is the original source of lies, the first liar, the first sinner, the very source of lies and sin. When Christ says, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources,” He is saying the devil is reflecting his way of being. When we live or tell lies this is who we are in spiritual union with.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“When God created the heavens and the earth, and all the things that are in them, He gave them being, existence, goodness, and truth. There was not a single false thing that was created – only true. Indeed the Fathers write about three things that are somewhat interchangeable: Goodness, Beauty, Truth. This sense of the connection between the words we speak and the goodness, beauty and truth of the world find a connection in the simple injunction: “Do not lie.” We generally think of lying as being sinful because it has the potential to cause harm. And we thus describe certain lies as “harmless.” But there is a deeper problem with lying: it attempts to create what does not exist, or, rather, to uncreate what does. It becomes the enemy of Goodness, Beauty and Truth. We should take to heart the fact that our adversary is named the “father of lies” (Jn. 8:44).” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“When it comes to lying, deceiving, and twisting the truth, the devil is truly in a class all his own. He’s a liar by nature, and his entire motivation—his reason for being—is to lie and deceive.” (Tony Evans)

“Are you in a dilemma, wondering if you should tell the truth or not? The question to ask in such moments is, Will God bless my deceit? Will he, who hates lies, bless a strategy built on lies? Will the Lord, who loves the truth, bless the business of falsehoods?” (Max Lucado)

“Lying pervades our lives. I often think we are so engaged with lying that we fail to notice. The lying begins within our own hearts. What we experience as “complexity,” particularly complexity within the soul, is often little more than a refusal to face the truth and endure its consequences. We prefer a life in which unpleasant consequences are minimized. Lying is ideal for such a life.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Once falseness takes hold in a community or nation, it seems to pervade every area of life.” (Foundation Study Bible, Jeremiah 9:3)

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