The last couple of weeks I have served on Jury duty, and as the witnesses were called they were sworn in to tell the truth and it got me to wondering about truth. I began to think about the fact that over the last few years cameras are popping up everywhere. In our area Knoxville is placing cameras at intersections to catch those running red lights, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has a network of cameras all across the interstate to spot traffic problems and there are security cameras everywhere in the business world. Add to this the news media and their prolific news gathering teams and just everyday people with camcorders, it is amazing what is caught on camera these days.
Over the weekend their were numerous statements made by media personalities about what is the truth, then the videos and audio tapes are drugout and it didn't seem to be the same as they reported.
Why is it that we have to tell other than the truth. There are times when we just can't seem to do the right thing and confess to wrong, times when the truth would sound better. As all this documentation gets more prolific, you would think people would just tell it like it is, but we seem deteremined to bend the truth even when the evidence is there. All of these things you would think would make us more honest, but that doesn't seem to be the case. We would rather lie when the truth would sound better. Why?
Part of it, I am sure is the fact that we each see things from our point of view based on our past experience, but most of the time it is just our human nature coming out. The apostle John has something to say about our nature in his gospel.
(44) "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Maybe this is why so many people have been calling each other the devil lately in the media.