Friday, June 7, 2013

Ether 3:12

"And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie."
Ether 3:12

A fundamental part of who God is is about truth and honesty.  I think that is a huge thing to remember as we are striving to become like God... that lying isn't cool.  We shouldn't be deceiving other people, promising things that we never intend to give, etc.  I like that God "canst not lie."  ... It's just so against who he is, because he IS truth and love and all of those things.  He wouldn't do that to us.  One thing I love about God's truthful nature/dedication is that it isn't like the dystopias of worlds without fiction.  Christ spoke in parables, and God teaches us through symbolic representation all the time in allegory, and throughout the scriptures.  A world without deception is not a world without stories.  God's stories often teach us truth as well... in a deeper way, where we have to really study it, and it is more valuable to us because of that... we rarely listed when the truth is handed to us, but when we work to find it out, and realize it on our own, we have done the work to realize it on a different level.
Today, let's remember that God wants us to learn truth.  Both to glean it from the world around us, and to also share it with others.  Let's not deceive anyone today.  And for those of us that are writers and storytellers, let's also remember that fiction and deception are different things in this context.  Even in our fiction, let's champion the truth.

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