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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

64- Truth is God Image: Christ Jesus the King صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الملك يسوع المسيح Image: Christ Jesus the King

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الملك يسوع المسيح

The Lord Christ -glory be to him- said, "And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free" (John 8:32); and also, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). So whoever keeps away from truth, keeps far away from God, and here lies the danger.

A truthful person is a person who lives according to values and principles, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. A truthful person has God's Spirit in him because God's Spirit is "the Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 15,26). Whoever keeps away from truth keeps

away from God's Spirit, and whoever separates himself from the truth separates himself from God.

A truthful person does not measure with two elements; one for his beloved and the other for others, or else he will have separated himself from the truth.

The devil separated himself from God's communion, so the Lord said "he is a liar and the father of it" (John 8:44), "He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him" (John 8:44).

See also how Ananias and Sapphira were punished for their lie. St. Peter said to Ananias, "You have not lied to men but to God" (Acts 5:4).

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