Are You Veridical?


How do you respond when the spotlight of truth shines on you?

A natural reaction to my question would be, “What the heck is that?”

If I answered, “Why, it’s simply the product of my virtually endless vocabulary,” I would not be veridical; I would be a liar. Veridical is one of the words I’ve received from Dictionary dot com’s Word of the Day. This particular word is noteworthy because it succinctly encapsulates (okay, now I’m just showing off) a character trait that I long to embody, just like Jesus did.

An example of varidicality cites the George Washington mythos that has the six-year-old little man chopping down a cherry tree, and when his father Augustine challenges him about it, little George is reputed to have said, “I cannot tell a lie; I did cut it with my hatchet.” As he sported the very highest of manly character from an early age, his taking a swing at his father’s cherry tree seems unlikely indeed, though if he had, he certainly would have confessed it.

Speaking of confessions, I must not tell a lie: I am a natural a liar. Truth has always seemed a luxury I couldn’t afford when it would expose me to my actions’ consequences. Even since accepting Christ’s Lordship and realizing the necessity of truth-telling, the temptation to lie has plagued me. Temptation, however is not a sin, so when I feel that old urge to polish the truth just a smidge, the prospect of violating my Savior’s sacred trust repulses me.

Truth is such a rare commodity in this fallen world that it seems like a luxury when just a little white lie could smooth life’s path. When you’re tempted to to polish the truth, just remember what Jesus said to the self-righteous, religious Jews in John 8:44, “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.” Notice how Jesus grouped lying with murder, for lying indeed murders the truth.

So, am I veridical? Truth be told, not at all in my own power. But I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

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5 thoughts on “Are You Veridical?

  1. When we choose to break one of the Commandments Jim, we have broken them all but that’s in reference to God’s Commandments not man made rules or traditions or Satan’s lies, he seeks to condemn. Very True, Breaking the Commandments shows lack of Love for God and others, we choose to obey and The Holy Spirit empowers us so we can.

    Christian Love Always – Anne

    • Excellent point, Anne. Often I forget that sin is sin; there is no little sin or big sin. If we care enough about spending eternity with God to tread the sawdust trail, it only follows that we will care enough to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12). I love that passage because it apparently contradicts the doctrine of grace, and because I know God’s Word never contradicts itself, I feel compelled to either discover how it fits in, or simply take it on faith. That bothers me not in the least, because much of His Word seems incomprehensible to individual Christ-followers. Through His Holy Spirit, different passages are understood by and speak to different people. In fact, one important purpose of Christ’s Body is to corporately discern God’s full counsel. Lone-wolf believers are almost always unbalanced in their personal beliefs because they lack that broader insight into God’s Word.

      I need to develop my thoughts on this issue more fully, and then post it to TWDB, praying that the right people will read it. Thanks again for your insights, Anne.

      In Christ’s love,
      James

  2. In reference to being a lone wolf Jim, Captain Cook was laughed at, Martin Luther was rejected and even Jesus’ earthly family called Him mad etc but of course Darwin was right off base and others have been too, so yes as you shared, Trusting in your own or others understanding without confirmation of Scripture leads to error.

    I’m going to leave you some links Jim which will save wordage here, also my previous comment will give more insight,. the first link is a message about my own Confusion and the second, my Amazing Qualifications to share God’s Truth..

    Confusion – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/my-battle-with-confusion/
    Qualifications – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/i-have-all-the-needed-qualifications/

    The Scriptures confirm we are saved by Grace but we will show we have it , we don’t work for our Salvation we work it out also confirmed in Scripture as you said which means we put our Carnal flesh to death and aim to be perfected in Love, can we loose our Salvation ? No not if we have it and we will if we are known by God as His own He chooses us to be conformed into the image of Jesus, by His foreknowledge of our heart repentance and He tells us not one of us will be lost.

    Faith without works is dead but this is not man’s carnal works but those God has prepared in advance for us to do and He equips and empowers us to do them.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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