The Truth Will Not Set You Free

I love hearing people quote what they think is scripture. There are tons out there, and I will try to get some articles to touch on them, but one of my favorites is John 8:32. The problem with that verse it that people usually quote it out of context. It’s a very short verse, yet it is still cut in half. “The truth will set you free” is what you will hear over and over again. Is that it? No qualifications needed? Well, I’m glad you asked.

It actually starts out like this: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.

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Wait, I see a conditional statement there – Then you will know the truth. Yep, one condition is knowing what the truth is in the first place. But something is still bugging me about that quote. The use of the word ‘Then’ implies that something has to happen before you can even know the truth – a pre-qualification exists!

At this point, those same people that quote this scripture (all wrong mind you) shrug me off and say that I’m picking nits. Yep. Splitting hairs and picking nits. What better waste of time; to actually try to understand instead of just blindly accepting what everyone thinks the truth is.

Now we actually have to put our thinking and reading caps on (remember those?) Including Verse 31 it reads: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Ahhhh. It makes a bit more sense now. We have another condition, and pre-qualification here. First you have to hold to Christs teachings before you can even be called his disciple, which will lead you into knowing the truth, thereby setting you free.

I wont discuss that further here, because I just want to harp on the fact that people misquote scriptures to mean one thing, when the usually don’t have a clue.

To them I say, Do some actual reading. Apply some critical thinking. Question things.

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