A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
There was a time when people thought very seriously and carefully before daring to tell a lie. The sense of honor and decency would trump any consideration in favor of deception. In social groups that practice the system of good faith, telling a lie, however small it may seem, has serious consequences for he who tells it for he can no longer function under that system. In social groups where there is not a presumption of good faith, typical of Latin cultures, the only way to prove something is through the presentation of documents that are registered , notarized, certified, apostilled, endorsed, validated, approved, in quadruplicate and so on and so forth. Deception attacks the foundations of good faith and when successful everyone ends up living in insecurity and suspicion. Nothing is reliable anymore and uncertainty takes hold of our lives because we do not find whom to believe.
Fortunately, God took the initiative to establish a way for us to find someone to trust. He made truth himself come to earth to occupy the place that deceit had conquered through the wiles of Satan. The apostle John puts it this way: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Every effort we make to establish or preserve the truth brings us closer to our Lord Jesus Christ, who was revealed to the world as truth himself. To the concerns Pilate expressed while questioning the Lord Jesus, before sending him to the crucifixion, the Master replied: “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Pilate, as the good Latin man he was, answered with another question, typical of those who do not know the truth because they have never cared to make use of it: “What is truth?” Dear reader, if you want to know what truth is just direct your gaze to the face of the Lord Jesus and you will have the only answer to the eternal and universal question for he is the way, and the truth, and the life. To God alone be the glory!