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Old 09-01-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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The Bible has a lot to say about the power of the words we speak.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue...

It's my belief that many Christians are being used to destroy other people because they don't understand the consequences of speaking forth condemnation.
Our words have consequences both to ourselves and to the hearers.

One of the 10 Commandments is "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor"...

What exactly does that mean?

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Old 09-01-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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Well not telling untruths about anyone you know which can encompass not making assumptions (gossip), stretching the real truth. I don't wanna presume to say this is what it means but IMHO it could also include using wisdom in what we share about others meaning that just because something is true does not mean it needs to be shared. I'm sure it could also include being honest in all your dealings with your fellow man.
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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The Bible has a lot to say about the power of the words we speak.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue...

It's my belief that many Christians are being used to destroy other people because they don't understand the consequences of speaking forth condemnation.
Our words have consequences both to ourselves and to the hearers.

One of the 10 Commandments is "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor"...

What exactly does that mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor; but defend him, speak well of him, and put the best construction on all that he does.

That's the "Luther's Small Catechism" answer---first thing to pop into my head.
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:40 PM
 
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We should fear and love God so that we do not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor; but defend him, speak well of him, and put the best construction on all that he does.

That's the "Luther's Small Catechism" answer---first thing to pop into my head.
That's really excellent -- those are good words to have pop into your head first!

There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers....

Proverbs 6:19
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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I've always taken it to mean not to say anything untrue about another person, which could include not saying anything that might be untrue through gossip. Think of the damage it can do to a person!

Lucy
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:45 PM
 
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its not condemnation. it's lies. saying they did it when you know they did not.
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:48 PM
 
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Default so, then, what is gossip???

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I've always taken it to mean not to say anything untrue about another person, which could include not saying anything that might be untrue through gossip. Think of the damage it can do to a person!

Lucy

With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.

Proverbs 11:9
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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its not condemnation. it's lies. saying they did it when you know they did not.
I think that there's more to it than just that... I especially like the part about "pouring out lies" in this scripture.
It speaks more to me about a person's character -- and heart attitude.

There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers....

Proverbs 6:19

A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.

Proverbs 14:5

A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who pours out lies will not go free.

Proverbs 19:5

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Old 09-01-2008, 04:05 PM
 
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Speaking lies about another.
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Old 09-01-2008, 04:20 PM
 
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Default Words have the power to destroy people...

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Speaking lies about another.
So then, it has to do with Slander???

My enemies say of me in malice,

"When will he die and his name perish?"
Whenever one comes to see me he speaks falsely,
while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it abroad.

All my enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,
"A vile disease has beset him;he will never get up from the place where he lies."

Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me...


The Zondervan, NIV Bible Commentary has this to say about their heart attitudes:

"The Words of the Enemies

The psalmist laments over the reaction to his sickness from his enemies.

Their words were filled with hatred and were void of sympathy.
They slandered, hoping that evil would triumph and the righteous and their seed would perish from the earth...
They remain filled with deception, hypocrisy, and selfishness."

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