Bringing the Text to Life

Radical Honesty Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Radical Honesty

Lying is a lot of work, and does terrible damage to our relationships with God and neighbor.

At a Glance

We begin with some statistics about how often we, the general public, lie. We then move to Sam Harris' book, Lying, in which he advocates radical honesty. Since being truthful seems to be critical to keeping the ethical spirit of biblical law as enshrined in the Ten Commandments, we thought we'd take a closer look.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Diamonds from Ashes," October 2, 2005, at

Most people lie.

According to a recent survey, we bend the truth an average of 1.65 times a day.

We tell lubricating lies to keep the conversation moving, such as when we say, "I'm doing fine." We tell logistical lies such as "I'll be there soon." We tell charitable lies such as "Of course that doesn't make you look fat."

You probably saw the GEICO commercial in which the honesty of Abraham Lincoln was sorely tested. Mary Todd Lincoln stands in front of him and asks, "Does this dress make my...

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