This is a subsidiary post of Truth.
- Defining Truth (because understanding what is against truth helps us more clearly define what is truth)
This post was originally titled “Scriptures on That Which Is Not the Truth.” First, I changed the title to “Anti-Truth.” Then I chose “Against Truth” because it fit a pattern I had set with Against Righteousness and Against Faith.
- Antonyms of Truth
- God Cannot Lie
- Hypocrisy, Pretense, Disguise…
- Liars, Lies, and Lying
- Myths, Fables, and Tales
Knowing the truth is critical…and wonderful (John 8:30, 31, 32). Part of knowing the truth is distinguishing it from what is not the truth. That’s what the following verses help us do.
By the way, here are some words not found in the Bible (at least not found in the NASB) which are antonyms of truth: disinformation, half-truths, innuendo, mendacity, prevarication. The very existence and usage of such words bears witness that we live in a world where truth is often corrupted.
Because so many people avoid the truth, the oath administered in a court room goes like this: Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? I emphasized the middle phrase because it seems we see people telling partial truths much more than outright lies – so that the former is causing even more damage than the latter.
Here then is a sampling of verses which talk about things which work against the truth:
Matthew 16:6 – This “leaven” that the Pharisees added to the word of the Lord was hypocrisy (Luke 12:1). The Pharisees lied about their status before God by pretending a level of piety they had not actually achieved. Hypocrisy is a lie. Thus the Pharisees were the opposite of what Jesus saw in Nathanael (John 1:47 below).
Luke 1:4 – We wouldn’t consider “inexact truth” to be “against the truth.” Nevertheless, truth that is more precise is preferable to truth that is less precise.
John 1:47 – deceit (John 1:47 KJV renders it “guile”)
John 8:44 – We can thus think of the devil as “the spirit of lies” or “the spirit of lying” because he is a “liar,” just as we think of the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of Truth” as referenced by Jesus in John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13.
John 14:17 – Contrast this “Spirit of truth” with the alternative, as in the note above on John 8:44.
John 15:26 – Contrast this “Spirit of truth” with the alternative, as in the note above on John 8:44.
John 16:13 – Contrast this “Spirit of truth” with the alternative, as in the note above on John 8:44.
John 18:38 – Pilate is implying that there is no such thing as truth.
Romans 1:18 – Suppressing the truth is, of course, a form of lying.
2 Corinthians 6:8 – “…regarded as deceivers and yet true;”
2 Corinthians 11:3 – Through craftiness, the serpent deceived Eve: 1 Timothy 2:14.
2 Corinthians 12:20 – disputes, slanders (see 1 Peter 2:12 below for definition), gossips (“gossip” being defined as “typically involving details not confirmed as true” – Google)
2 Corinthians 13:8 – “against the truth” v. “for the truth”
Ephesians 4:14 – trickery, craftiness, deceitful scheming
Ephesians 4:25 – falsehood
Colossians 2:8 – “philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
Philippians 1:8 – pretense
1 Thessalonians 2:5 – flattering speech, pretext
2 Thessalonians 2:10 – Let us love the truth that we might not fall prey to deception.
James 1:22 – delude
James 3:14 – A lie is “arrogant” and is “against the truth.”
James 5:19 – Do not “stray from the truth.”
1 Peter 2:12 – slander (defined as “making false and damaging statements about someone” – Google)
2 Peter 1:16 – The apostles’ testimony does not consist of “cleverly devised tales.”
1 John 2:21 – No lie is of the truth. See also John 8:44.
1 John 4:6 – The spirit of error is clearly not of the spirit of truth.
2 John 1:7 – deceivers, deceiver, antichrist
Exodus 20:16 – false witness
Proverbs 8:13 – perverted
Isaiah 29:24 – err
Zechariah 8:17 – perjury (literally “false oath“)