The Limits of Honesty

How do you choose to be honest? Are there limits to honesty? I'm sure I could wax all kinds of psychological with this. I could stray into the scientific but I don't have my MRIs in front of me. If you want to approach from a purely theological means, by all means. I don't really know how else I can do that except to either tell you that: "God is honest." Or by pulling and pointing out scriptures and lacing them together with my own thoughts and hoping a fresh perspective arises therefrom. That's my hope. And here's my first one:

"Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds." (Colossians 3:9)

Our mission

When I say how, as in what are the paths through which you release said sensitive and/or privileged information? Why? Why do you choose to be honest and, here's the one: tell the truth? Different for everyone, no? Is it because God is transparent? Is it because He's revealed everything He needed when He sent Jesus. Everything, that is, pertaining to the human condition. And our mission (whether or not we "choose" to accept it is neither here nor there) is to be like Him, no? Following this logic, assuming I've done all I can to truly know the Lord (a lot of which, I couldn't have done without Paul's writings), does this mean I can dispense with those He chooses and chose to use to expound on His ethos? Can I even call it that? I love this phrase: "the tenets of Jesus" but it's one click away from being gimmick. I digress. Was Jesus honest? Sure. He was so honest He could tell His disciples "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." (John 16:12) He continues on with "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." (vv 13-14)

Jesus is saying there are things the disciples couldn't hear by virtue of weakness. At least I feel it boils down to that. Information that God gives necessarily requires all of our powers brought to bear--to where it becomes effortless and part of our nature--to see it held fast in our body. Jesus says the Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of Truth", here after Jesus' death to "glorify" Him. The first part of the next verse from the passage from John says "All things that the Father hath are mine...". And here we have Paul expounding a bit further in his letter to the Christians in Corinth. "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's." (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)

Our omission

"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards." (Proverbs 29:11)

All his mind, eh? Look at it this way. Well, firstly, I should say that I love to talk. I feel that my mind works much, much faster than my mouth and certainly faster than my fingers. I say (and type) all of this to say that I have a proclivity to spill my guts for no good reason. I run into people who inadvertently step into my stream of consciousness and before I know it, I've overwhelmed them and while they're not necessarily inclined to use said information against me (I don't know this for a fact, though), I have just given out secrets and pieces of myself that I may not get back. I'm serious. There are little instances and memories and joys that I have experienced with friends and family or alone (with God) that I may then forget or that may lose their potency and poignancy upon release. As an aside, I feel this is the reason why certain childhood joys come back for no reason, it seems. Because God wants to give back those erstwhile vestiges of beauty and peace and presence. Notice how Solomon says "afterwards". Not sure exactly the timeframe to which He's referring. We grow stronger all the time but there should always be things you keep to yourself. In closing, I should just like to point out that, yes, prayer changes things and God would love to hear your thoughts about the state of the world in general and yours in particular. But if you're an introvert, more power to you. Just know that we are to love God with all our mind and not just heart and soul.

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