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23 MAY 2017


Chapter 7


Half-truths are deceptive statement, especially ones that are only partly true, are incomplete, or otherwise misrepresents reality... A deceptive statement that include some element of truth.

We shall look at the first earthly experience known, that of Adam and Eve. This story is so famous that I will just briefly recap it here.

Adam and Eve were placed into the Garden of Eden by God. God had commanded them not to eat of the “forbidden” fruit saying, that if they ate of it they would die. Satan, through a serpent, tempted Adam and Eve to eat of the fruit. Eve ate of the fruit because she was deceived. Adam also ate but was not deceived.

I have encapsulated here several scriptural referenced for this story.

Genisis 2: 16-17

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

2 Nephi 2: 18

And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said untoEve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, who is the father of all lies, wherefore he said: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

Moses 4: 6

And Satan put it into the heart of the serpent, (for he had drawn away many after him,) and he sought also to beguile Eve, for he knew not the mind of God, wherefore he sought to destroy the world.

1 Timothy 2:14

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Moses 6:48

And he said unto them: Because that Adam fell, we are; and by his fall came death; and we are made partakers of misery and woe.

Moses 5:12

And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.

The Lie: Ye shall not die…

The Truth: Ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

Satan here takes a lie and combines it with a truth - creating a half truth. Satan’s cunning trick is to use this half truth to deceive Eve by presenting something believable and using those aspects of his statement that can be shown to be true and desirable as good reason to believe the statement is true in its entirety, or the statement represents the whole truth. Eve, the person whom is deceived by a half truth, will then consider the half-truth to be knowledge and act accordingly.

This type of cunning trick is to place emphases on the truth and diminish the false in order to get the whole accepted. Satan also used this technique to deceive 1/3 the host of heaven into accepting his plan in the Great War. As discussed in Chapter 4, Satan could not deliver on his promise of taking away our agency (forcing us) and then delivering eternal life. This misrepresents the truth because agency is required for eternal lives... One part truth – One part lie.

I want you to see a fundamental difference in the half-truth told by Satan for Eve and the one for the War in Heaven. With Eve, her desire was in the Truth; i.e. to become like unto God knowing good and evil (avoiding consequences). In the Great War the desire was for the Lie; i.e., to have eternal lives without agency (getting consequences which do not follow the appropriate actions).

The Half-truth is use so widely in Politics and LAW. The reputation of a political candidate or defendant can be irreparably damaged if he or she is exposed in a lie, so a complex style of language has evolved to minimize the chance of this happening. If someone has not said something, they cannot be accused of lying. As a consequence, the areas of politics and law have become a world where half-truths are expected, and political statements are rarely accepted at face value.

Examples of a half truth:

  • There are two sides to a coin. Missing Something - Actually a coin is a small flat cylinder and there are three sides: top, side and bottom.
  • Lie and Truth
  • Leading to false idea.

In out court system, we affirm the oath to “TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. We should be used to this type of trick but we still fall for it.

My conclusion:
When facing a half-truth one should discount the entire statement no matter how appealing the statement. Remember the practice of half-truth is to DECIEVE.

Another place half truths is used is in Statistics. However, we shall deal with statistics in the next chapter.