The Spirit of Truth

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

(Exodus 20:16)

A: this commandment is written, it denotes testimony in a court of law against someone accused of a crime—a moment when someone's life is in the balance. Quite obviously, whatever the reason, it is unacceptable to pervert justice by bearing false witness. There is something more subtle beneath this,- it also implies that it is unacceptable to exploit the vulnerability or weakness of others. Th s would extend beyond a court of law to business and every other area of life.

Today, with the dawn of DN'A evidence, we have discovered how unref ble eyewitness testimony can be, even with the best of intentions. The fact is that all of our observations are highly subjective and, therelore, subject to error, even in what may seem the most objective and obvious matters. It is possible to bear false witness without ever intending to do so. Thus we might read this commandment as saying: "Be mindful and alert, so that you are not deceived nor deceive."

If we know eyewitness testimony can be questionable, then surely this is even truer in terms of inner psychic and spiritual experiences, which are inherently subjective and must reflect our own thoughts and desires as much as anything coming from the Holy Spirit and divine being. Likewise, all authentic wisdom traditions speak o! deceiving spirits that seek to lead human beings astray, and Gnosticism is no exception. Thus, in the mystical journey one must learn to discern between true .md false spirits and ; rween deceptive psychic experiences and actual mystical experiences. An experienced spiritual teacher and spiritual community, as well as a proper spiritual education, are helpful in this However, it is something one must ultimately learn to do for oneself and it is of central importance in the process of self-realization. According to Gnostic Christian teachings, this commandment speaks to this as much as any other forms of bearing witness.

The power of speech is at question in thi.. commandment and the issue of right use of speech—specifically, whether or not our knowledge, words, and actions are in harmony and there is a balance between our interior and exterior life. This commandment is often interpretec as, "Do not lie " which relates not only to the idea of bearing false testimony but also to the idea of our words and actions matching. In Sophian teachings on this commandment, it also relates to any negative use of speech, such as gossip, tale-bearing, and all forms of abusi- : speech. On a basic level, it reminds us of the great power of speech anc our words, and the effect they have on ourselves and others. It encourages us to use this great power in a truthful and positive way. ■ Put simply, we might read this commandment as: Honor the Spirit o) truth, and live according to the truth and light revealed in your own experience.

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