Friday, April 18, 2008
Half a Story, Half the Truth
It happens all the time.
We think we know what happened because our friend told us what happened, and that is all we needed to hear. We are now an authority on a subject for which we have less than half the facts.
We made our decision based on the information that was presented by a single individual or organization. And now, because we trust we have heard the truth, we have determined right and wrong, innocence and guilt, without ever receiving any other point of view.
Whether you are hearing a story from a friend, learning about a product on television, or reading an editorial online, Proverbs 18:17 says, “The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him.”
In other words, If all you have heard is one side of the story, then you haven’t even heard that.
Half a story is only half a truth and half a truth is basically a lie.
Keep in mind, the first one to present their side always has a distinct advantage in making their case. So do not make a decision until you have seen the other side of the coin. Proverbs 18:17 reminds us that just because someone told us their truth does not mean that we know the truth.