52. Eighth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

  Introduction

   The Gospel reveals that in the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish presented false witnesses who accused him of many things to condemn. Facing these, Jesus was silent. He only spoke when the High Priest asked him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of God?" (Mark 14, 61). And he confessed the truth suffering many outrages and death.

    The Eighth Commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness or lie" is very necessary, especially when relations between men are marred by so many lies, slander and false testimony.

  A. Choose one of these words and answer: true, false, God, Lucifer, life and death.

 Jewish presented witnesses before Jesus

 Are you the Messiah, the Son of

 By telling the truth, Jesus suffered outrages and






  Main ideas

1. Jesus taught to tell the truth

   Over his examples, Jesus teaches us to tell the truth, even though this will cause him much suffering and death. Saint Thomas said that the truth is something divine: we must respect it and love it. It sometimes demands a lot of effort; but we will be brave to always say the truth.

    Jesus once said: "But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes ' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil (Matthew 5, 37). It is a good motto to help us be sincere and loyal to God, to ourselves and to others.

2. Damage of lies

   As a match can destroy a forest, the lie can destroy great things like the friendship or the parent confidence. Then, despite the liar tell the truth, no one will believe anything. To live in society, it is essential to be honest and tell the truth. We must make an effort to be sincere with ourselves. Although we must never lie, sometimes we must be silent to keep a secret or not to harm another person.

3. Reasons for that lie

   We often lie because of fear or shame of being discovered; sometimes, to get out of trouble or to joke. It can be a mortal sin to lie on important issues, or knowing that we do serious damage.

    If the common or individual good not required being silent, a Christian should always tell the truth, even unto martyrdom, which is the supreme witness to the truth of faith.

  B. There are 8 true sentences and 3 false sentences. Click on the true ones.

 Jesus taught to tell the truth

 Saint Augustine says that the truth is something divine: we must respect it and love it

 We have to be brave to tell the truth and not lie

 The Virgin said: "But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes ' or 'No, no',

 If we lie to our friends or parents, we will lost their friendship and confidence

 Sometimes we must be silent to keep a secret or not to harm another person

 Sometimes you lie out of fear or shame of being discovered

 The Christian must tell the truth, except in martyrdom

 The liar is caught before a lame

 When we lie, we lost friends

 Jesus is the truth and the devil the lie

4. The eighth commandment orders to respect the honor of others

   The honor is more important than material goods.

    a) Modes of destroying the honor.

        • The slander, which is exaggerating the faults of others and say they have done something wrong knowing that is not true.

        • The defamation by disseminating unfairly hidden defects of others.

        • The perjury, stating in court something that is not true and harm to the neighbor.

        • The rash judgment, which is to think badly of others without just cause.

        • Violating the secrecy, which shows what must be silent.

    b) Performance of the Christian. Whoever hears of others is bound to not hear what is said and courageously defend or excuse, if what it is said is true.

    c) Obligation to restore honor. God wants us to be like the guardians of the good name of others. The person who destroys this good reputation sins gravely, if the defect discovered or the damage caused is serious. The person who has damaged the reputation of others is obliged to repair, that is, he must say publicly that what he said is not true. The repair must be done so sin can be forgiven.

5. To care for and to defend our good reputation

   During the trial before the Sanhedrin, a servant slapped Jesus who answered Caiaphas. And the Lord defended himself: "If I spoke wrong, show me what, and although why do you strike me?" (John 18, 23). Jesus gives an example of how to defend the good name when we are attacked unfairly.

6. We can help others with fraternal correction

   Charity will lead us to say nobly, to say things face to face. Say things in truth and charity is to help our brothers with the fraternal correction. We can remember what Jesus said: "The truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).


Catechesis course. Mister Jaime Pujol Balcells and Mister Jesus Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. with the permission of the authors.


  C. There are 6 true sentences and 2 false sentences. Click the true ones

 Slander is exaggerating the faults of others

 defamation is unfairly spread the hidden defects of others

 Perjury is to think badly of others without just cause

 Rash judgment is to declare something that is not true at trial

 Violate the secrecy is when we say what should be silenced

 He who hears badly of others is obliged not listen

 He who has damaged the reputation of others is obliged to repair

 We can help each other with fraternal correction

  Catechisms Questions

1. What commands the eighth commandment?  The eighth commandment commands tell the truth and respect the reputation of others.

2. What prohibits the eighth commandment?  The eighth commandment forbids lie, slander or defamation, perjury, rash judgment and any offense against the honor and reputation of others.

3. What are obliged those who have hurt others in your fame?  Those who have hurt others in his fame are obliged to repair as much as possible damage.

  Choose the correct button. The possible answers are below 

 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS

 What commands the eighth commandment?

 What prohibits the eighth commandment?

 What are obliged those who have hurt others in their fame?


 POSSIBLE ANSWERS
 A  Lie, calumny, slander or defamation, perjury, rash judgment and any offense against the honor and reputation of others.
 B  Tell the truth and respect the reputation of others.
 C  Repair possible damage.

  Purposes of Christian life

- Do not speak badly of others or not allow others to do so; if we have done badly, and then repair the damage.

- Recognize our faults, without apology.



 
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