23. The eighth commandment

  1. The eighth commandment

    The eighth commandment of the Law of God says: You shall not bear false witness. It also refers to tell lies.

   To tell false witness is to declare something which is not true and be harmful to others.

   To tell lies is to say the opposite of what it is thinked, with the intention of deceive others.

   Jesus teached us to always tell the truth. The high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I am” (Mark 14, 61-62). He told the truth, even when He suffered maltreatments and insults and even death by saying it.

   In certain ocassion, Jesus said: “Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.” (Mateo 5,37). We must imitate Jesus, because He never told a lie.

   Men is a social creature by nature, and by these we are forced to be sinceres: with God, whith ourselves and with the rest of people. Without truth it is not posible a proper cohabitation between men. In the same way that we like others be honest with us, we must be honest with them. A liar ends losing the friendship and trust of his friends. Like an old proverb says: “You can catch the liar before the cripple”

  A. There are 6 true and 2 false sentences. Answer choosing the right ones.

  The eighth commandment is: You shall not bear false witness or lies.

  False witness is to declare something which is not true.

  To lie is to tell the opposite of what you think.

  Jesus teaches us to tell the truth at certain times.

  Pontius Pilate asked: “Are you the Messiah, the son of the Blessed One?”

  By saying the truth, Jesus suffered insults and even death.

  We mustn't telling lies to our friends or parents.

  Jesus never lied.





  2. Respecting others' fame

   Fame is the most important of everybody's properties. Every men have right to their good fame and honour. By this, we can't steal or destroy other's fame. If we cause any harm to somebody's honour we must fix it.

   Falses accusations are also forbidden. Accusations are lies about sins or faults of somebody. Also, we can't unfairly divulgate hidden imperfections of others. This is called gossip.

    We musn't speak or think badly of others. We also must keep secrets.

  B. There are 5 right and 3 wrong answers. Pick the right ones.

 Fame is as important as properties

 Every men have their right to good fame

 Falses accusations are lies which unfairly tell a fault of somebody

 Sometimes we can destroy others' fame

 Gossiping is to divulgate imperfections of others.

 To defame is to give others sins or faults they haven't got.

 We must keep others' secrets.

 We musn't speak badly of others

  3. Questions from the catechism

1. What orders the eigth commandment?  The eighth commandment orders to tell the truth and respect other's fame.

2. What forbides the eight commandment?  The eight commandment forbides lies, falses accusations, gossip and all kinds of affronts against somebody's honour and fame.

3. To what are forced those who harm others' fame?  Those who harm others' fame must fix the problems they would caused.

  C. Choose the right answer. You find the answers below. 

 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS

 1. 1. What orders the eigth commandment?

 2. 2. What forbides the eight commandment?

 3. 3. To what are forced those who harm others' fame?


 ANSWERS
 A  Lies, falses accusations, gossip and all kinds of affronts against somebody's honour and fame.
 B  To tell the truth and respect other's fame.
 C  To fix the problems they would caused.

  Intentions for a Christian life

   - Don't speak badly of others or allow others to do it. If we did it, fix it as soon as possible.

   - - To recognize our own faults, without giving excuses. To always tell the truth.



 
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