These are words we usually hear in association with a court room setting – outside of this context they are not part of our everyday language, and even less our everyday practice. There are many reasons for this: we may hold back the truth to protect the feelings of others or embellish the truth to get a laugh or to make it seem more exciting. In the environment in which we live, it is often difficult to get to the truth of the matter. Photographs can be enhanced, people can alter their appearances, news stories can be exaggerated and advertising is a law to itself.
We know that we don’t get the whole truth in our everyday lives – we filter the information that we consume, retaining some parts, ignoring some, and even adding our own views and opinions. It is vitally important that we don’t do this when it comes to the Word of God—the Bible. God does give us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
We need to read it all, accept it all and not add or take away from it. The last book in the Bible carries a warning for us in Revelation chapter 22 verses 18 and 19 “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city and from the things which are written in this book.” (NKJV)
God has a wonderful plan and purpose for this earth and an invitation for us all to be a part of it – He is faithful and will fulfil His promises.
To see a very interesting video and a more detailed explanation of this phrase, please visit our YouTube channel and watch our presentation entitled ‘The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth – the Bible’ by Steve Jones.