The ninth commandment says “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” It could simply say, “Thou shalt not lie.” Why doesn’t it?
By phrasing the commandment the way He did, God is telling us not only that lying is wrong, but that it is a wrong against our neighbors as well as against God and against the truth (which is reality).
When we lie, we trouble every person who is exposed to the lie. Even if they don’t believe the lie, they have still been troubled by having to deal with it. No one wants to be lied to.
The world is full of lies, and every single one of those lies – to one degree or another – defiles those who are exposed to it. This is the case whether the lie is being broadcast as news, or is being spoken by someone under your own roof.
We were created to tell the truth to each other, and when we don’t, we corrupt life for those around us.
Tell the truth, and thus be a true witness for your neighbor – not a false witness against him.
This is the way taught and lived by Jesus our Lord.