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"A Truth That's Told With Bad Intent"

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Announcements Forums Truth – July 22nd, 2018 "A Truth That's Told With Bad Intent"

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    Quite a number of commentaries agree that it was Miriam who spoke these ambitious words against Moses: “Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us?” But Aaron certainly did not argue with her in the least.

    To belittle Moses was to make others perceive him to be smaller than he truly was, or to paraphrase Laura Riding, to rob him of size. So it is not surprising that error would seize upon Moses’ marrying a Gentile instead of one of the daughters of Abraham.

    But whether Moses sinned or not is irrelevant here. Even if his accusers were correct, technically speaking (and this point is moot, indeed), the aphorism of William Blake fits well here:

    “A truth that’s told with bad intent
    Beats all the lies you can invent.”

    For this reason, Miriam’s and Aaron’s self-congratulatory belittling of Moses prefigures modern-day articles and books endorsed by the Boston CS establishment that deliberately underestimate the size of Mrs. Eddy’s monumental significance and stupendous achievements.


    Thank you for this post. I hadn’t heard this aphorism before. It reminds me of situations when the WHOLE truth would have been truly helpful, instead of just a partial truth. Sometimes what is OMITTED would have been the missing piece to save a lot of grief. BUT, that means facing the situation, and isn’t it more expedient for some to kick the can down the road, or just be lazy? But when the problem surfaces down the road, as they tend to do, things are worse. Which is why I love Mrs. Eddy’s statement, “Honesty is spiritual power.” (S&H p. 453) And also, “When needed tell the truth concerning the lie. Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle. … A dishonest position is far from Christianly scientific. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: …” (S&H p. 448). The warnings are all there!

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