The whole truth, and nothing but the truth…
Just legal systems (and governments) across the world require The Truth to serve justice properly. The Truth is discovered by gathering facts, and presenting evidence. It’s simultaneously encouraging and embarrassing when The Truth is obvious to a young child, while ‘mature’ adults play along with lies.
In 1837, Hans Christian Andersen wrote a children’s story called “The Emperor’s New Clothes“, which shares a simple truth we can learn from today…
Two swindlers arrive at the capital city of an emperor who spends lavishly on clothing at the expense of state matters. Posing as weavers, they offer to supply him with magnificent clothes that are invisible to those who are stupid or incompetent. The emperor hires them, and they set up looms and go to work. A succession of officials, and then the emperor himself, visit them to check their progress. Each sees that the looms are empty but pretends otherwise to avoid being thought a fool.
Finally, the weavers report that the emperor’s suit is finished. They mime dressing him and he sets off in a procession before the whole city. The townsfolk uncomfortably go along with the pretense, not wanting to appear inept or stupid, until a child blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all. The people then realize that everyone has been fooled. Although startled, the emperor continues the procession, walking more proudly than ever.
If we apply the lesson to, for example, today’s Misgendering furor, and see the matter in the light of Truth, we know that gender-preference deviations from originating biological gender are like the emperor’s new clothes – while the emperor may choose to pursue his fantasy, it is foolish to play along – The Truth is not hidden, and the rest of society cannot be compelled to participate in the delusion – in a just society whose legal system pursues Truth.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”