February 17, 2017 - Semantic Deceit

"Semantic deceit" is the selective use of words or definitions in order to deceive. Some have defined "law" as the masterful use of language.

Jesus addressed the tendency of lawyers (scribes were the legal experts or teachers of the law) to "adjust" the meaning or intent of words and phrases to suit an agenda:

How terrible it will be for you, legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites!... [you] say, 'If people swear by the temple, it's nothing. But if people swear by the gold in the temple, they are obligated to do what they swore.' You foolish and blind people! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold holy?  (Mat 23:15-17 CEB)

Throughout the gospel record these legal experts and Pharisees are shown attempting to trick Jesus into committing himself into error by asking carefully worded questions.

Our legal system today is replete with definitions and redefined words purposely designed to confuse or trick us into committing or obligating ourselves into their 'sandbox.' 

When we play in their 'sandbox' we have to play by their rules. In a nut shell their rules can be summed up as "They win we loose."

Remember the the words from the movie War Games, "The only winning move is not to play."

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