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Day 20: Do or Do Not, There is no Try.

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 20, 2011

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

The Boolean Effect

In computer programming, there is a type called “Boolean”, which is represented by a “1” or “0”.  The value returned is either “true” or “false”.  Computers understand what humans do not; there is no middle ground between true and false.

If you have information in the statement that is not completely true, no matter how small that information might be, the value is “false”.  Anything less than 100% true is not true.

In mathematics, which is not my strong suit, let’s say you are performing a complex calculation and somewhere in that calculation you wrote that 1+1=3.  The resulting answer to the whole calculation will be incorrect even though the error was so small.

In life, there are no “white lies”.  All lies are lies and have no truth in them.  Truth is Boolean – it either is or it isn’t.

The Absence of Truth

Similarly, if you have missing information that does not complete the thought, the value is false.

Taking that same mathematical equation, let’s say that I omit any part of the formula; my end result will be incorrect.

We do this all the time by not including all the information.

Let’s say you are a teenage and are going out with your friends.

You say to your mom, “I’m going to Pete’s house.”

Once you get there, you decide to go to the mall, but you never tell your mom.

The picture you paint for your mom is that you are at Pete’s house, when in reality you are at the mall.  A story missing elements that are critical to drawing a complete picture is a lie.

So Paul tells us first to think on those things that are true.  Keeping truth in the forefront of you mind before everything else is key to keeping everything else in check.

And always remember, if you tell the truth, you have nothing to remember. If you tell lies, you have to remember everything you’ve ever said to keep your story straight.

To apply my favorite Yoda quote to Truth…

Do or Do Not, There is no Try!



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