Not everyone lies all the time.

Not everyone lies all the time.

Acts 23:5 “Paul replied, ‘Brothers, I did not realise that he was the high priest; for it is written: “Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.”

Paul is now accused of insulting the High Priest, Ananias, who had previously ordered for Paul to be struck.

How did Paul not know it was the High Priest who ordered him to be struck? I do not know.

Was Paul simply lying? I don’t believe so.

Was Paul actually being sarcastic by faking his shock and then quoting the Scripture showing everyone that he was different to the High Priest? (Because the High Priest flouted the Scriptural law that says no one should be struck before a trial). I don’t believe so.

Luke writes it how we read it.

Paul didn’t know it was the High Priest.

There are times when we ask these questions of others.

Are they lying?

Are they being deceptive?

Are they trying to trip me up?

Are they being sarcastic? Is there a hidden agenda here?

It is not a good place to be in. We all want to trust everyone around us. Trust is everything, the basis of any relationship.

But sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say, “Only God knows” but I will accept things at face-value. I choose to believe that what people tell me is the truth. I may be naïve, but there is no evidence to suggest anything other.

It is okay to believe the best in people.

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