Christianity,  Theology/Bible

John Murray on Truth and Bearing False Witness

John Murray, Principles of Conduct (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 1957), 134-35:

No warning or plea is more germane to the question of truth than that we cultivate the reserve and exercise the caution whereby we shall be preserved from rash and precipitate judgments and from the vice of peddling reports that are not authenticated by the proper evidence. And we must also strive to be blinded by no prejudice, nor impeded by the remissness of sloth and indifference, which render us impervious to the force of compelling evidence with which we are confronted. Jealously for truth and for the conviction that is correspondent will make us alert to evidence when it is presented and to the absence of evidence when it is not sufficient. The man of truth is the man of resolute, decisive conviction; he is also the man of scrupulous reserve. ‘Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people’ (Leviticus 19:16).