Lk 16:29-31 (NKJV) Abraham said to him, ’They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ’No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ’If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ “
A polygraph (commonly referred to as a lie detector) is an instrument that measures and records several physiological responses such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions. The polygraph measures physiological changes caused by the Sympathetic Nervous System during questioning. Within the Federal Government, a polygraph examination is also referred to as a psycho-physiological detection of deception (PDD) examination.
The idea that lying produces physical side-effects has long been claimed. In West Africa persons suspected of a crime were made to pass a bird’s egg to one another. If a person broke the egg, then he or she was considered guilty, based on the idea that their nervousness was to blame. In Ancient China the suspect held a handful of rice in his or her mouth during a prosecutor’s speech. Since salivation was believed to cease at times of emotional anxiety, the person was considered guilty if by the end of that speech the rice remained dry. The origins of the modern polygraph date to 1913, when William Moulton Marston, a psychology student at Harvard University, used the systolic blood-pressure test as a method of lie detection. He wrote a second paper on the concept in 1915, when finishing his undergraduate studies. He entered Harvard Law School and graduated in 1918, re-publishing his earlier work in 1917. A more complex device recording both blood-pressure and galvanic skin response was invented by Dr. John A. Larson of the University of California and first applied in law enforcement work by the Berkeley Police Department under its nationally renowned police chief August Vollmer. The first time the term “polygraph” was used was in 1908 by James MacKenzie in his invention the “ink polygraph,” which was used for medical reasons. Marston nevertheless remained the device’s primary advocate, endlessly lobbying for its use in the courts. In 1938 he published a book, The Lie Detector Test, wherein he documented the theory and use of the device. Nevertheless he was not above a little faked publicity, and in 1938 appeared in advertising by the Gillette company claiming that the polygraph showed Gillette razors were better than the competition.  
Although unapproved for court use the lie detector may have been helpful in determining truth from error in some cases. There is no scientific evidence detailing the accuracy or inaccuracy of this method of obtaining the truth. In court cases as well as life there is a need to find the truth. What really happened and how. Because it is hard to tell if a person is lying or telling the truth a method was developed to try to tap into the subconscious reactions of an individual who is not being truthful. These so called involuntary bodily reactions are then monitored with a polygraph machine to indicate when a falsehood is most likely occurring. There are many people who are very good at deception. I can think of many magicians who are famous for tricking people into believing something that is not true. The better they are at perfecting their slight of hand and illusions the more famous they become. The smartest and the brightest of us can be deceived into believing something that is not true. With the advent of instant messages and email falsehoods can be spread instantaneously around the world. Many false rumors and stories have circulated the web since its advent. A whole web site is dedicated to debunking Internet hoaxes. Snopes.com web catalogue includes categories for crime, movies, folklore, religion, politics, medical, holidays, military, and many more. Under the heading for religion I found 40 or more listings of stories that have circulated the Internet at one time or another. Some are just too fanciful to believe but others are far easier to digest and hold out as truthful. One such story fabricates that Robert Schuller’s daughter witnessed to John Wayne who then received Christ as his savior. Although a great story it is totally devoid of truth. Christians are told to speak to one another in truth. Eph 4:25 We live in a world of fallen man and deception is all around us. Shadows of truth intermingle with reality to cast an eerie light in our lives. If we are not careful we can be overcome by this deception and live our lives on shadows of truth rather than truth itself. Far worse we can spread falsehoods at the speed of sound through the Internet.
Hear the word of the Lord, You children of Israel, For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. 2 By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. Hosea 4:1-2 (NKJV)
If we live in a land where there is a vacuum of truth how does one determine what truth is? Is there a truth detector? Is there a method by which we can discern right from wrong? What must we do to find truth? Where does one go to obtain truth?
Just like a lie detector was invented to detect a lie those who have the Spirit of God within them are able to discern that which is truth.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13 (NKJV)
We find truth in God’s word for the word reveals all falsehood and deceptions of the evil one.
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17 (NKJV)
The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever. Psalms 119:160 (NKJV)
In spite of all the warnings and exaltations against lies and falsehoods there remains a dirt h of truth in our land today. It appears our nation has been overrun with liars and those devoid of truth. Our young people are being taught there is no God and therefore no absolute truth. They are being raised in a society that equates all gods as equal to the one True God. They are being told that God has abandoned them and left them to fend for themselves. The church has grown silent in proclaiming the truth of God’s word. Christians are being labeled as troublemakers, hateful and bigoted. Those who tell lies are being applauded and honored. Our society has been deceived along with other nations into believing there is no need for God in our lives.
We have come to a place where evil is called good and good is called evil. We have come to a place where right is considered wrong and that which is wrong is praised and sought after. We have come to a place where our congregations are no longer hungering and thirsting for that which is right but are themselves lost in the falsehoods and teachings of men.
I think it is time each and every Christian reading this post hook themselves up to the Holy Spirit Lie Detector and get a check up. Ask that the Holy Spirit reveal the Lord’s truth to you. You man be surprised that you too have been misled by a falsehood or two.
May God’ Spirit of Truth rest upon you.
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