Witnesses in court cases take the fifth amendment to keep from incriminating themselves. Others who withhold truth do the same thing. Attorneys provide evidence that is helpful to their cause and withhold evidence that is harmful to their cause. Individuals who do those things should not under any circumstances be trusted. We need truth and we need all of it we can get. Withholding truth and avoiding truth are evil and destructive and accomplish the same things that lying does. They accomplish Satan*s will. Withholding truth is much like withholding medicine that a sick person needs. Ever notice how some individuals (politicians take note) do not answer the questions that are asked. They answer questions that have not been asked. They answer the wrong questions. Answering the wrong questions is kin to lying. They avoid truth. God gives us truth. Truth accomplishes His will. Truth accomplishes good things. Decisions must be made based upon truth. Opinions must be formed based on truth. Individuals who lie or withhold truth WANT you to form wrong opinions and make wrong decisions. The truth is important to God. Half-truths are not truth.
Matthew 5:37: But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
James 5:12b: . . . let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Since the truth shall make you free, lies OR the absence of truth will enslave you.
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 16:13a: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: . . .
Proverbs 23:23: Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Ephesians 4:25: Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Isaiah 59:4: None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
Jeremiah 9:5: And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
Zechariah 8:16: These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
Lies, withholding truth, ignoring truth, avoiding truth and rejecting truth are Satan*s methods and they are employed by those who obey him rather than God. God uses truth and Satan uses lies.
John 8:44: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.