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Wives' tales, fables, and lies By: Margaret R. Wilder

What are wives' tales anyway?

Long ago, before the internet, telephone, and hair salons, there was a unique way of sharing information woman to woman.

This method of transferring information is as old as the hills and has often been referred to as "old wives' tales" as many times the information centered upon superstitions instead of verifiable facts.

Supposedly many tales and stories were spread by illiterate women. However, knowing women and how we like to share information, I can imagine information passed freely from woman to woman no matter if one was rich or poor, illiterate or well educated.

Interestingly, these tales were even mentioned in the Bible.

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 1 Timothy 4:7 NIV

That scripture would lead one to believe that "old wives' tales" are not a good investment of our time. I mean really, who needs to waste time believing shaving unwanted body hair makes it grow back thicker and darker?

This is an old wives' tale that most of us have heard. The Mayo Clinic disputes this tale! Click here.

Well then--- what's a fable?

Tales, legends, and myths---stories not anchored in facts. Fables are fictional stories. Remember Aesop's Fables?

Aesop's Fables' usually reminds the reader of a valuable lesson.

However, interestingly these too are also mentioned in the Bible in 2 Peter 1:16-18 (KJV).

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

Then in Timothy it states:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 King James Version (KJV)

Hummmmm. So why are lies so bad?

As we all know, lying is a bad decision for many reasons. Most of all, God Almighty gave Moses The Ten Commandments for us to follow one of which says:

‘You shall not give false testimony [that is, lie, withhold, or manipulate the truth] against your neighbor [any person.] Deuteronomy 5:20 (AMP)

Also Proverbs 6:16-19, tells us what God hates. So if you care what he thinks about you and the state of your soul, you and I should NEVER desire to lie. If we have this desire, it is an indication that we have sin in our lives.

These six things the Lord hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him:

  1. A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others,]
  2. a lying tongue, and
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. A heart that creates wicked plans,
  5. Feet that run swiftly to evil,
  6. A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths,]
  7. And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.

Amplified Bible (AMP), Proverbs 6:16-19

Quote by: Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Copyright: Wives' Tales, Fables, and Lies, Margaret R. Wilder, 11.07.16

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