The Mosaic Law - Stage 9
The Mosaic Law
The Ninth Commandment
"Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor"
Stage 9: Numb - Dumb - Death of Feelings and Mind - Paralysis
Oath of Fear
"An oath was to be a religious ceremony: not merely was a man, in swearing, to place his hand on the genitals of him to whom he swore, as in the old custom; he was now to be taking God himself as his witness and his judge." (Durant, The Story of Civilization, Vol. 1, Chapter XII, p. 338; Genesis 24:2-3.)
The Double-Bind - "Lying for Yahwah"
If we bear in mind that Yahwah's world was an upside-down world where what was "good" was what was against the Bound individual, and what was "evil" was what was against the Binder-Yahwah, we find that there was no choice but to agree that Yahwah was always right, if you wanted to live. It is the classic double-bind and a form of "Lying for the Lord;" the Bound is forced to blank-out reality in order to survive. One is "good" if one "witnesses" against ones self and "evil" if one tells the truth according to the right-side-up world. When this perverse Pattern of reversal begins in the cradle it becomes "the way the world is" and reality is projected as "perversity."
"False Witness" in Theocracy
To "Bear False Witness," in that sense, is to tell the truth! This has been described in Stage 4 in The Pattern of The Double-Bind in Mormonism. To tell the truth that you haven't received the "burning in the bosom" as a "testimony" of the truthfulness of the gospel according to Mormonism is to be "guilty" of having failed ... not being "spiritual" enough to receive, therefore, you would be "Bearing False Witness" to your neighbors, fellow members of the church. But to "Bear Witness" to what had not happened to you, would be "Good," because "the more you Bear Witness the more it becomes true" the member is told. Since Yahwah is the sole witness and judge of what is "true" there is only one choice to make and that is to be an extension of Him. To witness to the truth of reality is, in these terms, to "Bear False Witness" against an oath of perfect obedience to Yahwah's Laws and to be subject to the penalty of death. To "Witness to the Truth," according to Yahwah's upside-down definition, would to be to literally blank-out the real, right-side up world, a form of mental-emotional suicide. Again, the Binder reverses the blame to the Bound; in reality, it is the Binder who is guilty of psychological cannibalism.
"False witness" (to see reality) against a neighbor is the same as being against Yahwah; it is a boomerang which comes back to the Bound with a penalty ... "and thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, an eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot" ... a mind for a mind. Everything and everyone belongs to Yahwah; you take something from Yahwah, He demands it back in return with a vengeance. Deut. 19: 16-21.
False Witness in the Real World
The basis of Theocracy's "False Witness" is silence, secrecy, obfuscation, and denial (The Pattern) demanded in Theocracy and Mormonism; it is what supports its foundation under the saying "God's ways are not your ways." To bear true false witness is to hide reality; the truth in reality stands on facts and openness. To obey the Binder's command to "speak no evil, hear no evil, or see no evil" (Commandments 1, 2, and 3) is to unknowingly support the Binder's upside-down world and hide the truth of reality, to be dumb, deaf, blind, and numb; this is the "Good" of Theocracy that allows true evil full reign under the guise of "Truth."
Dumb - Numb - Paralysis of the Mind and Feelings
Another way to describe the act of being a "False Witness" according to Theocracy, is the story of "The Emperor's New Clothes." The naked emperor parades in front of his subjects in a "new suit" of invisible clothes for all to see and admire. Each subject thinks that he/she is the only one that doesn't see them because everyone else is applauding; the reality of the naked body is blanked out, rejected by the mind, along with the denied perceptions and feelings. All the Emperor's subjects join together to "Bear 'True' Witness" to his beautiful new clothes ... all except a small boy who sees the reality of a naked emperor parading down the street without any clothes on a naked body. In this case, according to the Emperor, the boy was "Bearing False Witness" against him and his subjects who are the boy's "neighbors." To "Bear False Witness" against the Emperor is the same as bearing "False Witness" against his neighbor, inasmuch as all subjects are to reflect the mind of the Binder. This is The Law of Oneness. Every subject is commanded to reflect the Binder's reversed, upside-down mind, therefore, a "True Witness" is in complete agreement with the Binder's upside-down mind; a "False Witness," affirms the reality of nakedness.
Lying, like Love, is Omitted from the Ten Commandments.
Oaths - False Witness - Covenant - Lying - Force - Fear
This 9th Commandment belongs in the context of the Mosaic Law which includes judgment of guilt or innocence by the Trial of Ordeal, or "diligent inquisition" (Deut. 19:18) in which judgment is made by Yahwah through his Priests. In both cases, the accused is at the mercy of Yahwah in regards to harm done to his/her body. The accused is "guilty" unless Yahwah intervenes. This is the opposite of our individual rights under present Constitutional Law that says the accused is innocent until proven guilty. In the Mosaic Law and Mormonism "False Witness" is a double-bind.
If you "Bear False Witness" it is against the self (reality) = "Guilty"
If you Bear True Witness it is against the Binder (the unreal) = "Guilty"
The Hidden Lie
The "Lie" is hidden ... omitted. In reality, one can only be a liar if one rejects and lies against oneself ... ones own true perceptions and mind ... which the Double-Bind forces one to do through the insidious theft of Self Identity ... the theft of ones own perceptions, mind and reason. If a doubt does arise in the mind of The Bound and the lie seen at last, the Bound is again blamed for having chosen to go against her/himself "voluntarily," the result of the Double-Bind and hence, trebly punished.
Shakespeare said it best: "To thine ownself be true, then thou canst not be false to anyone." In Theocracy "being true to oneself" is not possible, as one must relinquish the self to be true only to Yahwah; being One with Him, all that is done through this "oneness" is "justified," and thus, "true." 2 Chron. 19:6: ".. for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in judgment." Yahwah's judgment is against man (the Bound), and for Himself (the Binder).
This aspect of the Mosaic Law is also in The New Testament
John: 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
Shared meanings of: Witness - Oath - Covenant - Swear
Testament - Testimony - Test - Ordeal
According to the Mosaic Law Premise of "Oneness."
Note: The following definitions are contained in Webster's 1828 Dictionary which was in vogue during the life-time of Joseph Smith. (Italics are mine.)
To witness, n.
1. Testimony; attestation of a fact or event ...
("facts" according to Yahwah's Law of complete obedience to His (reversed) world order and His laws pertaining to it).
2. That which furnishes evidence of proof. Genesis 31:51,52. Laban said to Jacob ... this heap be witness and this pillar be witness ... betwixt me and thee.
An Oath, n.
1. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God (Yahwah) for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal to God in an oath, implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces his favor if the declaration is false, or if the declaration is a promise, the person involkes the vengeance of God if he should fail to fulfill it. A false oath (against Yahwah's "truth") is called perjury.
To Covenant, n.
1. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that mans perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.
2. Covenant, v.i. To enter into a formal agreement; to stipulate; to bind ones self by contract.
To Swear, v.t.
1. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; as, to swear on oath. [This seems to have been the primitive use of swear; that is, to affirm.]
2. To declare or charge upon oath; as, to swear treason against a man.
3. To obtest by an oath. "Now by Apollo, king, thou swear'st thy gods in vain." To swear the peace against one, to make oath that one is under the actual fear of death or bodily harm from the person; in which case the person must find sureties of the peace.
A Testament, n.
1. The name is equivalent to covenant, and in our use of it, we apply it to the books which contain the old and new dispensations; that of Moses, and that of Jesus Christ.
A Test'imony, n.
1. Testimony differs from evidence; testimony is the declaration of a witness, and evidence is the effect of that declaration on the mind, or the degree of light which it affords.
2. In Scripture, the two tables of the law. "Thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee." Ex. 25.
3. The book of the law. "He brought forth the king's son--and gave him the testimony." 2 Kings 11.
4. The ark. Ex. 16
5. The word of God; the Scriptures.
6. The laws or precepts of God. (Yahwah)
10.. That which is equivalent to a declaration; manifestation. Sacrifices were appointed by God for a testimony of his hatred of sin.
11. Evidence suggested to the mind; as the testimony of conscience. 2 Cor. 1:12
1. To witness.
L. testa, an earthen pot
(This is closely associated with ordeal, below.)
1. In metallurgy, a large cupel, or a vessel in the nature of a cupel
n. Lat. cupella, from cupa, a tub, a cask, formed of wood ashes and finely powdered dust, in which metals are melted for trial and refinement.
2. Trial; examination by the cupel; hence, any critical trial and examination.
3. Means of a trial.
4. That with which anything is compared for proof of its genuineness; a standard.
5. Judgment; distinction.
L. testis, a witness, properly one that affirms. (An oath and declaration against something.)
In England, an oath and declaration against transubstantiation...
To compare with a standard; to try; to prove the truth or genuineness of any thing by experiment or by some fixed principle or standard; as, to test the soundness of a principle; to test the validity of an argument.
The true way of testing its character, is to suppose it
the system will be persevered in.
(The "principles" of the system of Theocracy and Mormonism are obedience and sacrifice; "tests" are of the nature to prove both by severe testing.)
The last syllable is deal, to divide or distribute. The sense of the prefix is less obvious. But the real sense is not obvious. The practice of ordeal however seems to have had its origin in the belief that the substances used had each its particular presiding deity that had perfect control over it.
1. An ancient form of trial to determine guilt or innocence, practiced by the rude nations of Europe, and still practiced in the East Indies. In England, the ordeal was of two sorts, fire-ordeal and water-ordeal; the former being confined to persons of higher rank, the latter to the common people. Both might be performed by deputy, but the principal was to answer for the success of the trial.
Fire-ordeal was performed either by taking in the hand a piece of red hot iron, or by walking barefoot and blindfold over nine red hot plowshares laid lengthwise at unequal distances; and if the person escapes unhurt, he was adjudged innocent, otherwise he was condemned as guilty.
Water-ordeal was performed, either by plunging the bare arm to the elbow in boiling water, or by casting the person suspected into a river or pond of cold water and if he floated without an effort to swim, it was an evidence of guilt, but if he sunk he was acquitted.
Both in England and Sweden, the clergy presided at this trial. It was at last condemned as unlawful by the canon law, and in England it was abolished by an order in council of Henry III (1207-1272).
It is probably our proverbial phrase, to go through fire and water, denoting severe trial or danger, is derived from the ordeal; as also the trial of witches by water.
3. Severe trial; accurate scrutiny.
(Italics, above, are mine.)
All of these definitions are based on the Mosaic Law of a "Voluntary Union" through a solemn oath and "Witness" to the bondage and subjugation to Yahwah's Laws and His "Truths." Perfect agreement on oaths for Yahwah and against the self, plus perfect obedience to those oaths in action, are given as life or death ultimatums. They are enforced through threat, intimidation, fear and force.
Examples of Testing in Mormonism
Bearing False Witness against the Self and Selves of Others.
Elder Boyd K. Packer: "Elder (Harold B.) Lee had agreed to give me counsel and some direction (in Packer's appointment as the supervisor of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion, in which there were serious problems in the system ...) He didn't say much, nothing really in detail, but what he told me has saved me time and time again. "You must decide now which way you face," he said. "Either you represent the teachers and students and champion their causes or you represent the Brethren who appointed you. You need to decide now which way you face." then he added, "some of your predecessors faced the wrong way." It took some hard and painful lessons before I understood his counsel. In time, I did understand, and my resolve to face the right way became irreversible." (From the "Talk to the All-Church Coordinating Council," 1993.)
Facing the "right" way equals "Face to Face" with Yahwah, i.e., a denial (false witness) of self, and at the same time, to stand "Back to Back" with individual teachers and students as long as they have not yet turned around en masse to reflect the "Face" of Yahwah ... i.e., the acquiescing to the "death" of their own personal selves and reasoning. By "all facing one way" individuals and "neighbors" disappear into the mirrored reflection of Yahwah from which they were first "created" ... in Yahwah's image created He them.
In the same vein above, "neighbors" are also those "of the world" who are not yet facing the "right way." Journal of Discourses, Vol. 02, p. 210: "If you love and respect the welfare of the world, never allow yourselves to imbibe their spirit, or to become one with them. For if you do, you cannot be a savior, but need one as well as they ..."
False Witness against the Self
"Any Latter-Day Saint who denounces or opposes, whether actively or otherwise, any plan or doctrine advocated by the 'prophets, seers, and revelators of the Church is cultivating the spirit of apostasy. Lucifer....wins a great victory when he can get members of the Church to speak against their leaders and to 'do their own thinking.' When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. When they propose a plan--it is God's plan. When they point the way, there is no other which is safe. When they give direction, it should mark the end of controversy." (Improvement Era, June 1945, p. 354)
Facing One Way - Back to Back, Against the Self - One Mind
Heber C. Kimball: "When brother Joseph Smith lived, he was our Prophet, our Seer, and Revelator; he was our dictator in things of God, and it was for us to listen to him, and do just as he told us." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 106.)
"...learn to do as you are told,...if you are told by your leader to do a thing, do it, none of your business whether it is right or wrong." (Ibid, Vol. 6, p. 32)
I was told that I needn't worry if leaders make a mistake in their counseling me, that it would all be straightened out, i.e., "justice" would be meted out ... in the next life.
Joseph Smith: D&C, 21:4-5. "Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his (Joseph's) words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth in all patience and faith."
Wilford Woodruff: "Now, whatever I might have obtained in the shape of learning, by searching and study respecting the arts and sciences of men--whatever principles I may have imbibed during my scientific researches, yet, if the Prophet of God should tell me that a certain principle or theory which I might have learned was not true, I do not care what my ideas might have been, I should consider it my duty, at the suggestion of my file leader, to abandon that principle or theory." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 5, page 83)
Joseph Smith: "God made Aaron to be the mouthpiece for the children of Israel, and He will make me to be God to you in his stead, and the Elders to be mouth for me; and if you don't like it, you must lump it." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by Joseph Fielding Smith, p. 363; also found in the History of the Church, Vol. 6, pages 319-320.
Separated from the World and a Covenant to "Face One Way"
The Curse associated with a Covenant if latter not Obeyed
Nehemiah 10: 28-29: "And the rest of the people ... all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God ... they clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes..."
Covenant and Curse
Joseph Smith: "For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject (bear "false" witness of) this covenant (of plural marriage) and be permitted to enter into my glory." (D&C, 132:4)
"...and ye that hear me NOT will I curse, that have professed my name, with the heaviest of all cursings." (D&C, 41:1)
To Curse: (to put under a curse fr. ex + sacr-, sacer sacred)
To utter a wish of evil against one: to imprecate (pray) evil upon; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate (to declare to be evil or detestable: renounce: to detest utterly)
Webster's 1828 and 1977 Dictionary editions.
Punishment for neighbors who are "Covenant Breakers"
Bearing "False Witness"
Jedediah M. Grant, second counselor to Brigham Young: "...I would ask how many covenant breakers there are in this city (now, Salt Lake) and in this kingdom. I believe that there are a great many; and if they are covenant breakers we need a place designated, where we can shed their blood..." (Deseret News, Vol. 6, p. 235 and Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, pp. 49-51.)
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