‘Thou shalt not bear false witness’ means, I think we can agree:
‘Thou shalt not tell speak falsely concerning that which thou knowest.’
‘Nor makest up thou stuff about that which thou dost not know.’
How can we apply it in the age of electronic media?
‘When thou canst not speak about the facts,
because thou art not a witness,
but though hast merely heard gossip
or hast seen a meme constructed by human hands,
then thou shalt forbear to speak.’
‘Thou shalt not state as truth that which thou canst not prove,
reasoning that those Liberalites/Rightwingites which dwelleth in the land dost the same,
– or that they didst start it! –
and thus the Lord needest thee to serve as a counterbalance.’
The Lord does not need us to bear false witness in order to get his work done. Nor even to state as true something we cannot prove to be true.
“Thou shalt not bear DIGITAL false witness!” by Gary S. Shogren, Professor of New Testament, Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica
Excellent interpolative thoughts!