“I was only joking.” No you weren’t, you lied to me. “So I exaggerated a bit.” No, you lied. “It is just a matter of opinion.” No, a lie is a lie. If you have ever listened to the news or read a newspaper you know how easy it is for some people to look at truth and deliberately distort it. If you have had someone tell a story about an event that you also witnessed, you have sometimes wondered if you were on the same planet. I know at times that I wonder if it is me who is losing my mind or the other person who lives in fantasy.
We are called to be beacons of truth. That starts with eternal truth.
(John 14:6 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.It extends into every nook and cranny of our influence. Obviously there is room for differences of opinion and perception. My wife had her toe nails painted. Why? I don’t know. I think it is a female thing. I commented on the black color. I was told they were “plum”. Then she came up with a couple of other colors that were also hard to tell from black. That is not an issue of truth. The fact that she had them coated is truth.
So? Are you a follower of Jesus? Then there is a limit to how much you can exaggerate, joke, spin and interpret. Take this seriously. God does.