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Who to Believe?
By Walt Hardester
Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2007
Last edited: Sunday, February 08, 2015
This short story is rated "G" by the Author.

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A Dressed up Lie or the Naked truth

It was a simpler time when travel between towns was accomplished by horse and buggy. Traveling ministers visited town to town to spread the truth, the gospel and save souls.
This fine spring day the flowers were in full bloom. The smell of honeysuckles was in the air, and life was renewing itself everywhere.
On a road between towns, one of these ministers had stopped beside the road for a cool drink from the stream and to water his horse. The minister looked very nice indeed, dressed in a black suit, freshly laundered crisp white shirt, shiny boots, and top hat.

As the minister ran his cool, wet handkerchief across the back of neck, he heard a noise from behind a tree. He turned to look and saw a naked man.
The minister asked, "Who are you?"
"I am Lies and Deceit," said the stranger. "Who are you?"
"I am Truth and Light," said the minister, and being a Godly man, asked if there was anything he could do for the naked fellow.
"As a matter of fact, there is."
Just then Lies and Deceit picked up a branch and smacked the minister across the face.
Reeling from the blow, the minister asked, "Why did you do that?"
Hitting the minister again, Lies said, "Because I'm gonna take your place."
The minister didn't fully understand Lies meaning, but was struck again, this time knocking him unconscious.

While the minister was unconscious, Lies stripped the minister naked, stole his horse and buggy, and headed for town.
Arriving in town, Lies and Deceit began spouting all manner of stories about how he had been accosted at the stream and was welcomed with open arms. He stayed for a while, spreading more lies and deceit to the townsfolk.
The day wore on and Lies left the town with a pocket full of donations, and a basket of food given freely by the towns people, grateful for a visit from such a well dressed man of God.

Near sundown, the minister, naked, dazed and bloodied, stumbled into town.
He tried to tell his story, the TRUTH to the towns people, but because Lies and Deceit had been there first, was so nicely dressed, and well spoken, no one believed the minister.
The righteous people of the town were so mad because of the story Lies had told, they stoned the minister to death, and buried him in an unmarked grave on Boot Hill.

Lies and Deceit traveled on down the road, eating fried chicken and laughing to himself all the while.

©2007 Walt Hardester  


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Reviewed by Debra Conklin 10/19/2009
A story worth retelling over and over.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 1/21/2008
Walt, what a great analogy. I could not think of a better way to relate this message. Perception and the truth are often diametrically opposed. Just as your well thought out story aptly relates.
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 12/27/2007
Ooh, my God, Walt! This is so us! we so readily welcome lies and deceits into our lives because they were there first. Only if we give the truth a chance too. Only if we let God into our lives, we would have looked at life so differently.

Very poignant remainder, Walt - thank you for sharing.

Merry Christmas and God bless,

Reviewed by John Martin 12/23/2007
Well written, well said. I am always wary of those who speak for God. Jesus taught us some valuable lessons where “clergy” are concerned. The church teaches us that Pilate was the bad guy. Yet it is strange that it deemphasizes the fact that is was the leaders of the “church” who demanded his death after Pilate had declared him innocent of any crimes. How can one still be part of a church these days where some of the clergy are so inherently evil? Remember, even though Judas sat at Christ’s table, it was still the table of the Lord. Hence, I am not wary of those who speak of God and his goodness, but rather those who claim to speak for God as his judge. I enjoy your writting.
Reviewed by Cleve Sylcox 11/27/2007
This is very well done! I believe lies and deceit is still eating fried chicken and drinking the blood of the innocent all over the world. Nicely done my friend.
Reviewed by Charlie 11/12/2007
What a great tale. It's so true to life, too. Such a shame that we can't rely on words alone. Lies and Deceit is so prolific, that it becomes harder and harder to recognise the real deal -- especially when he's naked. --Charlie
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 11/11/2007
Followers! without searching and much effort will always fall to that which is well dressed, and has no need of strenous effort. Andre said it best! My compliments of such wonderfully expressed prose. Bless You! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Fred Tomasello 9/7/2007
A tale, sad but true that continues on today. We don't know what or who to believe on subjects that can be scientifically proven yet remain obfuscated. For example, is real butter better than margarine? Does man contribute to global warming? Is cholesterol good or bad for you? Did HRT spike breast cancer? Does inhaling microwave buttered popcorn cause lung problems?
Lies and Deceit are Greed's best weapons. To find truth, follow the money.
Man, I used to like fried chicken.
Reviewed by Susan Bailey 9/5/2007
Lies and Deceit may seem to be winning for a short time, but will always lose in the end. Very well written Walt, enjoyed this.
Reviewed by Joyce Devenish 9/1/2007
This is a very good story but will all be revealed in the end? I hope so. Good work. Best wishes JDM
Reviewed by Dorothy Jones 7/29/2007
Well written, made me feel like I was there. Dorothy Jones
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 7/9/2007

This composition takes one back to twenty-one centuries of the history
of serfdom and DEMONcracy... "Who To Believe" lights up the way to awareness and EDUCATION in its real meaning, which comes from five Latin words: THE ACTION OF ACTING SELf-DIRECTED.

Outstanding story ~ rich in symbolism and mind's striking ~ points
that lead one to meditate on the future of humankind.

My especial salutations and benisons to the courageous and inspired author of "Who To Believe".

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by George Thompson 6/12/2007
Very good message with a lesson to boot, nonetheless. Cleverly written and I'm glad you wrote this for reviewers to read.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/9/2007
Such an thought provoker....with a message of wisdom for sure...believe it or not I know what it feels like to be judged wrongly!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/9/2007
Wonderful write, Walt; very well done! :)
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 6/9/2007
sometimes Lies and Deciet can fool in the short term, guess that's why it moves on quickly. sad though that people couldn't see the truth and light still though within the preacher though he bore not his fancy clothes. Perhaps they stoned and buried the evidence. Lady J
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 6/9/2007
Ha, I loved know there is a message hidden within...actually several my friend, such as; everything that glitters isn't gold! Or how about, you can't judge a book by it's cover! Or as the bible teaches us...we should never pass judgment on others. A wonderful fable my friend, one that I will eagerly pass on to my brother inlaw who happens to be a preacher, and has a wonderful sense of humor. I am always teasing him with preacher jokes, especially one's about chicken eating preachers! Loved it, humorous and with a good morale within...just as a fable should! Glad I stopped by!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/9/2007
Quite powerful, my friend. And I think Lies and Deceit's many progeny live on today, and are thriving. But now, they ride around in big black limousines.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/9/2007
Good point and a valid reason to stop and think and really take the time to know people before passing judgement which is all too often the case.


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