Bible Studies/deuteronomy

Advertisement


Question
QUESTION: Hi teacher Scott,
This time I am sorts confused about deuteronomy ch 19 v 15. That 2 or 3 witnesses will settle the issue of guilt. So what I'm wondering/thinking is about conspiracies? I mean what if those 2 or 3 witnesses lie? It seems kind of almost unfair in a way?33

ANSWER: Hi Joyce,

I hope you're doing well.

If several people conspire together to lie about someone, they are subject to punishment for bearing false witness. The verses following Deuteronomy 19:15 deal with this issue.

Of course, the challenge is in proving that the witnesses committed perjury. But, if investigated and found guilty, they would suffer the consequences.

Scott

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: But then what would happen to the convicted person?

Answer
I imagine it would work the same way it would in our system of government. If someone commits perjury, he would be investigated and tried. If it can be proven that false witness was presented, that person would be sentenced.

The possibility of severe punishment would deter most from committing perjury. For those foolish enough to give false testimony, the challenge is in proving the lie. Hopefully, ample evidence would be uncovered to prove guilt.

As with any justice system, it is not 100% perfect. We're dealing with human beings.

Scott

Bible Studies

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Scott Talbot

Expertise

I have studied the Bible and Bible-related topics since the time I was very young. My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Bible, and a Master of Divinity degree. I enjoy delving into deep theological issues and always enjoy a healthy debate. But more importantly, I like working with people and helping them to find the answers that they are looking for. And I am convinced that these answers are available in the Bible.

Experience

By the grace and mercy of God, I have been saved, born again, adopted into the family of God. God has given me a love for the Bible, and for Bible-related subjects. In addition, He has blessed me with ongoing training in the Scriptures, from my youth on up. The more I learn about God through His Word, the more I want to share!

Organizations
Campus Crusade for Christ, Grace Church at Willow Valley

Education/Credentials
Pillsbury Baptist Bible College - B.S. Bible & Pastorology; Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary - M.Div.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.