Biblical Keys for Discerning True and False Prophets/Seeing the truth/Listen to all witnesses

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Listen to all the witnesses (not selecting to justify a desired result)

Of True Of False

But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouths of two or three witnesses, every word may be established.

For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.

He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses?

The judges shall make diligent inquisition: and behold, if a witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely…do unto him as he had thought to do unto his brother.

(when they had…taken counsel)… they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governors ears, we will secure you.

  • (Collusion. Behavior inconsistent with witness. Being asleep, how did they recognize the disciples, and being soldiers, how did they escape punishment?)
  • Acts 6:11-14

Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. And they stirred up the people…and set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: For we heard him say Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

  • (Note: It is a matter of interpretation, born of hostile intent, which makes these false witnesses.)
  • Matthew 26:74-5

Then he began to curse and swear, saying, I know not the man… and the cock crew…And Peter went out and wept bitterly.

  • (Tolerate human weakness, and consider the life more than the incident.)