the truth shall make you free; the truth will set you free

knowledge gives a person power
—Over the entrance to the new library is a plaque that reads, “The Truth Shall Make You Free.”

Jesus told the people with him,

“If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free [the truth shall make you free].” “We are descendants of Abraham,” they replied, “and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the family forever, but the son remains forever. So if the son sets you free, you will be really free.” (John 8:31-36)

Jesus was talking about the truth of his message, but today, people use the truth shall make you free in reference to anything presented as wise, true, or honest.

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