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It’s Only Words… Read Article

October 2022

It’s Only Words…


The Bee Gees pop group used to sing a song which had a line in it that said, ‘It’s only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away.’ Does God say the same thing, I wonder?

I suppose all of us would agree that words are important and are capable of bringing life and blessing or death and cursing. They can build up or break down, encourage or discourage. They can be distorted, devalued, misunderstood, used seductively, and used to control. They can be weaponised (as incendiary as any rocket shell or bomb), or even used to camouflage truth.

Do you think today is a bad time for words? Are they just ‘Blah, blah, blah’? Do we live in a linguistically cynical world and what about truth? Are we suffering from ‘truth decay’ with a lot of ‘alternative facts’, ‘fake news’ and even ‘deep fake’ on offer?