I have read that Jesus’ words in Jn. 8:32–“you will know the truth and the truth will make you free”–are inscribed in stone on the CIA headquarters building. This misuse of Jesus’ words is meant to legitimate spies whose “intelligence” will (supposedly) keep their nation free.
When Jesus spoke those words, he was speaking to Jews with divided loyalties, wanting to hear from him while remaining loyal to their national leaders (especially the Pharisees, who ruled over the synagogues, where they taught and enforced the law of Moses given to their nation). Jesus said if they continued in his word, they would be true disciples, and know the truth, and find freedom (Jn. 8:31-32).
The Jews replied that they were already free, and were not slaves to anybody (8:33). Jesus disagreed, disclosing that the truth was they were actually slaves of sin (8:34). Even if they discounted the Roman occupation…
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