Speaking the Truth
Bible reading, speaking the truth, showing forgiveness, and other basic elements of Christian discipleship are all part of a two-week course called “SALT”. The name stands for “Scripture Application and Leadership Training.”
When the Sursurunga people attended this course in May 2011, the New Testament had only been available in their language for 10 months. Now they were learning how to dig into the Sursurunga Scripture and apply it to their lives. God's Word spoke to them in many areas of their lives, and one in particular was the way they relate to their children.
Sursurunga people grow up with the belief that if they allow their young children to cry, evil spirits will come to take the child's spirit, and the child will become sick and die. In order to keep their children from crying, parents start lying to their children from the day they are born. One example of this can be seen in the interactions between Tala and his mother. “Tala, we need to go.” Little Tala refuses and cries so his mother says, “There’s a truck waiting on the road. Do you want to go for a ride?” There is no truck, but Tala stops crying and goes with his mother. Both missions are accomplished – Tala obeys his mother and stops crying. The evil spirits have been thwarted and Tala will not get sick and die.
Because of this belief, lying has become an integral part of their culture. However, when Sursurunga parents learned in the SALT course that lying is a sin against God, they were convicted to change the way they relate to their children.
After the first lesson, one grandfather went home, called his family together, and confessed to them his sin of lying to his kids when they were small, saying that the moon would eat them if they cried. One of his daughters had started telling her kids the same lie. He picked up his 9 month old grandchild, told her he was sorry, and asked her forgiveness. He asked his whole family to do the same thing, and he prayed, asking God to cut this sin from his family.
Another man said, “The talk about truth really pierced my liver, causing me to feel sorrow and begin new behavior. I am committed to speak the truth to my new grandchild.”
A woman who has been a believer and teacher for many years confessed, “I must always speak the truth. I have been manipulating my grandchildren with lies. I need to focus on speaking the truth in every situation.”
Praise God that He is using the Sursurunga Scriptures to bear fruit and change lives. Pray for the people who participated in this SALT course that they would stand firm in their convictions and continue to apply the lessons they learned.
III John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
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讀聖經，說真理，好饒恕，及其他基督教門訓的基本要素，這些都是為期兩周的“SALT”（鹽）課程的內容。SALT是英文Scripture Application and Leadership Training的縮寫，意思是「聖經應用和領袖訓練」。
蘇爾蘇龍加人一直存在一個信念，就是如果讓他們年幼的孩子哭，邪靈就會把孩子的靈魂帶走，然後孩子會生病，繼而死亡。為了避免孩子哭，父母會從孩子出生那一天開始向他們說謊。塔拉和他母親之間的對話可看出這樣一個例子。 「塔拉，我們要走了。」小塔拉拒絕並哭了。然後他母親說：「有車在路上等著，你想要去兜風嗎？」其實並沒有車，但塔拉停止哭泣，並跟他母親走了。兩個目的都達到了 —— 塔拉服從他母親和停止哭泣。邪靈被擊退，塔拉不會生病和死亡。
譯者： Jovy Lam