All proofs are not truthDoes everything that is presented as proof indicate a truth? My answer is a Yes.In fact all proofs indicate truth. The only difference between a false proof and a true proof is that thefalse proof indicates a truth it claims not and a true proof indicates a truth it claims to be.Let me illustrate by narrating an incident from the Old Testament of the Bible.It is the story of Joseph. He was spending his days as a slave in the house of the Egyptian military officer
Potiphar. He was such a handsome young man that Potiphar’s wife took a fancy over him. She could not
resist his physical appearance. She invited him to have sex with her more than once. But he was aHebrew to his blood and was afraid of his living God. So he was not ready to commit the sin. Moreoverhe considered it a crime against his master who had trusted him so much to give him full freedom in thehouse. The lady did not care about his religious beliefs and other moral excuses.One day as he was serving in the innermost chambers of the house, she caught hold him and forced himto lay with her. He was such man of character that he did not yield to the temptation. He forcefullypushed her aside and ran away from the place. But she could catch hold of his outer garment. She triedto stop him by holding on his outer garment and pulling him to her bed. There was no option left to himto escape from her other than leaving behind the outer garment and running away. And he did so.Joseph ran away from her. She had his outer garment in her hands.She was furious, ashamed and frustrated. She decided to teach Joseph a lesson. Holding up the garmentshe shouted for help as if someone is molesting her. Servants ran to her. Her husband Potiphar rushedto her. She was in tears. She narrated a false story to her husband that Joseph, the slave, tried to molesther in her bed chamber and when she yelled out for help he left behind his outer garment and escaped.She had the proof in her hand for the story. The proof indicated that Joseph is a molester of women anda cheater of his master.She had the proof. Where did the proof lead others? Did the proof lead to the truth? Certainly not. Still
Joseph’s garment was a proof.
A proof always stands for the truth. The proof sta
nds for the truth that Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce
Joseph and when he did run away resisting the seduction, she caught hold of his garments and it is leftwith her. The proof is the proof of her adulterous attempt. The proof always indicates the truth.Here we find a lady using the proof to mislead others. She is using the same proof that indicates a truthto mislead others to a false story. It is like a sign board turned upside down by naughty boys. The signboard is telling the truth, but since it was turned upside down by naughty boys, it is misleading people.The truth is that every proof can be misleading if it is manipulated by evil people. Because proof itself does not lead anybody to the truth. All depends on how we utilize the proof; who utilizes the proof andfor what purpose the proof is utilized.So proofs are not a sure way to truth.Statistics are not unfailing information to reach conclusions.