There are both federal and state statutes in the United States which provide severe penalties for violations of pure food regulations. Such regulations prohibit the adulteration or misbranding of food products. As defined in a dictionary the word "adulterate" means "to corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance."

Obviously, Truth can never be adulterated. Nothing can be added to it nor can anything be taken from it. However, one's understanding of Truth may be adulterated by the acceptance of error into one's thinking. An attempt to disguise the nature of Truth poisons the minds of men, with the result that they unwittingly accept as true that which is inherently a lie.

Recognizing this danger, Christ Jesus frequently pointed out the importance of being watchful, of being alert to the devious methods of evil. He said (Matt. 10:28), "Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." In the Bible error or evil is referred to as serpent, dragon, devil, Satan, adversary. Error seems at times to appear in the guise of good.

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