Proverbs 6:17 says God HATES lying, so this sin is pretty serious! We’re trying to copy JESUS, and he is our standard for everything. Jesus NEVER lied, so to be like him, we must try to do the same. The Bible shows us lots of examples of when lying brought trouble, hardship, and heartache. What examples exist of lying? What should we do if we DO lie? Watch this short video to find out the answers to these questions, and be sure to check our podcast episode #937, "Should We Ever Lie?" for more examples and Scriptures!
Lying. Okay, we know it’s bad but is it really always a bad thing? From a parent’s perspective, it is one of those things that is perched at the top of the “never do this” list of moral and ethical behavior. With children, the boundaries are clear and easy to define, because as we show them the difference between honesty and dishonesty, we reinforce what it means to take the high road, to be trustworthy and to be an honest and dependable friend. But what about the myriad of circumstances that arise as we become adults and begin to live in a world that is not awash in a bold contrast of right versus wrong but instead is overwhelmed with delicate shades of grey – with value judgments, personal rights and the fine line of being offensive? Are “little white lies” always wrong? What about only telling part of the truth – does that constitute a lie as well? Can lying ever be good?