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Should Christians Be Honest

Would you endorse absolute, total, complete honesty for a Christian.

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The word says the Lord will not deny himself. He was honest when asked if he was the Christ even though that honest answer meant suffering death. He was our example. Christians should not only be honest, but think on these things as Philippians says even when our honesty causes us pain or loss.
---Frank on 1/18/08

amy pt 1 - if a christian should be honest, then why are pastors not being TRANSPARENT about their lavish lifesytle or why aren't they honest about where they get the money to buy their homes & luxury cars. they sould set the example in preaching these 'virtues' in the bible.
---noah on 1/17/08

amy pt 2 - but pastors / teleevangelist get defensive, evasive & insulted when their lavish lifestyle is questioned. I just find them hypocrites.
---noah on 1/17/08

Absolutely! All Christians are to be completly honest no matter what the situation. Also as a Christian we know when the things we say are dis-honest because we have Jesus telling us it's wrong! If you don't hear Jesus telling you it's wrong then you need to check your walk with Christ.
---amy on 1/17/08

Guess I shouldn't have asked if anybody can identify with Corrie Ten Boom...probably none of us have been in such a dangerous position. Just want to get some thoughts on this kind of dilemma.
---Donna on 3/13/06

I remember reading Corrie Ten Boom's book, The Hiding Place, in which she told about her family hiding Jews in their home during WWII in Holland. Corrie, her parents and sister were all Christians. Her sister agonized over what would happen if the Nazis came and asked her "Do you have any Jews here? As a Christian, could she really tell a deliberate lie? Can anyone identify with this?
---Donna on 3/13/06

Ah yes, Donna, the ministry of silence. That is also a blood bought ministry we have been given but is seldom used.
---Paulie on 3/13/06

DoryLory, How DID you handle the case where you saw Fred with another woman? I think I would have said nothing at all. As you say, it could have been quite innocent.(It would have be much more than just suspicion for me to say anything) I don't think being honest requires that we always tell everything we see or think. When in doubt, there is always the option of just keeping our mouth shut.
---Donna on 3/13/06

j .. You still have the problem of knowing who is a child of God. Most cult leaders claim to be a child of God, & therefore their words must be accepted.
---alan_of_uK on 3/9/06

Pleasant surprise to see voice of the martyrs in the heading links of ChristiaNet. They explain in more detail why honesty is not what it appears to be, using biblical view - from G_d's view, totally different than from mankinds view, the gov view,the medical view.
For instance, everything the p says is a lie, because his father is THE liar and THE father of all lies. Everything a child of G_d says is true, even if it seems not, unless he sin.
---j on 2/12/06

Tommy ... I think J was referring to the fact that they did not warn others. But then they were only warned to fleee, and were not told what Herod was going to order, so they had no reason the believe they had anyhting to warn the others about
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/12/06

i, exactly what does your reply have to do with this particular question? Fleeing a dangerous situation, especially at G_ds command, is NOT being dishonest.
---tommy3007 on 2/12/06

joseph and mary fled and did not warn others. also paul, moses and ? fled authorities to obey G_d and/or save their own life. For similar today, check with VOM voice of the martyrs website. many times in Scripture G_d's people disobeyed or fled the legal authority who was trying to kill them or stop them preaching Yeshua.
---j on 2/11/06

Alan, maybe we grew up in gentler/kinder time, perhaps some don't realize honesty has nothing to do with hurting others. It probably is a somewhat loaded question. Honesty is subjective, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I view honesty as being truthful while remaining kind. One can be diplomatic with honesty,they don't have to be mean. I think you said it right, don't offer unwelcome truth.
---Darlene_1 on 2/11/06

Yes Darlene, I think that is the right way to deal with the situation. But I did wonder why the question should be asked which had such a self evident answer. I thought maybe people such as you and me, who do not offer and unwelcome truth, would be criticed for not be absolutely truthful! The question seemed loaded, and I still wonder why it was asked.
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/11/06

Alan and M.P.,no I wouldn't tell Mom it was an ugly baby. I could still be honest.I've never seen a baby that wasn't darling, precious, sweet, a cutie( by being a baby), or perhaps a beautiful smile or eyes. There is always something about a baby that you can be honest about with kind words of praise. That's not being dishonest it's just being wise and keeping our mouth shut about the negative and praising the positive. Learning to give love and kindness is part of being a Christian, not being dishonest.
---Darlene_1 on 2/11/06

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Darlene none of us would ever say "Oh what an ugly baby". This is withholding honesty because we do no wish to hurt someone but it is still not being honest. It is in the same category as not telling someone that they have a fatal illness when we know they will die very soon anyway. We say 'ignorance is bliss' but that is still not honesty. I doubt if there is a person on this planet who has not been dishonest in that kind of way at some time. Whether it is right or wrong I dont know.
---M.P. on 2/11/06

Yvette and Fred were our neighbors (not Christians). We didn't know Fred well but Yvette and I were friends. Fred would often go camping with "buddies" and leave Yvette at home with 3 young children. One weekend we were at the lake and happened to see Fred sitting with another woman. It looked suspicious but they weren't doing anything and for all I knew she could have been his sister or a friend's wife. How should this situation have been *honestly* handled?
---DoryLory on 2/11/06

"Thou shalt not bear false witness" involves much more than speaking. Only as we constantly ask counsel of He alone who is the Truth, can we truly speak and reveal the truth and nothing but the truth. Many men of God have failed, and their history is recorded for our benefit. We are to trace from cause to effect. Just because good sometimes comes from evil because God over-rules does not make the evil into righteousness. Death before disobedience (sin) should be our motto as revealed by Christ.
---Wayne87 on 2/10/06

Darlene ... You have given an example of the case where someone does not show "absolute total and complete honesty" as it might be defined by some. Had you been "absolutely ... honest", you would tell the Mum that her baby was ugly, even if you had not been asked about it !! It all depends on what absolute, total complete and honesty mean!! (Incidently I would not have said that)
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/10/06

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the only time dishonesty was used in bible and was okay was with Rahab, may want to read up on that there. but any other situation a christian should know that answer. God will guidey ou through his holy spirit if you don't.pray and stay blessed.
---Lisa on 2/10/06

I was tempted to say "Can there be any doubt about it?"
But I suspect you will now give situations where Christians with honest intent do not tell the whole truth, and challenge us about that. I wonder what your motive is in asking?
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/10/06

Yes, I practice honesty even when it is to my own hurt. From giving back found wallet, telling cashier not charging enough, getting back too much change, return it,including not saying what a pretty baby when the kid is ugly and list goes on. I was taught Ten Commandments as a very young child and tried to live my life by them, now I understand living by the Law of Love we are compelled to act accordingly. Honesty is the best policy. How do liars ever remember what they told. Get tripped up sooner or later.
---Darlene on 2/10/06

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