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Lie Or Hurt Someone's Feelings

Is it a sin to lie so someone's feelings are not hurt such as not telling them that their dress is truly ugly?

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Some times it is best to be silent, however, the truth shall set us free!
---Dorothy on 9/2/07


I agree that it would sometimes be better not to answer at all but I have a sneaky feeling that if someone asked me what I thought about something they were wearing, and I didn't give an answer, they'd have a pretty good idea that I thought it was awful.
---RitaH on 9/1/07


Why not simply refuse to answer a question, if you do not want to hurt their feelings. Lying is never acceptable but it is convenient,sometimess. Christians should not lie, regardless. Better to say nothing.
---Robyn on 9/1/07


Being silent can sometimes be your best friend. I would rather be silent, than lie.
---Cynthia on 8/27/07


No Christain's should never lie,thy shell not lie. Our word tells us. If a person is hurt by hearing the truth. Something can be wrong with that person.Some need to hear and know things even if it can hurt. We don't have to tell anyone anything, that why there is nothing to ever lie about. Just say as little as possible about things is hurt should come. We don't need to lie. Learn to keep your mouth closed, or say things in a different way with care.
---Janice on 8/27/07




yes. I have told my husband that if what I am wearing is ugly or it doesn't look good. For him to tell me the truth and I won't get mad. He has and I changed and I didn't get upset. The same with my cooking if he doesn't like what I fix, I would rather him tell me, that he doesn't like it then for him to lie and say that he does and I fix it again. I have yet to get mad at my husband for the truth. You need to be true to your friends. How would you feel if the tables were turned around?
---Rebecca_D on 8/27/07


The Bible says DO NOT LIE. Lieing of any kind is a sin, even if it spares someones feelings.
---Leslie on 12/31/06


Don't lie it is a sin. In a situation like that be polite in order to make it seem like an opinion cause that is what it is an opinion. Just tell her in your taste you don't really like the dress but that doesn't mean that no one else will. I'm sorry I don't particulary like that dress but please don't be offended.
---drea on 8/2/06


Peter wasn't lying. I'm sure he really did think he could follow Jesus even to the death. He just expressed normal feelings as a close friend when he warned Jesus to avoid danger. At this point, Peter had no understanding of why Jesus would willingly sacrifice His life.
---Donna2277 on 8/1/06


Was Peter lying when he said he wouldn't deny Jesus? Was Peter lying when he told Jesus not to go to the cross and Jesus had to rebuke him?
---Anonymous on 8/1/06




Depend on theHoly Spirit to make your response loving, kind, gentle, good, patient, joyful, peaceful, faithful and self-controlled but DO NOT LIE.
---Ryan on 7/31/06


A lie is a lie and is a sin. It would be better to just say nothing.
---Helen_5378 on 7/31/06


Personally if I ask someones opinion I am seeking the truth not a lie. Any deception is a lie. Whether you think lying is sin or not is between you an the Father. I do not attempt to point out sin. As far as telling someone their dress is ugly for example, how is that my place? My response if they ask me would be how do you see it? If they like it I love it. If they are not sure I would suggest they change into something they are sure about.
---josef on 7/31/06


Sometimes the question, "How do I look?" is fishing for a complement. Sometimes it's asking for advice. Sometimes it's merely asking for reassurance that they are presentable. It's usually not "dishonest," in these cases, to give the person what they want.
---Donna2277 on 7/31/06


Whats ugly to you may not be ugly to somebody else. OR there are tackful ways to tell somebody that there dress is wrong for them....you dont have to lie.
---sue on 7/31/06


I am probably wrong, but I agree that sometimes the truth is not productive (opinions on someone's clothes, hair etc.) We don't want to hurt feelings, but we don't want to lie. I try to answer with a bit of truth that is not hurtful, such as "That is a beautiful shade of green!" or "A lot of girls are getting that haircut now!" or even "Why don't you try parting it on the side?" or "A scarf around the waist would make that dress look even better!"
---melissa on 7/31/06


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There's a time and manner to give any criticism like this.

Sometimes the question, "How do I look" is not seeking information and advice, but positive reinforcement and reassurance. Fishing for compliments, in other words.
---Jack on 7/31/06


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