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Is It Good To Lie At Times

Is it wrong to ever lie? If we told the truth all the time would we upset people without good cause and impair our relationships.

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Christ told us that we would come under persecution for His name sake, this is because He/His name is the "TRUTH".

When our hearts feel irritated or distressed toward anything, then it means that there is a lack of the Lord's Peace in some area within us that need correcting.

...and YES! When our wrongs are openly placed before us it may sting or upset us but a heart to do the Will of the Father will repent seeking forgiveness & enduring to depart from the evil that happens to be the errors of our ways.

Relationships that become impaired do to obediently abiding by the True Word of God is a relationship in which someone's heart is not open to the truth in Christ.
---Shawn.M.T on 10/11/08

jerry, there is much "lie" posted on this forum. Many do it out of ignorance of the truth and believing the lies told to them, as the serpent told the woman in the garden and she believed the lie told to her onto her own destruction, and others do it maliciously against us whom preach the truth, because they refuse fess-up and come to the light, and therefore rather than accepting the truth we preach and being saved from the destructive delusion they remain in the lie and in condemnation.
---Eloy on 8/11/08

Katavasia, she was not righteous becuase she lied, she was righteous because of her faith. David was not rightous because he committed adultery, he was righteous for the love he had for the Lord. No one is righteous because of sin, we are righteous because of Christ. Faith in Him imputes that righteousness on every true believer.
---Mark_V. on 8/9/08

As usual, we argue because we don't have common definitions for the words we hold in common. The ninth commandment states "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." This language sounds more like a proscription against (legal) perjury than that of a fib. The Pharisees produced such false witnesses against Jesus, but the Bible elsewhere sanctions the deception of enemies. For me, to decieve an enemy for the good of another is righteous, but to fib for my own benefit is a sin. What is your definition of "lie?"
---jerry6593 on 8/9/08

.mic, the truth never loses. But the deluded think that they have won some thing even as their carcases fall in the wilderness and they perish by the way and go down into the abyss, they perish in their delusion because they think vain imaginations rather than believe the truth. "Lean not upon your own understanding, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, says the Lord, and my thoughts greater than your thoughts."
---Eloy on 8/9/08

Obewan, that guy was been obedient to God. He was not sinning. Sin is rebellion against God, He is the law. This guy you mention was spreading the gospel. Just what Christ told him to do. God doesn't give us a command and then call it sin. Lying is sinful when done in rebellion against God.
---Mark_V. on 8/8/08

Eloy ::God will NOT ask you to break His law.You misinterpret the truth.I know you lost this one in your desire to be correct.Theresa outscored you.She is Right.You should not use the word 'Nature" as in your last sentence as you condemn yourself.
---MIC on 8/8/08

.theresa, you speak falsehood, and you will believe and say whatever you desire.
---Eloy on 8/8/08

Rahab the Whore lied to protect the Hebrews and she's listed among the righteous in Hebrews 11.
---katavasia on 8/8/08

I heard a testimony from a Bible smuggler once. He was behind the iron curtain. At the border, the guards asked him if there were any Bibles 'in' the car. He answered no. In 'truth' the Bibles were 'under' the car (between the floorboards).

If he did not tell that white lie, thousands of Bibles would not have been smuggled over the years.
---obewan on 8/8/08

Eloy, it seems the Bible you read is not the "Holy" Bible. IN Titus, chapter 1, verse 2 we see God cannot lie. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, which is what He eventually did as well for the redemption of all of mankind that will accept his sacrifice for our sins. Abraham proved his faithfulness to God by his willingness, but God didn't suffer it to happen. God is not a murderer, but in His infinite wisdom, he tests/tries us. Don't justify lying by saying "God told you to do it!"
---theresa on 8/7/08

"We began to set a standard as to what sin is ok and which is not" That is what you have done Eloy. You took a story of Abraham and made it your own. You conclude that if Abraham had committed the sin as you call it, by killing his son, he would go to heaven. What you forget is that he was doing what God ordered him to do. He was been faithful to God. Obedience. God did the same to all the other nations who were killed by Israel. They were been obidient to what God called them to do. That was no sin. That was obedience. Big difference. You set a standard, your own standard of what sin is. Sin is rebellion against God. Abraham was not sinning.
---Mark_V. on 8/7/08

.theresa, you err in judgment. If God commands you, Theresa lie, but you disobey him for whatever reason you have, then you would go to hell for your disobedience. Just as the Commandment of God is, Thou will not kill, but God Commanded Abraham, Kill your only son: so Abraham was about to plung the knife into his son in obedience to God, Beginning 22:10, and God counted his action as obedience. Now if Abraham was not halted and slew his son to death then he would go to heaven, and not hell as you wrongly say. A person whom tells a lie, especially when God tells you too, is not a liar as you wrongly misjudge. But a liar is one whose nature it is to lie rather than to speak the truth.
---Eloy on 8/7/08

There are only two camps. We belong to one or the other. That of the Devil and that of God.

The Devil is a liar. Why go over to him. We serve the living God not a wicked spirit.

If we cannot find the proper words to communicate a matter by, without offending the hearer, we must learn to keep quiet. Sometimes we must offend. But it must be at the right time, right place and right manner.

If I inform the wicked that they are going to hell they may get upset. So what! It is needful to be plain. If someone needs to be told the truth and it is not good to upset them as they have done little wrong, you usualy intimate their wrong by intimating at it. We are taught to be sutble in some things lest our brother be offended.
---Alan on 8/5/08

NO, God "Hates" ALL Liars!
Gods words not mine so take it up with him if you don't believe thats true!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 8/5/08

God does not lie nor justify lying. Where there is light there is no darkness. Where there is light there is no lie or deceit. Paul wrote, its not I who live, but Christ within me. A person should not put themselves in a position that Satan can use in order to influence a person to lie due to fear. "Perfect love casts out all fear." God casts out all fear and where fear is, there is torment and unrest. God can not be fooled, as a person might. Tell the truth, stay quiet, ask yourself in all matters "What would Jesus do?" Do not do anything that sets in motion behavior in which fear is a catalyst for a person to be deceived into lying. God will work only with the truth, not with a lie. God only will forgive a lie.
---Robert on 8/4/08

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Mima, "If" you then, "being evil" know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?" Jesus presuppose the doctrine of human depravity, as if saying, earthly fathers give what their sons need (vv. 9,10), will not God (Your heavenly Father) give to His sons what they ask. It does not in any way mean that Christians are evil.
---Mark_V. on 8/4/08

Strongaxe, in matters of our lives telling a lie seems to be, "to us" absolutely better. We as humans see and feel things different then God. He doesn't have the same emotions as us. As Ralf said, if someone broke into my house and was trying to hurt my family, I too might act differently. But in the eyes of God all is sin. The actions of those entering the house, and the bad actions we take. We would then be saying that God would take it under consideration and not call it sin. We began to set a standard ourselves as to what sin is ok and which is not. That is why I say many times, that as Christians we will sin. Even the thoughts are many times sin without taking action on them.
---Mark_V. on 8/4/08

Strong Axe, there were times when Jesus was questioned by authority figures of the time he walked on earth, yet he opened not his mouth. This is one alternative to telling a lie. He knew they didn't mean well and/or didn't deserve to hear the truth, but answered not a word.
---theresa on 8/4/08

I have a question along this line, do the Scriptures in Matthew 7:11 call Christians evil? " If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Is he speaking to Christians here and ,if so, does he call Christians evil?
---Mima on 8/4/08

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I agree that we should strive to tell the truth whenever possible. Nevertheless, there are times when it is absolutely clear that someone does not deserve truth, and does not respect truth, and that giving him truth will cause harm.

An extreme example: If you were working in a factory in Germany in 1940, and SS troopers came in and asked "are there any Jews here?" would you obey the law of truth and say "Yes, there are - over here, here, and there"? or would you obey the law of love and say "No, not here", and risk your life to save them? I would hope that any good Christian woud do the latter (and during the Holocaust, many did, risking their own lives and families to save many Jews).
---StrongAxe on 8/3/08

God bless you Mark for standing for the truth and clarifying how God handled when Abraham fell weak to lying and didn't approve of lying, but intervened.
---theresa on 8/3/08

Theresa, I support your view. Abraham lied for his own purpose and God does not approve of lies which is sin. Never has and never will. That wasn't the first time Abraham had lied, In Gen. 12:10-20 You can see that He had lied before for the same purpose, his own neck and he prospered because of that lie. In both case God intervened. In the first case with plagues, in the other with a dream. God corrected the lies of Abraham both times. Sin has a consequence but God through sin brought a blessing. The reason Abraham sinned is because he did not wait on the promise of God. He tried to assist God and not depend on God along. He failed again later with Hagar. He didn't wait for the promise of God, he took hagar for a son. Assisting God again.
---Mark_V. on 8/2/08

Strong Axe, it is not ok for us to lie to anyone, especially those who are outside of Christ's family. You and I aren't God and aren't to decide who's too far gone in their rebellion against God "to send a strong delusion." We are to submit to the Word of God's instructions specifically to us, which says "put away lying, speak the truth" in Ephesians chapter 4 and in no way can you make some of the decisions only God is authorized to make. "Let the wheat and tares grow together and He will separate them at the end" in Matthew chapter 13,verses 24-30. He alone knows who is willing and who isn't and He will do the separating whether by "sending a strong delusion" or by other means.
---theresa on 8/2/08

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Alan of Uk,

I must concur that if I have had posts edited for giving my opinion and the Mods found them irrelevant how was you answer posted?

I don't get it was it because I laughed, I must say I only laughed because it wasn't an answer I expected to read and it just broke up the seriousness of lying unjustly.

I remember when a very young family member threatened me in the Caribbeans in just the same way you answered Ralph my family never spoke to her again.

Some answers are just best left unanswered!
---Carla5754 on 8/2/08

theresa, you will believe and say whatever you desire.
---Eloy on 8/2/08

Eloy, the fact Abraham omitted to tell the whole truth is evident he also lied due to his human weakness based on fears he had in his own mind. No matter what you say, God does not approve of lies & it isn't stated or indicated in this scripture passage. Maybe you want to lie. Please don't! If you do it, please repent and lay aside this sin, as we are told in Hebrews chapter 12, verse 1. "...all liars will have their part in the lake of fire" in Revelation chapter 21, verse 8, and there's noone that can change that by compromising and expecting to inherit the kingdom of God. All "liars" means just that...inclusively all liars!!!!
---theresa on 8/1/08

theresa, First you say Abraham lied because he was weak, now you say Abraham told the truth, which is a half-truth. You are not right. You need to accept the fact that Sarah was Abraham's wife, but he purposely told strangers that she was his sister instead of his consummated wife. And he told this deception with God's approval. But if you choose to believe what you want to believe rather than believe the truth, then you will forever be contrary, wavering and doubting like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed to and fro.
---Eloy on 8/1/08

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The point that I was trying to make is, that irrespective of the reason, God DID send them a strong delusion.

(This would imply that it's OK to lie to people who have no love of the truth.)
---StrongAxe on 8/1/08

Eloy, Abraham told the truth. Sarah was actually his half-sister,(his father's child), but didn't tell she was also his wife in Genesis chapter 20, verse 12. Abraham first assumed they might have killed him to take Sarah if they knew she was his wife out of fear, which is a weakness of humankind. God in His mercy and purpose restored Sarah to Abraham from Abimelech. There were times in the Old Testament of ignorance, as we are told in Acts chapter 17, verse 30, when God winked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent. We can't use scripture to justify when we choose to lie for whatever reason. This is the same Abraham that trusted God enough to take the chosen son Isaac to the mountain to kill him for a sacrifice and God didn't fail him.
---theresa on 7/31/08

Strong Axe, connecting verse 10 to verses 11 & 12 you refer to in II Thessalonians chapter 2, those who will not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved means God knows they will always harden their hearts. (He knows the future.) In Revelation chapter 3, verse 15, God prefers that we are "hot" or "cold" so he sent them a strong delusion which represents not holding their sane mind because as it says in Romans chapter 1, verse 21-28, when man refuses to glorify God as God or retain Him in their knowledge he "gives them up to a reprobate mind." The choice is made by those who deliberately reject God.
---theresa on 7/31/08

theresa, Abraham did not lie because he was weak, instead he said what he did because otherwise the ungodly would have killed him so that they could rape his wife. Yes, God approved of this, if not he would have judged against Abraham and in favor of Abimelech for being deceived by Abraham: but instead God judged in favor of Abraham and against Abimelech. God tells king Abimelech, "Now restore Abraham his wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live: but if you restore not, know you that you will surely die, you, and all that your's." Genesis 20:7.
---Eloy on 7/31/08

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And yet God himself sometimes deliberately decieves people whom he thinks are unworthy:

2 Thess 2:11-12:
"11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

Similarly, in Matthew 13:10-16 and Mark 4:11-12 Jesus explains that he speaks to people in parables LEST THEY UNDERSTAND. That is, he was deliberately keeping truth away from them.
---StrongAxe on 7/30/08

at times its very prudent too say nothing.but when confronted, by anyone and when you must speak truth is all that should come from your lips.there are amny,many scripture about what comes from the mouth,in relationship too whats in the heart.yes many ,many, people can not and will not accept truth,and many more get defensive,but truth is the only way,NEVER LIE.
---tom2 on 7/30/08

Hi, Peter . . . I'm Bill . . . so, you're in the United Kingdom? God bless you (o:

Well, hiding Jews in Nazi Germany and telling the SS they did not know where they were . . . that was lying.

King David pretended to be crazy so an enemy king would not bother to kill him.

We often by our body language do not let people know what is really true.

In a friendship, though, I'd say trust a friend with what the person is ready to handle well. And have an understanding that there are things you don't tell each other unless you feel right about it. Take your time, more, to just enjoy each other, instead of rushing to let everything out.

If there is something *wrong* > don't lie about it, AND don't *do* it (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/30/08

Even though Abraham lied for his own personal reasons, there aren't any instances in the bible where God approves of lying. Abraham, being human and weak at that instant lied, but God didn't endorse it. David lusted for Bathsheba, seeing her bathe from a distance and committed adultery with her, but God didn't approve of it. We must overcome the sin nature which wars against the Spirit of the Lord, according to Galatians chapter 5, verses 16-21. As long as we're in this Christian race, we need to "lay aside every weight & sin that doth so easily beset us and run with patience the race that is set before us" as we're told in Hebrews chapter 1, verse 1.
---theresa on 7/30/08

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There are very rare cases where lying is necessary in order to save a life: for example, In Genesis chapter 20 we find that although men generally respected other men's wives, Abraham told his wife Sarah to tell strangers that she was his sister rather than his wife (Genesis 20:13), else the strangers might kill him so they could take his wife for themselves. This was an exception to holy wedlock because Abraham's wife Sarah was the daughter-in-law to Abraham's father, so as well as Sarah being Abraham's wife, in one sense she was also his sister.
---Eloy on 7/28/08

Ralph ... If the killer were any way prepared, you would be in a corner, with no blunt instraument, and he would have a knife to your wifes throat.
---alan_of_UK on 7/28/08

It is never right to lie. I do not understand why we must give an answer to every question. I do not. I know it may come off as rude..I really do not care of others think.
---melanie on 7/28/08

Lieing IS ALWAYS a sin, even if it is to spare someones feelings. The Bible says that ALL liers WILL end up in Hell. This is a serious offence to God. If you repent of this (and cover it in Christ's BLOOD), then it will be erased from your life (as if you have never done it at all).
---Leslie on 7/28/08

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2 Then again a muslim is allowed to lie about him being a muslim if that will save his life. yet many early and pressent martyrs die on a daily base because they can not lie about their faith. so what are we, christians or muslims. These martyred Christians love Christ over their lives. However i am not a old testament believer i do try to live by these rules that Christ has put down for me. the new testament even tells us not to lie and defraud. so i do not think any child of God has the right to deliberately lying assuming to repent within five or ten minutes.
---Andy on 7/28/08

Frances, we can't get to heaven by our "own steam", but liars will not inherit heaven.This is not a passive Christian race we're in, according to Hebrews chapter 12, verse 1, where it says "let us lay aside every weight and the sin that doth so easily beset us and run with patience the race that is set before us." He forgives, but let's lay it aside. We don't receive the grace of God in vain to lean on a crutch of lying when we feel it's convenient and feel smug that His blood excuses it. Hebrews chapter 3, verses 12 -14 lets us know we can be hardened as Christians (brethren) by the deceitfulness of sin and become partakers only if we hold our confidence steadfast unto the end."
---theresa on 7/28/08

TIMOTHY in telling that you are not disposed to tell them where they are you did say the truth.
Once i was in class and one of the bad guys got it done to turn over the desk of the teacher. now the teacher was furious and questioned one by one. comming to me he asked did you see who it was? so i said yes.all the rest allready had say no to this question when, he asked about the name i told him that i rather would take the punnishment then to get beaten up in the playground. the teacher was angry but did not punnish me. now it is obvious no one needs to lie if he thinks, so a deliberate lie to save your but is not allowed.
---Andy on 7/28/08

No Frances, if we walk in the Spirit, or in the light as he is in the light as it says in I John chapter 1, verse 7 we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. The word "if" presents a challenge. We still have to choose to "follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord",(Hebrews chapter 12, verse 14) Our insurance policy to heaven doesn't support one that lies and doesn't repent. Only the born again believer has the power of the Holy Spirit to be able to "follow holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."
---theresa on 7/27/08

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Frances & all, Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, not for us to continue in our sins. In the letter written to Christian believers in Ephesians chapter 4, they/we are told to put away lying!!! Of course we have Jesus Christ as our advocate with the Father and we can repent, but we are also to be overcomers! In Revelation chapter 2, chapter 3 and in chapter 21 we are told we'll be rewarded for being overcomers. Speaking of the cross, Romans chapter 6, verse 4 says "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
---theresa on 7/27/08


HA... HA.... HA... HA...... not many things make you laugh on this site but... Oh that one breaks up the monotony of dull subjects made my day !!!!LOL Your so Funny.......
---Carla5754 on 7/26/08

Theresa, why did Jesus die on the cross? You make out that there are some people living spotless lives who are going to Heaven and the rest of us sinners are going to Hell. This is not the case. The Good News is that no longer are we condemned by our sins, but God has intervened and once and for all offered up a sacrifice to atone for us, so that we could have access to God through a humble attitude of knowing ourselves to be sinners, in need of forgiveness, and with a God who is willing to forgive all those who believe on His Son. We need the Commandments and the Love rules. (Which are basically one and the same). But if we break them we are still covered by the 'insurance policy'. That is what is so good about the good news.
---frances008 on 7/25/08

Theresa, believers who lie and repent are not the liars that are referred to in Scripture that are bound for the firey lake. Nor are believers who lie and then die in their sins. If you think that God is going to condemn someone because of all their sins when they die, even if they are believers, you are by your own words condemning yourself. The Bible says nobody is perfect. If you hope to get to Heaven under your own steam, I wish you all the best because you certainly will need it.
---frances008 on 7/25/08

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God has given us the Ten Commandments, and after that the Golden Rule. I see that we must not bear false witness against our neighbour (anyone). One thing I would point out is that we all do lie. Anyone who says they have never lied, I would like to meet that person. Even so, our righteousness is dirty rags to God. He is not pleased when we tell the truth 'in love' and actually it is just a heartless and unsubtle attack at the best insensitive, and at the worst calculated to humiliate. I am guilty of being over honest at times when I should have tempered it with a bit of kindness. We live and learn.
---frances008 on 7/25/08

Hi "curious." In answer to your question, the Bible tells us "all unrighteousness is sin" in I John Chapter 5, verse 17. Certain sins mentioned in the Old Testament were viewed as "abominations." However, we aren't to minimize any sin. Revelation Chapter 21, verse 8 says "all liars will have their part in the lake of fire."
---Theresa on 7/24/08

Alan, in answer to your question I would lie if necessary rather than betray someone in the circumstances you describe. I would possible lie to a dying person if I knew the answer they wanted was to hear that they would get better. As I said below, all these are definitely lying and some would call it sin whilst others wouldn't. The only scripture I can think of that would justify this kind of lying is the story of Rahab who lied to save others. I don't see her being reprimanded for that or that God cursed her or anything. I hate lying but we each have to make our own decisions according the circumstances we are in.
---RitaH on 7/24/08

What's the worse: tell a white lie or gossip about others?
---curious on 7/24/08

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Andy, I choose to protect my family over my reputation and if that is a sin then so be it. I would rather repent for a lie then get my children killed and your dodge of the killers demand would most likely accomplish the latter.
---TIMOTHY on 7/24/08

There are times when we are so tempted to tell people what they want to hear rather than the truth, but it is wrong to lie. In Revelation chapter 21, verse 8 says "..all liars will have their part in the lake of fire." There were times Jesus Christ answered not a word. Perhaps this is the better way to prevent from telling lies, rather than to hurt other people's feelings.
---Theresa_Weatherby on 7/24/08

If a killer broke into my house and asked me where my children were, my answer would be in the form of repeated blows to his skull with a blunt instrument.
---ralph7477 on 7/24/08

Timothy, it would be better to tell him the truth and say that you are not disposed to tell him
---Andy on 7/24/08

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Alan: Ah yes, great minds think alike!
---jerry6593 on 7/23/08

If a killer breaks into my house and asks where my children are I most likely am going to tell him a lie! Of course there are times to lie, however they should be the exception rather than the rule.
---TIMOTHY on 7/22/08

Jody, well said!
---old_guy on 7/22/08

When the Pharisees asked Jesus where his authority came from, he refused to tell them. The same when he was on trial before Pilate. God sends the reprobate a strong delusion "so that they would believe a lie".

If someone asks you for your ATM PIN number, for example, it would be wrong to be totally honest and tell him. The proper response would be the true statement "It's none of your business".

We shuldn't lie or be deceptive, but we shouldn't be doormats either. We're to be gentle as doves, yet wise as serpents.
---StrongAxe on 7/22/08

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jerry ... we separately thought about a similar situation!
---alan_of_UK on 7/22/08

It is wrong to lie. This does not in any way encourage us to set about to attack others with our personal perceptions of the truth. In fact, it is sometimes better to simply not respond in situations when it is destructive to blurt out an unchangeable truth. For instance, just because a person is in a wheel chair doesn't mean that they need to hear that they are disabled. What is a persons need to say "you are disabled". Such a revelation by the able bodied person is best unsaid:).It is about the truth tellers motivation. Will it make me feel good or is it important to expose? The bible says that it is better to cover a matter in some situations. On the other hand, we should not avoid an important truth bc it difficult to disclose.
---jody on 7/22/08

Had you been a French person in WW2, and were being questioned by the Gestapo about the whereabouts of members of the Resistance, how would you have responded?
Would you have protected them or betrayed them to the enemy?
---alan_of_UK on 7/22/08

Rich: I found your conundrum to be quite interesting. While I adhere personally to a strict "no lies - ever - not even little white ones" policy, I have found that deception in at least one arena is indeed biblical. Consider the "Jew in the basement" scenario, with the Nazis knocking at the door. Do you tell the Nazis the truth and become an accessory to the Jew's murder? No, you lie because they are the "enemy." The Bible has many situations in which God approved lying to the enemy. War could not be fought without deception.

The Bible proscribes the "bearing of false witness" - not lying. This could be perjury in a courtroom or unknowingly spreading a false rumor in church.
---jerry6593 on 7/22/08

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I am dishonest with the people at my church about what I believe, to keep them off my back.
---old_guy on 7/21/08

Would you lie and say you did not believe in God, in order to stay out of jail in the New World Order? Would you bow down to the Antichrist or admit that you are a Chrstian? Even if it meant risking death? By not telling the truth and testifying to Jesus Christ we are lying by default. Stop the silly legalism of 'ah, you just told a lie' (when it was for a good reason), and start examining whether you ever bother searching out the truth and testifying for Christ. God hates cowards. God looks at the heart. The heart justifies us before God, or condemns us. Get rid of all idolatry.
---frances008 on 7/21/08

Does this answer your question answer this one this time with a lil WISDOM...

A man comes into your surgery to kill his wife at the last minute she runs in to you telling you that she's about to be murdered you have no time to phone the police and he bursts through the door, she just about happens to hide under the table just in time, he grabs you around the neck asking you wheres his wife.

Do you tell him since ''God hates liars ''or do you Lie through your back teeth and fake that you don't know what he's talking about( tell a blatant lie)?
---Carla5754 on 7/21/08

God hates liars, I know that much. And Christians need to guard against lieing. We must learn to think before we speak. Does people want to know the truth, or are they only looking for encouragement? Perhaps a build me up type thing. Mabe people has an ego problem, you also may consider this a possibilty. [You can encourage people without actually lieing to them]. God will do this at times. I have noticed.
---catherine on 7/21/08

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I think that many Christians lie often in a way that they consider is not lying. Anyone who tells their children about Santa Clause, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny is lying. Anyone who tells a terminally ill patient that they will recover (deliberately withholding information about their condition) is lying. Anyone who asks someone else to tell a person who phones, or who rings the door bell, that they are not home, when they are, is lying. Many Christians do this all the time. Whether individuals wish to call that a sin (or not) is their choice but it's still lying.
---RitaH on 7/19/08

God hates liars! Don't say anything, if you do not want to hurt people. Nay or yea should suffice. >>"And the truth shall set you free". It's in there somewhere.
---catherine on 5/21/08

I think "white" lies are still lies. We all know God specifically commanded us not to bear false witness. I think we can phrase the truth so as not to hurt someone's feelings if asked "how do I look" could say "Like a wonderful woman of God" or "Radiant" or "that outfit is very nice". I feel bad for Rich, that's a tough situation. I dont know what the Bible has to say about situations like that.
---Todd1 on 5/21/08

Well, here is my problem with my sin as a perpetual liar. I am an insurance fraud detective and a christian as a detective I have to lie so as to not alert the suspect of either my presence nor allow him/her to know that they are who I am investigating. As a christian I really have problems with lying and truly despise this part of my job, but if I told the truth, I would never get my job done. I am interested in your comments as I struggle with this everyday. Thanks in advance!
---Rich on 5/20/08

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It is always wrong to lie. It's a sin.

If you told the truth at all times, your relationships wouldn't end up in such an unrepairable condition.
---Bob on 2/28/08

It is impossible for God to lie. All good things come from God.Since a lie can't come from God, a lie must NEVER be good.It's never good to lie.There are good ways to tell people things without lying about it.
---Sheila on 5/22/05

Curt ... In your story there, I do not thing you told a lie. A lie is told to for the purpose of deception.

I do not believe that God ever held it against you, even before yuo confessed to Him and asked for His forgiveness.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/28/05

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