October 7

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Is It Okay To Tell A Lie?

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Is it okay to lie when it is not a “big” one? How about when someone’s feelings may be hurt if you tell the truth? Can you lie if you think it will not hurt anything or anyone, maybe to dress up a resume or make your story more entertaining? Many people believe it is acceptable to lie in some or all of these situations.

The Bible teaches that lying is a sin and will be punished by God, even under the merciful system of the gospel. Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, lied about the money they gave to the apostles and God struck them dead (Acts 5:1-11). This shows us that God is serious about lying, and sin in general, and will not tolerate it from His people.

Truth is the right way, even if it means negative consequences will follow. Maybe you will lose your job by telling the truth. Your spouse may divorce you if you tell him/her that you have committed adultery. Still, God’s policy is for us to tell the truth.

Lying comes from Satan. Jesus said the devil “is a liar and the father of it” (Jn. 8:44). Those who lie truly have the devil as their father. This character flaw must be put away if one is to please God (Col. 3:9).

John wrote that “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8). Think about this the next time you are tempted to tell a lie.


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