Should a Christian lie?

We all know that we shouldn’t lie, but lets face it, most people do. Whether it be a huge whopper or a little white lie, most people do it.
Lets look at a few ‘little white lies’ and some huge big ones, then we’ll see what the bible says about it.

Little White Lies.

“Yes, that shade of lipstick suits you.” Seems harmless enough.
Afterall, you don’t want to hurt your best friends feelings do you? (a)
In response to a question about how you are feeling, even though you’ve had a rough day: “I’m fine thanks.” (b)

They seem harmless enough, but are they really? (There are ways of being honest with someone without hurting their feelings.)

Big Whoppers.
“No, I didn’t cheat on you dear”, knowing full well you did with that attractive blonde from the office. (c)
“Only 3 sleeps til Santa comes kids.” We know that Santa isn’t real, yet some people, even professing Christians, perpetuate the lie of Santa. (d)

Now, lets have a look at what God says about lying about these particular things.

(a) “Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.” Psalm 78:36
(b) “A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.” Proverbs 26:28
(c) “A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” Proverbs 17:4
(d) “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is    

Here are some more verses about lying.
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.” Proverbs 6:16,17
“He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” Psalm 101:7
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

As if that last one wasn’t bad enough, here’s one that should really make you think twice the next time you go to tell a porky. (A porky is short for porky pie, which is another way of saying a lie.)
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Do not bring your children up on lies about Santa and the Easter Bunny. It tells them that it’s ok to lie because Mum and Dad have lied to them about those particular things.

If you are not yet a Christian and you have been perpetuating these lies, if you do become born again, your children will have less chance of believing you if you’ve lied to them in the past. Why would they believe you if you’ve lied about such important things (important to a child) like Santa or the Tooth Fairy?!  They are all make believe and have no part of a Christian life.

These are only some examples of what we lie about, but there are many more.
Don’t get caught in the cycle of lying, because it will get you nowhere.

It’s time to stop lying and start speaking truth.
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5

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My first Christian church experience.

I first started going to church a couple of years ago now. I remember the first time I went.
I made a comment to a lady who is an elder there, and who I also know personally.
I said “It’s just like being at the pub, but without the alcohol and cigarette smoke”.
That should have been my first hint that it was not the best place to be.

We are not supposed to be like the world, we are supposed to be separate.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17,18

We are not supposed to try to be ‘cool’ like the world and adapt to fit others to get them into church. It’s supposed to be the other way around.
I liken it to a parent who learns the lingo of their children, or starts dressing ‘cooler’ to try to be more acceptable, and fit in with their children. While I think it’s great they want to be able to relate to their children, it’s dangerous because the children will probably lose respect for their parents and take them less seriously.
“But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

If we want people to take us Christians, and more importantly, God, seriously, we need to show them that we live by the bible and set the example of bible believing Christians.
“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.” Titus 2:7

Who did Cain marry?

I have been reading a book called “The Creation Answers Book” and was reading about Cain. It’s written by the same people who run creation.com.
A huge question that people want to know the answer to is “Who was Cain’s wife?”

In the book, there is a story of an old man who said he would accept Christ if someone could answer his question of who was Cain’s wife. No-one could ever answer him, so he went to his grave, never accepting Christ because he could not believe the bible.
If someone had have been able to answer him, he could possibly have been saved.

There was also a story of a woman who, for years, had been smugly asking people the same question (believing no-one could answer her), even offering $1000 to the person who could answer her.
It was at a fair in a small country town that one of the contributors to this book told her the answer. She was shocked and “in a daze” when told the answer. She simply could not believe that someone told her the answer.
The man refused the money though.We are told in 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
Are we prepared enough to answer those questions that atheists and non-believers alike ask, as in the one above?We need to be able to answer those questions because it just might make someone think outside of their own box.
If they can be shown that the bible isn’t just a “story book”, then they might actually be brave enough to take up a copy and read it.
You never know, your answer could just save a soul. (Or at least get them thinking anyway.)  😉

Here is the link to the actual chapter in the book I’ve been reading: Who was Cain’s wife?

I hope this clears the question up for you. Don’t forget to share it if you know of anyone, Christians or unbelievers, who would like to know the answer to this question. 🙂