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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