Why do we lie? At times it is a response prompted by fear. Other times it is a cloak of deception used to obtain something we want. Other times it intended to make us appear to be something we are not. Sometimes it is so chronic it is nothing but a habit.
We lie to others, God and ourselves. In each case we are either trying to hide something or are attempting to promote that which is not right. We lie because we are afraid of the truth and what it will expose. We lie because we are afraid of punishment, lazy, greedy or just want others to like us.
There are a few very important things to remember about lies. A lie must always be remembered. Once the truth is spoken, there remains nothing more to do or say. But, once a lie is uttered, it must be forever remembered lest contradictions arise which are self incriminating and open the door to distrust.
Lies cover up the truth when the truth is too hard to handle or unprofitable. Lies cover up what was and open doors to what we want to be. Starting with Adam and Eve in the Garden and continuing unto the present, people have tried to lie their way out of mistakes made believing lies provide the perfect antidote for the harsh reality of the truth.
Most people cannot handle the truth. Truth demands extreme honesty and humility to accept. When the truth is too hard to bear, lies provide a convenient way out. Lies express denial of what truth reveals to be real.
Why does a child lie? Why does a child immediately deny they did anything wrong? Of course the reason is fear of punishment. Why do adults lie? Many times it is because the fear of punishment outweighs the willingness to be honest.
The serpent convinced Eve that God was a liar and that the dire predictions regarding what would happen if His Word was rejected would never happen. Convinced there would indeed be no retribution for breaking the commandment of God bred the arrogance to flagrantly disobey God's Word and the zeal to convince Adam to do the same.
Jesus said that the devil is a liar and the father of lies. In light of this, obviously no lie can ever be good or right. Lies destroy relationships and are a breeding ground for all sorts of ugly things. We must constantly be on guard that we do not fall prey to the temptation to lie our way out of matters.
Honesty is not easy many times for it demands humility. By our very nature we do not like the idea we could be wrong. This, in part, is why we work so hard to develop intricate lies which, in our minds, justify our behavior and clear our name.
Lies and the truth mix like oil and water. No lie can be true and the truth cannot lie. As we probe into this issue, I pray we all understand how subtle lies are and how important it is that we seek the truth, accept the truth and stand steadfastly upon the truth no matter how difficult it may be. More on this important subject later.
We live in a society which accepts and even encourages lying. We call them "little white lies" but a lie is a lie and considering that Jesus Himself declared the enemy to be a liar and the father of lies, when we indulge in this type of behavior we are not behaving like a child of God.
We call them "half-truths" but the truth is either the truth or it is not the truth.
Yes-and as K addressed-white lies-they are still lies! Thank you for addressing this dear Brother and God Bless you richly! Dave
I enjoyed the post. It is amazing that technically after telling just one tiny lie a person is a liar. So I guess that would include everyone since there is likely no child out there who has not told at least a minor fib, nor is there any babe in Christ who likely hasn't either.
It is also interesting, too, that people try to make the Father look like a liar. Jesus was accused as well. So we know we may also be falsely accused. Many innocent people sit in jail cells.
I am thinking of John 7 when Jesus went up to the feast after saying, "You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come. (v.7) Our Lord never sinned and never lied but He had a reason for going to the festival in disguise. Sometimes we are guilty of twisting things and making others look like liars when we don't really know what is actually going on.
Thankfully, when we do sin, we have this comfort:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 1 John 2:1
The Lord bless you.
Some of us lie because we were raised in an environment of lies... I lie because my dad lied... often and about nothing important. It seemed like the thing to do to get noticed. It has taken me years of hard work to slow it down. Notice I did not say stop. I have not stopped. I did not think of it as lying when I would make my stories "more colorful" when I would tell them. Who am I kidding? :) Only me I would suspect. Some time back I noticed that peoples eyes glaze over... I never noticed that before. My adult children will roll their eyes.. when did they start that? :D I guess I have known it all along... I began trying to put the brakes on my story telling. Now as a brand new Christian, the Lord is helping me see with new eyes... His eyes.. that making my stories "more colorful" is just plain lying and nobody enjoys it or believes me or respects me. Time to stop and grow up... I am growing... God Bless you all ~Lori Anne