Have you ever told a little white lie? Did you actually believe that the lie wouldn’t affect the person if you dress it in white? Truthfully telling a lie never benefits anyone except the liar (temporarily of course). A little white lie is a bald-faced lie with a color attached to it. The effects of lying and attaching the color white to it does not cause the recipient any less pain.
“Why attach the color white to a lie?”
Simply stated, lying is making an untrue statement with the intent to deceive.
When we think of the color white, we associate it with purity or cleanliness. Attaching the color white to a lie won’t soften the blow. A lie is still a lie, no matter how you try to sugarcoat it. Attaching a color to a lie makes the liar” a deceiver.”
Dishonesty causes agony, stress, and heartbreak. Loss and damages occur when lies are told. You take the risk of losing the people you care for. Covering up the truth is deception, and after the facts are uncovered, the damage done will be difficult or impossible to reverse. Regaining someone’s trust can take years to rebuild. If you value someone’s friendship, honesty should reflect the love you have for that person. Honesty is always the best policy. “It best to tell the truth and nothing but the truth!”
Lying is definitely a sin, and telling part of the truth is deceptive. Leviticus 19:11 commands us not to lie or deceive one another.
Does God Lie?
It is impossible for God to lie. He is the Holy and Righteous. He cannot contradict His pure character. God is not the author of lies, nor does He ordain lying. He operates by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Jesus identified satan as the father of lies; (John 8:44).
If God could lie:
- He would not be the eternal personal Holy God revealed in the Bible through Jesus Christ.
- He would be like us. We sometimes lie, misrepresent, or distort the truth. He is not like us. God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).
- Who would place their faith in a God who cannot be trusted in what He says?
- He would have something in common with the father of lies, satan; (John 8:44).
satan’s Biggest Deception
satan’s biggest deception is making people believe that he’s not real. He sends fiery darts and arrows into our minds with the intent of deceiving us; (Eph. 6:16). These arrows enter our minds in the form of doubt, unbelief, and confusion. We must not be ignorant of his evil methods of deception.
Lying was the very first sin committed in the world. satan twisted God’s truth when he told Eve that she would not die if she partook of the forbidden fruit from the tree located in the middle of the Garden; (Genesis 3). Eve believed satan, and she and Adam partook of the forbidden fruit. The consequence of Adam’s sin resulted in spiritual separation from God. Since then, all of creation suffers from the effect of one lie; (Rom. 8:19).
Cheaters Never Prosper
All sin is equally offensive to God; one sin does not outweigh another. Sin is sin, and God does not condone sin. Some people believe that it’s OK to lie, especially if the reason is in good faith. Embellishing a lie is still lying regardless of the human reasoning behind it. There are consequences to every lie regardless of the situation or the amount of time that has expired before the liar is exposed.
Lying on a job application or resume is harmful to all parties involved. Each applicant is unjustly cheated out of having a fair opportunity for employment. The employer is lied to because false information has been submitted as being factual.
I actually had a conversation with someone who believes that God made an exception for the lie that he told on his resume. He believes that the lie was a blessing because God turned things around in his favor. I told him I didn’t believe that God would do that. But he felt really strongly about it, and he preceded to explain the reason why God would use lies to bless someone in order to meet a need, and he used Romans 8:28 to validate his belief.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 has been taken out of context by this young man. When the enemy plots evil against us, God turns the evil around for good, for those who love Him and have been called ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. His purpose is His will. God does not turn around the sin that we purpose in our hearts to commit in order to get what we want.
However, I do believe that God uses the bad choices that we make regarding sin as teaching tools. We learn that all sin has dire consequences. Therefore, we must turn away from sin and purpose in our hearts to make better choices.
*Please note the following:
- God needs no help from anyone to carry out HIS WILL.
- God’s blessings are already ordained for us.
- God does not take the deception created by us and use it to bless us with what we think we deserve. (Continue to page 2)