~Thou Shalt Not Lie~
I could start this post by asking, “Do you appreciate being lied to?” I could give you different scenario’s where, of course, you would want to be told the truth. However, all of that is secondary. What is the primary thing then? God is first, and what God says is final. His Word is authoritative, whether people like that or not. Because if it were only based on if we wanted to be lied to or not, if it was only based on self, that would make us first. Anyone who makes themselves first makes themselves God, which is idolatry.
God speaks about this topic using related words, such as false, falsehood, falsely, lie, liar, lieth, etc.,but what we are looking at is:
“Does God hate lying?”
The answer to that is, ‘yes’. Prov. 6:16-19 says, “These six things doth Yehovah hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be quick in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among the brethren.”
‘A false witness that speaketh lies’, has a lying tongue. God hates it and calls it an abomination to Him. (The word ‘abomination’ in Hebrew is toeba; it means, ‘loathsome, detestable thing.’)
‘A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations’. One area this can be said of is; in teaching our children about mythical characters such as; Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Toothfairy, etc. People have made up these imaginary characters, and taught these wicked imaginations to their children.
Our parents were lied to, in turn they lied to us. Then we, in turn begin to lie to our children. We need to break the chains and stop, now!
People may say, Oh those things are not wicked, they are good. However, they are not reality, so they are not true. These characters are given attributes of deity that they do not have because they do not exist. Many professing Christians lead their children in these lies, just as the world does; turning their childrens hearts to these things. Then “worship” the living God and act like they’ve done nothing wrong. These people are hypocrites and double minded.
In this country we have inherited traditions that are rooted in nothing but lies. We must stop passing this on to our children. We have a responsibility to speak the truth to our children, and to lead by example in obedience to the truth of God’s word.
Ps. 78:36,37 “Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant.”
“This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” Mark 7:6
“Does God lie?”
Another thing we need to look at is, “Does God lie?” the answer to that is ‘no’.
Tit. 1:2 says, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.”
There are only a few things that God cannot do; one of those things is that He cannot lie. When the Bible says that “With God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26), it does not mean that it is possible for God to lie.
Yehoshua said, ” I am the way, the truth and the life” (Jn. 14:6).
God cannot be the truth if he lies. Not only can God not lie, but he also always tells the truth. He is the truth; you cannot separate ‘God’ from ‘truth’. (The word’ truth’ in Hebrew, is Emet, which means, ‘faithfulness; reliability; trustworthiness; what conforms to reality; in contrast to what is false’) God is truth.
People are trying to eliminate the true God from their hearing, thinking, seeing, everything. They are trying to change foundational principles, and it is a disaster every time. They are lying and deceiving themselves, because the truth (God) is not in them.
Where did the first lie come from, and who told it?
“And Yehovah commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest of it, thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:16-17)
“And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Gen. 3:4-5 The very first lie was told in the garden of Eden, by Satan (the Devil) to Eve.
Eve believed Satan, instead of God. She came out from under the authority of Adam, her husband, and out from under the authority of God. Therefore placing herself in a position where the Devil became her authority. Eve believed Satan’s lie instead of God’s truth. Death came into the world and passed upon all people. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Rom. 5:12
Whoever you obey is who you serve. The devil tried to get Yehoshua to obey him and make Him his servant. Yehoshua set us an example, showing that the greatest among us will be the servant. But ultimately a servant to God, never to the Devil.
Father of Lies
The Devil is the father of all lies and liars. “Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father will ye 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.” Jn. 8:44 This is where lying comes from. If you are a liar, the Scripture is clear that the Devil is your father and not God.
1Jn. 2:21 says, “No lie is of the truth.” Since God is truth, in turn a lie cannot be of God.
Excuses used for lying
The ends justify the means.
Rom. 3:7,8 “For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto His glory; why am I yet also judged as a sinner? And not rather (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm we say) let us do evil that good may come? whose damnation is just.”
It’s not a lie; it’s just make believe!
You make them believe something untrue is really true. That’s evil. You make them believe that something is real, when in fact, it does not even exist! That’s pretty delusional! But, while all these false things are promoted, honored, and exalted as real and true, the real and true God is not only dishonored, but is said not to exist!
God’s word is final; if you don’t speak truth, you are lying. Would you justify yourself and make God out to be a liar? The Scripture says, “Let God be true, and every man a liar.” (Rom. 3:4)
This does not mean that all men are supposed to be lying; obviously we are all already guilty of lying because we’re all sinners. God sent His Son, Yehoshua, the only sinless one. He came to die on the cross for the sins of all the world.
We need to stop justifying our own actions and saying that God is unjust in the process. Take responsibility for our own actions, and stop blaming God.
It’s not a lie; just a fib/white lie/little lie.
Call it what you want, but God will not be mocked. He knows that it was a lie; one lie turns into another and so on. Your ‘fib’, or whatever you want to call it, to make yourself feel better, is still a lie. We must repent of those lies and forsake them if we want to be forgiven by God.
It’s not a lie, I just didn’t say everything.
If you are selling anything, and there is something terribly wrong with it (house, car, animal, etc.), and you don’t disclose this information, you are lying. You are presenting it in a way that is untrue. You are lying by being fraudulent. You are bearing false witness concerning what you are selling.
There have been many times when my little children come to me, telling how one of their brothers or sisters were ‘mean’ to them. I have learned that I need to hear the accused side of the story. This is because sometimes only half the story is told. The accuser leaving out the side where they might have done something wrong. This is only a half-truth, and is still a lie.
Pr. 18:13 says that, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”
Jn. 7:51 “Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?”
Who among us would want to be in court, falsely accused, and after the judge heard the false witnesses against you; did not allow you to give a defense or utter a single word. You were just to face the punishment? No one would want that!
I was just kidding!
“So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor and saith, Am not I in sport?” (Prov. 26:19)
“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. ” Matthew 5:37
Do people truly mean what they say, when they are telling their children about Santa, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, etc? Of course not, but many would say they are just kidding.
Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The devil made me do it.
This excuse is made by someone who doesn’t want to take responsibility for their own actions. It is a denial of your free will, and that you have a choice to follow God or follow the Devil. You are either led by God’s Spirit or led by your flesh.
Yehoshua said “My sheep know me and they hear my voice; they will not listen to the voice of the stranger” (Satan). Jn 10:27
That excuse denies a persons responsibility. We have the ability to respond to God and His leading. The Bible says in Josh. 24:15 to, “Choose you this day whom you will serve….but as for me and my household, we will serve Yehovah.” You have a choice.
If people really want the lie, God will give them over to it. Why?
2Thes. 2:9-12 says, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Lying in our lives
Col. 3:9 “Lie not one to another seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.”
Psalm 62:4 “They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly.”
Psalm 63:9 “But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.”
“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.” (Prov. 19:5) Escape from what or where? Eternal punishment.
Rev. 21:8 “But the cowardly 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.”
We have been taught that lying is okay. This foundational truth has been destroyed.
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3
I have prayed and asked God, and He has shown me the answer found in Is. 58:12 We must repair the breech. It’s not a physical thing; it’s a spiritual thing. You repair the breech, and the paths to dwell in.
This is what I am seeking to do by writing this post. When the foundation is destroyed, you rebuild it; not someone else’s way, but by the Master’s plan. It’s not some new plan, some new revelation. God doesn’t change; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore His plans never change.
Men, as fathers, we are the rulers of our households. If we believe lies, and lead our families in lies, they continue down the same path until someone stops the process.
Prov. 30:8 “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, who is Yehovah? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
Ps. 40:4 “Blessed is the man that maketh Yehovah his trust and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies”
We are commanded to trust Him and teach our children to trust Him. We are not to regard or respect those who are proud or turn aside to lies. Instead of focusing on Yehoshua and following Him they turn off the path of righteousness to follow Satan’s lies.
If we claim to be a Christian, and say that the God of truth lives in us, we must see lying for what it is. Then repent and walk in newness of life in this and all areas.