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Rick and Jonathan talk about how mainstream and biblical topics mix in today’s world. This a discussion from several different angles that will make you think about the Bible like you never have before! Sign up for the “CQ Rewind” free written transcript of each episode at our website.
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Should We EVER Lie?
4 days ago
To understand lying from a biblical perspective we need to get a sense of Biblical morality. A very simple way to do that is to look at the Ten Commandments – they can all be boiled down one word – RESPECT – respect for God, respect for your family and respect for those around you. Respect is a simple theme carried throughout the Bible, and lying is for the most part a blatant and willful display of disrespect and therefore contrary to biblical morality.
The Bible actually does have a lot to say about lying. We know that a lie from Satan to Eve began mankind’s downward spiral of sin and death, so right there you see that lying causes trouble. One of the Ten Commandments is about not "bearing false witness against your neighbor"– it is focusing us on being truthful. In Proverbs there is a list of seven things God hates and, you guessed it, lying is on that list. Not only is it on the list once, it is an element of a second thing that God hates and can actually be implicated in the other five as well. Our conclusion so far: lying is definitely not good!
So, how did God deal with lying in the Bible? There are lots of biblical accounts of people lying – both good and bad people lied and for both good and bad reasons as well. Did God always strike people down when they lied? Did God ever ignore the lies when they were for a good cause? Did God go as far as to bless someone because they lied?
The answer to all of these questions is no, but as with most things ethical, there is much more to the story than just a simple one word answer. Suffice it to say, God’s highest principles ring true throughout Scripture as He blesses His people – even those who lied. How? Check out our September 26, 2016 broadcast “Should We EVER Lie?” and follow along as we examine what lying is, how to avoid it and finding God’s blessing after a lie. It is a fascinating look into the reality of our imperfect human condition.