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The Bible has a lot to say about lies, lying and liars. What they are like, and what their ultimate fate will be (No, it’s not as politicians or lawyers). I suppose it’s an odd topic to fixate on, but that is what’s been clogging my brain lately, so that is what I shall write about, today 🙂
It’s probably safe to say that most people hate to be lied to. That is understandable, as lies have a nasty habit of growing and eventually hurting a lot of unsuspecting victims. Broken political promises, marriage vows or declarations of friendship can be particularly devastating to those whose trust has been violated.
Interestingly enough, many people I know seem to despise those they consider to be habitual liars…even when they themselves have been known to manufacture some pretty incredible tales. The Apostle Paul touched on this inconsistently applied measure of “it’s okay when I do it, but if anyone does it to me, it’s not acceptable” in Romans 1-2, (esp chapter 2). Actually, I’d highly recommend reading both chapters, as I see them as being indispensable to better comprehending this issue.
I think most Christians (and many non-Christians) have at some point been threatened with Hell as a result of telling a lie. While I have a personal compulsion to tell the truth, I have to admit to occasionally swerving dishonorably into the realm of dealing in half-truth, or failing to correct someone else’s misunderstanding. I think we all do, at times.
Also, I suppose most of us have known (or will meet) someone who might be described as “unable to tell the truth if it would save his/her life”. I believe secular psychologists label them as “pathological” in their inclination. This would suggest that they neither have the ability to distinguish the truth nor the interest in knowing what it really is. As this is a particularly extreme manifestation, the practice of lying stands out to me as worthy of closer examination…especially in light of
Revelation 21:8 (ESV)
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
Psalm 116:11 (ESV)
I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.”
Yeah. Wonderful! That covers pretty much all of us. So, what does this even mean?
Well, the beginning of the answer can be located in Romans 1, where the Apostle Paul wrote of a separation from God that occurred because “they” who knew Him did not honor or thank Him. As a result of their bad attitude, God let them go their own way in order to reap the ugly consequences of their choice.
According to Paul, all of the evil deeds (including deceit) which are listed in Romans 1:28-32 are an extended result of being cut off from God’s presence. In other words, we do/say bad things as evidence of having been separated from close communion with our Creator.
BTW, it is interesting to compare the Romans 1 sequence of events to those of Genesis 3, There, it is clear that the original temptation to “the woman” was to ignore God’s instruction and determine for herself the difference between right and wrong. The specific sin involved was disrespect for authority and ingratitude…just like Paul described in Romans 1:21.
I’m out of time for today, so will park my little tour bus and let you check the linked passages, if you wish. Hopefully, will be able to conclude this thought tomorrow.