Liar, liar….pants for hire….no wait

A lie is an intentionally false statement.
To lie is to say something that you know is false with the intention to make it seem true to someone else.
A lie is any designed for of deception.
A lie is anything that you say or don’t say that deceives someone else and it is usually a self-centered thing. While saying that someone is as big as a house is demeaning (depending on whether it is a compliment or not) a person would not be actually lying because you are in a sense comparing the two (this guy is a big guy)
it all falls onto intent. Was such a statement used to flatter someone else so that you can manipulate him or her later?
Was it just a compliment?
I had a terrible time with lying as I grew up and it lasted into my late 20’s. It started out as deception to keep me out of trouble but then it leads to secrecy and to the point to where you lie to cover up the 2000 other lies that you told. That is some tangled web.
Lying comes naturally to our flesh. (Romans 7:5,18, 8:8)
Just look at a little child. They will lie naturally. It is not taught to them, they just know by the sin nature that is in them.
There are those who say that lying is condoned in the Bible, yet God tells us not to lie
(Leviticus 19:11; Colossians 3:9-10)

The Hebrew midwives lied to the king of Egypt rather than carrying out his decree of killing all male Hebrew babies; the midwives did this because they “feared God” (Exodus 1:15-20)

Rahab lied to the king of Jericho about hiding the spies (Joshua 2:4-5) and was not killed with those who were disobedient because of her faith (Hebrews 11:31)
 
The Lord sent a lying spirit to the prophets of Ahab so that he would go to war and die in battle (1 Kings 22:22)

Some even believe that Jesus lied in John 7:8-10 because He did go to the feast later but that would make God a liar and it would make Him go against His word. (Isaiah 53:9, 1 Peter 2:22)

Sin is sin regardless of who or what it is and for whatever reason it is intended.
There are no little white lies and there are not safe lies
God says DO NOT LIE
Exodus 20:16
Psalms 5:6
Proverbs 24:28

Satan is a liar. The very first lie recorded is his lie to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:4-5)
Abraham lied more than once (Genesis 12:11-19)
Isaac
Jacob
David
I have lied
You have lied
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but aren’t you glad that He doesn’t look at the person. He doesn’t put us under a microscope. He looks at us through the blood of Jesus Christ. When you become a Christian, when you are saved, you receive a new nature. A nature that is from God. You receive His Spirit and when you walk in the Spirit you will not fulfill the lusts of that old man, that old flesh. But we must remember that being a Christian doesn’t make us sinless, but it does make us want to sin less. You don’t want to lie; you don’t want to deceive when you know the Truth (John 14:6)

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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3 Responses to Liar, liar….pants for hire….no wait

  1. Rick Beckman says:

    Coincidentally (or, more likely, providentially), John Piper posted on this same subject today:

    https://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/TasteAndSee/ByDate/2008/3044_Does_God_Lie/

  2. Clint Rodgers says:

    That would be the second article I have ever read from John Piper. Do you like him Rick?
    I agree with everything I have seen from him thus far.

  3. Rick Beckman says:

    John Piper is an amazing teacher. If you are able, read his book “Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.” It’s available freely online via his website. Worth however much time you spend reading it! :-D

    I have found little to disagree with John Piper on and cannot think of anything, actually, at the moment that I have!

    Other teachers out there that I’d recommend include James White, R.C. Sproul, and Mark Driscoll.

    Francis Schaeffer & Philip Yancey have also written some wonderful books.

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