The Truth About Lying

What does the Bible say about lying? The Bible makes it very clear that God hates lying and that He expects us to be truthful people. One of the original 10 commandments of the Old Testament Law is devoted to truth telling. Commandment #9 is: You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16). Two forms of lying are included in Proverbs 6.: 16-19.

There are 6 things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him:

  • Haughty eyes
  • A lying tongue
  • Hands that shed innocent blood
  • A heart that devises wicked schemes
  • Feet that are quick to rush into evil
  • A false witness who pours out lies
  • A Person that stirs up dissension among brothers.

When describing those who will judge in the lake of fire, God includes liars (Revelation 21:8).

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all the liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

Psalm 51:6 says: Surely you desire truth in the inner parts…

But we might wonder why truth is so important to God.

For starters, God’s intense concern for truthfulness centers in God’s very nature. The Bible tells us that God is a “God of truth” (Psalm 31:5). The Bible tells us God cannot lie. (Titus 1:2). Jesus is “full of grace and truth. (John 1:14). The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of Truth.” and that His mission is to guide us to all truth (John 16:13).

Psalm 33:4 says: For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. And Jesus tells us that truth is key to our worship of God. “God is Spirit,” and His worshippers must worship in spirit and truth.” ( John 4:24).

Therefore, our commitment to truth aligns us with God, both in God’s nature and in God’s mode of operating.

And since our very purpose in existing as God’s children is to be confirmed to the image of God (Romans 8:29), then we must not participate in falsehood, for that would tarnish the reflection of God’s glory to us. In other words, if God is truth. Then we too must portray truth to accurately reflect God’s image in our lives.

Truth lies in character. Christ did not simply speak the truth, He was truth – truth through and through, for truth is a thing not of words but a life and being.

Frederick William Robertson

Therefore, as children of God, we must not only speak the truth in words, but we must be truth through and through. Truth must permeate our entire lives and being.

Another important reason why we should be people who speak the truth – it is a matter of submission and obedience to God, God’s word commands us to speak the truth.

Proverbs 13:5 says: The righteous hate what is false.

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