“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”John 8:44 NLT
What is a lie?
Dictionary says it is a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
synonyms: prevarication, falsification.
something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture:
One of the characteristics of Satan is lying. Lying is in his nature. In fact he is described as the father of all lies in the above scripture. Can you remember what he did to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden?
“But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”” Genesis 2:16-17 NLT
But this was what the devil told them.
“…… “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”” Genesis 3:1 NLT
God never told them that they couldn’t eat of any of the trees in the garden. He told them they could eat of all except one. This is how deceitful the devil is. And because he knows what he’s like and where his eternal destination is (hell), he wants to take people along with him. One of the easiest ways he does this is making us lie.
The devil makes us see lying like a lesser sin when compared to other sins like murder, idolatry, fornication, stealing etc. He has even made us frame a word for acceptable lies. Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘white lie’?
I have just googled it and this definition came up.
a harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.
Well that is kind of cool isn’t it? Besides it’s a harmless lie. The intention is not to cause any harm. This is what the devil has made us accept. He has painted it in such a way that the fact it is false information and it is a lie doesn’t really matter in some instance.
In writing this I have just discovered that there are actually 4 colours or types of lies. I do not intend to elaborate on them because it contradicts what the bible says. A lie is a lie and lie is sin regardless of the colour of lies you tell.
I understand that there are some awkward situations where we find ourselves and lying almost becomes the best option to go for but I believe this is where we can overcome when we rely on the Holy Spirit to help us. We can say the truth at all times by the help of the spirit if we consciously desire to do this.
The standard of God is sure!
“But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”” 2 Timothy 2:19 NLT
Lying is evil. We cannot bend God’s standard to meet our standard. We have to adjust our lives to meet His. His standard is what He will use to judge on the day of judgment. “God I only told a white lie” will not save you on the judgment day.
So stop calling in sick at work when you know you just want to go hang out with your girlfriends. Stop saying “I am not at home” when you know you are sitting in your sofa in your house. Stop telling someone to answer that call and say you are sleeping. Stop those ‘little’ lies you tell because in God’s eyes, they aren’t little.
I think one of the reasons some of us lie is because we are experiencing ‘people boundage’. I intend to write about this topic soon. The moment you realise that God is your master and you are to live to please Him, the moment you realise that He is your source, you will rather displease man than to displease Him.
In conclusion, when you lie, you are identifying yourself with the devil. A lie is a lie. A lie is a sin.