Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Lying is defined as the act of making an untrue statement with the intent to deceive someone. It is stating something that is false or misleading in an attempt to impress people or to get them to change their minds based on false information. Lying is deliberately speaking what is not true.
Lying is not an acceptable trait that anyone should have and especially God's children. However, according to a Pew Research Center survey, 67% of all Christians in the United States lie from time to time. The 81% of those who describe themselves as "highly religious" lie a lot. That number is very high and is only for those who admit it. If the truth is told, it would be much higher if those who didn't admit it were included.
A Pew Religious Landscape study in the US shows that the Christians who have the highest rate of telling lies are Black Protestants. That is not a racist statement. Also, that is not to say that every Black Protestant is a liar.
Lying: Never a Good Thing
Lying is never a good thing, but sometimes people do it. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth did a survey to determine who lies more often. The research showed that men lie more often than women, and they boast about being better liars.
In other words, men admit that they are bigger and better liars, according to lead researcher Dr. Brianna Verigin. She stated that men were more than twice as likely to consider themselves to be expert liars who can get away with it.
Both men and women lie for various reasons, but the Bible warns against lying.
Scriptures About Lying
The Bible says more things about lying than most people realize. In fact, there are 166 scriptures that warn against lying because it is an abomination to God. Lying is forbidden according to one of the Ten Commandments that say, "Thy shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor (Exodus 20:16). Leviticus 19:11 says, "You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another."
There are many other scriptures in the Bible that should keep people from lying. Here are just a few of those scriptures about lying and the consequences of doing so.
- No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes. Psalm 101:7
- Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19
- Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. Proverbs 12:22
- A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish. Proverbs 19:9
These Things Happen When People LIe
When people have a habit of lying, they begin to believe their own lies. Over time, they will not be able to distinguish their own lies from the truth.
People who lie cannot be trusted even when they tell the truth.
Lying is a sin that negatively impacts your relationship with God. If you love God the way you say you do, then you will not lie to Him or to His people. In order to be in a sincere, intimate relationship with God and with others, develop the habit of telling the truth instead of lying.
Break the Habit of Lying
The habit of lying can be broken. It might be tempting to lie when you think it will benefit you in some way, but remember that lying is a sin and an abomination to God. You might be able to get away with lying for a while, but your sin will find you out.
Lying will ultimately have a negative effect not only on your own life, but on the lives of the people around you, such as members of your family, friends, and co-workers, You might be able to fool some people some of the time, but you can't fool God any time. Even when you forget what you have lied about, God remembers all things.
If you have been lying most of your life, the habit might be hard to break. It is something that needs to be done, but you can't do it on your own. Therefore, pray to God to help you break the bad habit of lying.
Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. Psalm 120:2