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What the Bible Says About Lying

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Don't you just hate it when you find out someone has lied to you? They hate it just as bad when they find out you have lied to them. No one feels good when someone lies to them. Just as we dislike lying and being lied to, the Bible says God despises lying.

He cannot lie because it is impossible for Him to do so, according to Hebrews 6:18. It is not in His nature to lie. Lying is and always will be wrong in the eyes of God.

Lying: Definition

Lying is the act of saying, writing, or portraying something that is untrue. It is telling something that is false. According to Webster's Dictionary, lying is uttering falsehood with the intention to deceive, to cause an incorrect impression, or to mislead.” Lying is causing someone to believe something that is simply not true.

Often lying is a form of negative communication that might have social, legal, religious, or criminal consequences.

Sometimes people joke and say a liar must have a good memory. In other words, a good liar much remember the lies he tells.

Case Studies About Lying

Studies have been conducted about lying over the years. Many studies have concluded that the average person lies at least twenty-five times a day. If an executive doesn't want to be interrupted, he might advise his secretary to tell clients that he is out of the office or in a meeting. Sometimes a lie just rolls off a person's tongue without him having given much thought to the lie.

If you start adding up incidents like that, it is easy to count the times the average person lies. Some of the lies are automatic. Some of them are accidental. Some of them are deliberate.

A survey question was asked, "When do people begin to lie?" The response was, “As soon as a person learns to talk.” Another question was "How do you know a person is lying?" The response was "Whenever his lips are moving."

Reasons People Lie

The majority of people interviewed admitted they have lied and said they would do it again. They gave reasons for telling lies. Many people interviewed said they would lie to protect themselves or to get out of trouble. They also said they would lie to keep from hurting someone else’s feelings. This poll tells us that most people do not have a problem with lying.

Little children caught with their hands in the cookie jar will lie even though the evidence is present. Adults might lie to the police to avoid getting a speeding ticket. From little children all the way up to high government officials, lies are told to avoid punishment for their actions.

People lie to gain something in return. Many people lie on their tax returns to get a refund. A salesman might lie to a customer about a product or service in order to make a sale.

Someone looking for a job might lie about his credentials in order to be hired. Then when he gets the job, he might call in with a lie that he is sick or he has a family emergency when he just wants a day off.

Lying: A Common Sin

Unfortunately, some people think lying is no big deal, but lying is perhaps one of the most common of all sins. Remember that at the end of the day, the average person can count twenty-five times he has lied. No other sin is committed so frequently. Lying is always close to the top of the list of sins because of how often it is committed. Everyone has not committed murder, theft, or some other evil act. However, lying is a sin that probably every human on this earth has committed.

Lying is always wrong and is a sin against God and many times a sin against others. People try to measure their lie by how much damage it does or does not do. Lying can cause someone to be lost no matter how little they think the lie is.

In Acts 5, God demonstrated how much He despises sin by punishing Ananias and his wife Sapphira. They claimed they were giving all of their profit to the church, but they lied and kept part of the money for themselves. God struck both of them dead for lying.


The Source of Lies

It is impossible for God to lie. It is not His nature to lie. Contrary, the source of every lie comes from Satan. The devil is the father of lies. It has been said, “Perhaps a man is never more like the devil than when he is telling a lie.”

John 8:44 says, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” When the devil tells a lie, he speaks from his own resources.

The danger of lying is that it can hurt people. Lying destroys reputations and cost men their lives and more importantly, lying cost men their souls.

Scriptures About Lying

  • Proverbs 6:17 says, “God hates the lying tongue because it is an abomination to the Lord,”
  • Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but they that deal truly are His delight.”
  • Proverbs 13:5 says, “A righteous man hates lying.”
  • Proverbs 21:6 says that a lying tongue is a characteristic of them that seek death and can cost a man his soul.
  • Leviticus 19:11 states, “You shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie to one another.”
  • Colossians 3:9 says, “Lie not to one another.”
  • Titus 1:2 says God cannot lie.
  • Revelation 21:8 says that all liars shall have their part in the second death. That means they will burn in the lake of fire and brimstone.

Types of Lies According to Colors

Many people are familiar with the phrase "a little white lie." There are also black and blue lies.

A white lie is known as a minor untruth that is harmless most of the time. For example, it is the type of lie that is told to keep from hurting someone's feelings. If a woman asks a friend if she looks good in a pair of jeans, the friend might say that she looks nice even though the friend looks horrible in them. To spare the woman's feelings, her friend told "a white lie."

A black lie is just the opposite of a white lie. The liar benefits by hurting someone with a lie.

A blue lie consists of a mixture of a white lie and a black lie. A blue lie results in sparing one person from hurt with a white lie and damaging another with a black lie.