Friday, October 30, 2015

Proverbs 8:6-9: Lying. Is it a big deal?

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Proverbs 8:6-9
Excellent things: princely things—as from a commander or honorable position; excellent things
Right things: in ethical sense, uprightness, as taught in the school of wisdom

Truth: trustworthiness, faithful,
Wickedness: wrong (especially moral)
Abomination: something disgusting (morally)

Righteousness: the right (natural, moral or legal), accurate
Nothing: does not exist
Crooked: fraudulent, anything tortuous (not direct or straightforward), deceitfully indirect
Perverse: distorted, false

Plain: straightforward, correct, integrity, right, uprightness
Understands: diligently, discerns
Right: straightforward, just upright
Find: thing sought, acquire
Knowledge: discernment, understanding, wisdom

Is it really something to ignore? Or is it a big deal? 

Is there such a thing as a "white lie"?
It is ok to lie so you don't hurt a person's feelings?
Is it EVER ok to lie?
Are there circumstances that warrant lying? 

What is a lie?
a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; anintentional untruth; a speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive; convey a false impression
What does lying do? 
First off, it lays a foundation for mistrust. How can one be trusted if they lie? 
Second, it makes one question everything said thereafter. If you lied once, are you lying now? 
And lastly,  it starts a snowball effect. For when you lie once, you must maintain the lie, and that leads to additional lies. 

Justification for lying? 
Is there such a thing? Well, it's so we don't hurt someone's feelings. REALLY? Tell a lie, so that person can't trust us later? That justifies lying? 
If I tell the truth, the person won't like me? Again, REALLY? A person would like you if you lied, but not if you told the truth. And if that person won't like you if you told the truth, what does it say about that person? Is that really someone you want to like you? Someone whose relationship is based on mistrust and lying? Yeah, that's a great foundation for friendship—NOT! 

Lying. It is a big deal. It is not something to ignore. 
Wisdom does not lie. Wisdom is to be trusted. Wisdom doesn't try to flatter or smooth talk her way around issues. Wisdom is straightforward and honest! 

Perhaps if we all had hearts that were permeated with a deep sense of reverence (fear) for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), there would be a lot less lying and more honesty.
Lying is a big deal, because it is sin. That's it, period. No white lies, not justification, call it what it is—SIN. And that is a big deal to God. And if you want to live in accordance with His wisdom, lying will be a big deal to you too.

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