What’s the Big Deal About Telling Lies?

Is it really that big of a deal when we tell a little white lie? What does it hurt? The answer to that is, “It hurts God”. He created us in His image and that image is about His character. When we lie, are we reflecting the image of God? NO! Because God is Truth.

I recently wrote a Bible study for Gracefully Truthful on why God includes Lying in the Ten Commandments. I’ll share an excerpt to that study in this post but you can continue the study at Gracefully Truthful.

What is Truth?” 

John 18: 28-38

Mankind has grappled with the definition of truth throughout the ages. Hours before His death, Pilate posed this question to Jesus. But Pilate’s query was rhetorical, meant to dismiss the subject. He was only interested in the truth of Rome, Caesar, and political power (Morris). 

Even today, the struggle to define and understand truth persists. Many people want to believe in a truth of their own, based on perspective or personal preference. But Scripture teaches God alone is our source of absolute, unchanging, timeless, big “T” Truth. 

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We read throughout Scripture that God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:1-2). Furthermore, God declared His character to Moses on Mount Sinai: 

The Lord is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth.” (emphasis mine)

Exodus 34:6

Brad Bright, son of the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, comments,

“He is present everywhere, knows all things, and totally understands what is real, right, and true. Therefore, whatever He says is absolutely true.”


God is the Source of all Truth

As our source of all truth, God is the basis for everything in our lives. 

God gave us the Bible to help us understand truth. 

He guides us into truth through the Holy Spirit. 

God revealed the truth to us in the person of Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life“. (John 14:6) Jesus, the Son of God, IS Truth. (Guzik, Enduring Word)

Satan is the Father of Lies

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In stark opposition, Satan is the Father of Lies (John 8:44). Satan spewed out the very first lie in the Garden when he assured Eve she would not die if she disobeyed God. (Genesis 3)

He has been denying, resisting, twisting, stretching, and confusing the truth ever since. In her book, Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth encourages us

“to wake up to the deception that is so pervasive. So much of our lifestyle is rooted in ways of thinking that simply are not true. The result is a house built on sinking sand.”

Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
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The truth will only be found by those who diligently and honestly seek it.

Let’s commit ourselves daily to walk in the light of God’s truth.

Mandy Farmer

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About Mandy Farmer

Pastor's Wife (retired) &  Chronic Pain Warrior blogs about how to make it through anything by relating her own life experiences to her writing. She is passionate about her love for the Lord and desires to spread that passion to others. She has a great desire to encourage women who are following behind her.

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9 Comments on “What’s the Big Deal About Telling Lies?”

  1. Thank you. It was one of those studies where when first given the topic you weren’t sure how to approach it. But THEN GOD does His thing. I am really loving writing for this group. It’s making me dig deep. Thanks for reading and encouraging!

  2. Thank you for sharing. We need to be intentional about our pursuit of truth, and how it affects our relationship with God and people. Many blessings to you!

  3. Such good thoughts from His Word, Mandy! We don’t realize how much we NEED His truth, until the lies that we have been believing begin to be uncovered. He cares so deeply for us, and He has redeemed us from the curse! Oh, may we long for more of His truth in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You’ve made a strong case for truthfulness. It’s so easy to shade the truth when it seems like everyone is doing it—but that’s no excuse!

  5. “It hurts God”. Because we can’t see God face-to-face we think it’s not doing any harm. Thank you for this reminder to be a reflection of God even in things we might consider ‘little’.

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