It’s very easy to get comfortable with lies and lying. It’s even possible to see it as normal, necessary and harmless, it could even become a lifestyle, something you do both consciously and unconsciously. Sometimes we are even our own victims, we lie to ourselves, consciously.
Just remember the class of evils grouped with lies and lying …
“There are six things which Jehovah hateth; Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that deviseth wicked purposes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief, A false witness that uttereth lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren”.
But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
A lie is not necessarily the opposite of the truth, it could be a perversion of the truth… In a book I read recently “The Kite Runner “, the author described lying as a kind of theft, when you lie to someone, you’ve robbed the person of the truth.
I know that sometimes, a lie can save a life, and the society is not helping matters. Back in school, I would say I don’t have something if I don’t want to give it out, I would miss a test and readily make up a story for the lecturer, I’d travel and when mum calls, I’d say I’m still in school, a guy would approach me and I’d tell him I have a boyfriend just to discourage him ,I’d tell my roommate her food is tasty when I don’t really mean it to avoid hurting her feelings etc. That it seems right does not make it right.
Finally, Big or small, a lie is a lie. And we can choose to be honest people, one step at a time. Relationship and trust can be broken by one tiny lie, integrity could be questioned by one tiny lie. Just avoid getting to that point where you get comfortable with lies, where it becomes a lifestyle, it’s dangerous and can pull one down like quicksand…( I’ve been there, story for another day).
One little lie to conceal another little lie, and it continues. Most times, it is the truth that finally puts an end to the cycle of lies, the truth would always emerge…
I’m sure am not the only one that wonders why I didn’t just say the truth at first when it gets to this point…