Commandment #9 Do not Lie

Exodus 20:16(HCSB)Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.

The Bible is clear that lying is a sin and is displeasing to God. The first sin in this world involved a lie told to Eve.
Genesis 3:4-5(HCSB)4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 

Proverbs 12:22 (HCSB)Lying lips are detestable to the Lord,but faithful people are His delight.

In the early church, Ananias and Sapphira lied regarding a donation in order to make themselves look more generous than they really were. Peter’s rebuke is stern: Acts 5:3(HCSB) Then Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds from the field? God’s judgment was sterner: the couple died as a result of their sin of lying.

How does God feel about lying? He says this in

Proverbs 6:16-19(HCSB)The Lord hates six things;in fact, seven are detestable to Him:17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue,hands that shed innocent blood,18 a heart that plots wicked schemes,feet eager to run to evil,19 a lying witness who gives false testimony,and one who stirs up trouble among brothers. 

How about you? What really angers you? What frustrates you? What upsets you?

God has a list of things like that. There are six things that the Lord hates, very strong language, seven that are an abomination to him. And then it goes on to say that among them is, “A false witness who breathes out lies.”

Here’s why: it’s not just an offense on the person; it’s an offense on the God who made them. Because the Bible says it this way in Titus 1:2: “God cannot lie.” God is only truthful. God is always truthful. God is altogether truthful. There is nothing in God’s character that is untrustworthy or unreliable. There’s no deception. There’s no dishonesty in God at all.

Jesus says regarding Satan in John 8:44(HCSB) You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars. Satan is a liar, he’s the father of all lies. So, when you are lying, you are giving birth with Satan to death. And he says that lying is his native language.

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