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Solid Food: Does God Justify Deception?

We live in an era where honesty is no longer believed to be the best policy. Some believe that “lying is sometimes necessary” and that those little “white lies” really don’t hurt anyone. Lying has been gaining respectability. In The Day America Told the Truth it is related that 91 percent of those surveyed lie routinely about matters they consider trivial, 36 percent lie about important matters; 86 percent lie regularly to parents, 75 percent to friends, 73 percent to siblings, and 69 percent to spouses (Daily Bread, August 28, 1992). In Situation Ethics: The New Morality, Joseph Fletcher proclaims “for the situationist, what makes the lie right is its loving purpose; he is not hypnotized by some abstract law, ‘Thou shalt not lie.’ He refuses to evaluate ‘white lies’ told out of pity and espionage in wartime as ipso jure, wrong. If a lie is told unlovingly it is wrong, evil; if it is told in love it is good, right.” However, the Bible believer should keep in mind that we are commanded to “Speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15). There is no such thing as “speaking a lie in love”.

Yet, does God ever approve of lying? Is there evidence from the Word of Truth which would demonstrate God’s blessings upon those who tell a lie provided that their motive is “just?” What if one lies to protect his life or that of a loved one? Wouldn’t lying at such a situation be acceptable to God? Some might find such a proof text with 1 Samuel 16:2. Continue reading » Solid Food: Does God Justify Deception?