Lying is such a difficult subject to discuss. But since this is a study on what the Bible says, we’ll be honest.
First: God is truth (Jn. 14.6; 1 Jn. 1.5). Since all standards of right and wrong come from the character of God (what God is is right, and what he isn’t is wrong), we have to say the lying is sin. God is incapable of lying, which means that lying can’t be other than sinful because God can’t do it (Titus 1.2), and sin is a falling short of the glory of God. If lying were ever righteous, then there would be something righteous that God can’t do. Therefore truth is universally right, and untruth is universally wrong. There is no situation where untruth is right. This is not, and never will be, situation ethics. Lying is wrong.
Second, being truthful doesn’t mean telling all the truth all the time. No one does that, nor should we. To always speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth can be rude and indiscreet. The silly example of the wrongness of that is Jim Carey in “Liar Liar” (1997, Universal Pictures). The Biblical example is Jesus himself, who didn’t blurt out everything he knew about people whenever he met them. There was a lot he kept to himself that he didn’t make public. We should edit what we say, and filter thoughts between the brain and the mouth. Therefore, not speaking the whole truth in all circumstances to every individual is not to be considered as being deceitful. There are things it’s OK not to say, giving consideration to discretion and discernment.
Thirdly, being truthful doesn’t necessarily mean always being tight with the truth…
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