The Bible: Lyin in Christianity

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Lying in Christianity: “The Bible has various commands prohibiting lying in the sense of affirming something that people believe to be false. These verses condemn false speech and see it as characteristic of sinners who are far from God” (Grudem, 2009). The Scriptures command not to lie in many verses: "You shall not bear false witness" (Exod. 20:16) "Speak the truth" (Eph. 4:15)(Trull, 2003). “The biblical commands against lying are ultimately rooted in the character of God, who never lies. God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? (Num 23:19)” (Grudem, 2009). There are some verses from the bible address that lying is forbidden: My lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit (Job 27:4). You destroy those who speak lies (Ps. 5:6). No one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes (Ps. 101:7). You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Exod. 20:16). Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak (Psalm 12:2). The biblical ideal for Christians is to be honest and to tell the truth. This is the norm. However, there are rare incidents when a person runs into a moral conflict between two values such as telling the truth or saving a life (Trull, 2003). Sometimes people will argue that there are difficult situations (such as trying to protect a person in hiding from a

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