You would think that listening to most Christians that lying is the biggest sin you can do. The fact of the matter is, that it doesn’t come close.
As we all know, we should not lie. For example, if you are a used car salesman we should tell the truth about the car. If you broke something you should admit it. We all agree on this. However, is there a time when you should lie or be deceptive? Most Christians would answer “no” and that we should still tell the truth. Yet, these very same people are hypocrites as if the situation came up they, too, would lie. In fact, many admit in certain situations they would lie. But then they go on and say God is still against this?
Let’s say a criminal is after your husband and they want to kill him. You know where he is hiding so, would you tell the criminals this? Or would you give a false address? You’d give a false address. In fact, you’d be quite proud in doing so. Did you lie? Yes. Did you sin? No!
Modern day Christians know very little about the Bible and this is a case in point.
Are there any exceptions to lying in the Bible? Yes there is.
If you remember about the Egyptian midwives, when they were told that they are to kill all males is an example. When they were delivering the baby Moses, they allowed him to live. What did they tell Pharaoh? They made up a story to say that the Hebrews bring forth the babies quickly – before they arrive. This is a lie. Was this is sin according to God? No. For by their lying, by their deceiving the highest government leader, baby Moses was able to live and do a great mission in life. This is also an example of lying to government officials. IF the circumstance is right we should lie.
Not only did the Hebrew midwives lie, so did the mother of Moses. She hid the baby from others for three months until it was not safe to do so any longer. Then she took the boy child, put him in a basket, cover him with reeds and sent him down the river. Then the daughter of the King of Egypt found the child, and she kept her mouth shut, too.
(Exo 2:2) And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
(Exo 2:3) And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
God did not say to the midwives, the mother of Moses or to the daughter of the King of Egypt that they did wrong; we do not read were they were cursed in anyway.
We must look for the principle in which lying should be done, when we find this, it can be used in a similar situation today.
In short, when man’s laws conflict with God’s laws, we should obey God, which is what we read in the New Testament. So if you are one of those ‘New Testament Christians,’ that we are told to obey God IF the two laws comes into conflict. In this case, innocent lives are at stake and even if there is a law that says it’s OK to murder, we should not do so. Let’s take another example.
Rahab the harlot in the book of Joshua. If you remember, Joshua sent two spies to the city of Jericho to spy out the land.
(Jos 2:1) And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
(Jos 2:2) And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country.
(Jos 2:3) And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.
(Jos 2:4) And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:
(Jos 2:5) And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.
(Jos 2:6) But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.
(Jos 2:7) And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.
(Jos 2:8) And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
The reward for Rahab:
(Jos 6:17) And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
You know the rest of the story – that Rahab and her family were saved. In other words, God blessed her and her family for LYING to the government people that came around and asked about the whereabouts of the spies.
In fact, the very fact that spies are used means that you are (the agent) going to lie or be deceptive in some way. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be a spy. At no time did Yahweh, God say, “Don’t use spies, that means you are prepared to lie or be deceptive in some way.”
So, what do Christians have to say about this? If you are really honest and seeking the truth, you’d see that there are times to lie.
At this time there are some Christians who try to worm out of the truth and say, “Ah, but there is Judgement Day that Rahab has to face.” There was a preacher that actually said this believe it or not! The short answer is, what an idiot. The long answer is to take a look at the Bible and not some non-Christian remark.
First, we see that Rahab and her family were REWARDED IN THEIR OWN TIME. So, what makes you think that they would not be rewarded during Judgement Day? Would God do one thing now and something different later? Of course not. Another thing to consider is, in the New Testament we read:
(Heb 11:31) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
(Jas 2:25) Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
In short, there are times when we are to lie and it’s not held as a sin. If there is a situation where an innocent person would be harmed or killed, you might have to lie to help that person.