- Have you ever told a lie?
- Was the statement used to protect someone?
- Was the statement used to harm someone?
In my quest for knowledge I looked up the definition for a “white lie” in the dictionary and the results are detailed below:
- A minor, polite, or harmless lie; fib;
- An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth
- An untruth told to spare feelings or from politeness,as in She asked if I liked her dress, and of course I told a white lie. This term uses white in the sense of “harmless;
- An unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite).
The word of interest in the various definitions is “harmless”. When did a lie become harmless? Interestingly enough – the same dictionary defines a “lie” as the following:
- A false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood;
- An inaccurate or false statement;
- To speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive;
- Something intended or serving to convey a false impression.
From the definition above, a lie is far from being “harmless”. If we make reference to our “spiritual dictionary” – we see that the consequences of lying is far from “harmless” as highlighted in Revelation 21 v 8:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Points to Ponder
- Only the truth and not lies sets us free
- Lying is the language of the enemy
- The truth has the backing of the Almighty God; lying is backed by the enemy
©Insight for the Day 2016