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« on: Yesterday at 09:16:14 AM »

Hi dear all,

We all know that lying is a sin (Leviticus 19:11; Proverbs 12:22). But what about those “little white lies” that involve an ever-so-slight stretching of the truth? Do the small lies matter, or are they harmless? What if telling the truth might hurt someone?

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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 10:31:35 AM »

Dear Andrew,

I think that since we live in a fallen world, sometimes we are not able to avoid doing things we would rather not.  There may be no 'perfect' choice. 

However, we need to try to find the best solution that leads us towards, not away from God.  That means speaking with love at all times.  Sometimes the best choice may be choosing not to speak at all. 

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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 11:21:32 AM »

Dear Andrew,

I think that since we live in a fallen world, sometimes we are not able to avoid doing things we would rather not.  There may be no 'perfect' choice. 

However, we need to try to find the best solution that leads us towards, not away from God.  That means speaking with love at all times.  Sometimes the best choice may be choosing not to speak at all. 

Love, elephant
Daer Elephant,
that's true. I suppose it can't be a sin if you say "oh, I like this present" when you don't really only because not to oofend that person who had tried to make an effort to get you the present.
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« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 11:42:37 AM »

Hi dear all,

We all know that lying is a sin (Leviticus 19:11; Proverbs 12:22). But what about those “little white lies” that involve an ever-so-slight stretching of the truth? Do the small lies matter, or are they harmless? What if telling the truth might hurt someone?

Kind Regards,

God bless.

In my opinion every lie is a sin.
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« Reply #4 on: Today at 02:11:21 AM »

Dear Andrew,

I think that since we live in a fallen world, sometimes we are not able to avoid doing things we would rather not.  There may be no 'perfect' choice. 

However, we need to try to find the best solution that leads us towards, not away from God.  That means speaking with love at all times.  Sometimes the best choice may be choosing not to speak at all. 

Love, elephant
Daer Elephant,
that's true. I suppose it can't be a sin if you say "oh, I like this present" when you don't really only because not to oofend that person who had tried to make an effort to get you the present.

Just saying "Thank you," should rarely offend anyone
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« Reply #5 on: Today at 03:15:18 AM »

In my opinion,  which isn't worth much but here it is,  if telling the truth, that is, the whole truth,  causes needless pain to another person,  then I think the white lie (fib) might be the lesser sin.  But one has to be careful with one's motives.  If the fib is told to protect oneself, this is worse than if the fib is told to protect another person.  I know the word "fib" is a weasel word for "lie" and I probably shouldn't use it.  In a fallen world sometimes we have to choose the lesser of two evils.  But again,  one's motive in lying has to be pure,  if such a thing is possible.  Sometimes we withhold a truth because the truth could cause considerable damage.  Sometimes this can be attempted without flat-out voicing a lie. We will probably feel miserable no matter what we choose to do. Sad

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« Reply #6 on: Today at 09:13:45 AM »

I believe that a "small,white lie" is just as great as a bigger, much darker lie. For the Lord equates committing adultery with having lust in your heart, and committing murder with having hatred in your heart. So, I take that as Him saying that regardless of the degree of the sin, having the intention to do so is the same as actually doing the act itself; therefore lying, no matter how great or small the lie may be, is just still sinful as it has the intention to deceive.

Also, keep in mind that the Word says "All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.", meaning that although there are sins that are not so great in size that they may result in death, there are still small things that we may do that are wrong and are equivalent to sin. 

Instead of lying, speak the truth, but in a loving and uncondeming way. "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ"- Ephesians 4:15
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 09:27:42 AM »

To lie is to bear false witness.  It really doesn't matter if the lie is a "little" one to spare someone's feelings.  It's still a lie and it is still sinful.  Recently, on OC.net, there have appeared a lot of threads which seek to excuse certain sins or recategorize them into something new so as to minimize just how destructive they are. I'm not saying that committing lots of little sins, like white lies, will necessarily always lead to big sins, but if such becomes a habit and we do everything to excuse those little things, how long before we start to excuse the big ones?  That's the destructive power of sin.
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« Reply #8 on: Today at 10:43:20 AM »

To lie is to bear false witness.  It really doesn't matter if the lie is a "little" one to spare someone's feelings.  It's still a lie and it is still sinful.  Recently, on OC.net, there have appeared a lot of threads which seek to excuse certain sins or recategorize them into something new so as to minimize just how destructive they are. I'm not saying that committing lots of little sins, like white lies, will necessarily always lead to big sins, but if such becomes a habit and we do everything to excuse those little things, how long before we start to excuse the big ones?  That's the destructive power of sin.

While I agree with you, I do not think the minimizing of little lies is new here, at least in regard to dealing with phone solicitors.
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« Reply #9 on: Today at 05:18:26 PM »

I'm trying to think of any examples of "white lies" in the Bible. Having just read Judith, it would seem that deceipt in that context was justified, although some of her answers are cleverly ambiguous. Similarly with the fall of Jericho and the prostitute Rahab who hid the Jews and then lied to the townsfolk. She was commended for her actions. A more recent 20th Century example would be those who hid Jews in Nazi Germany and lied to the Gestapo. The similiarity in all these is that the lie is for the benefit of others, and also at great personal risk to the one telling the lie. Not likely to be situations that we will ever have to face, but it does show things aren't always black and white.
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