Lying

J. D. Conley
December 16, 2012

Our day and time is steeped in deception and dishonesty which saturates every aspect of life. It is seen in advertising and sales, it is widely practiced in business, school and even exists in the lives of family and friends. Lying is even done between husbands and wives.

Although lying is expressly condemned in Scripture, that seems to be a weak deterrent for most people to cease and desist from telling lies. In Proverbs 6:16-18, Solomon by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gives a list of seven things the Lord finds especially detestable. Included in that list is "a lying tongue," and a "false witness that speaketh lies." Certainly, an understanding of how God feels about lying ought to deter and dissuade it. But more than just knowing Gods attitude toward lying it would do us well to understand what His response one day will be toward the liar, John wrote in the Revelation, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death " (Rev.21:8), Notice that John states: "all liars" shall be punished. But take particular notice of the kind of punishment that will be meted out to each liar: "...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death."

Considering how God feels about lying (Proverbs 6), coupled with how He will punish the liar (Rev.21:8), should keep one from wanting to tell a single lie ever again! Man wants the truth, and oftentimes will demand it. Why should man expect anything less from His Creator? Rest assured, God will not treat the liar with impunity.