Re:Verse passage – Joshua 2:1-21 (day seven)  

I do not know where the men went. vs 5

Does the Bible say lying is wrong? Yes… and No. Have we been lied to about lying? Possibly. In a Mandela effect sort of way, we have lumped all lies into the same category. The ten commandments addresses lies in more of a legal sense. See Exodus 20 and Leviticus 19, but the Bible does not outright prohibit dishonesty. That is because there is grey area in the discussion. Case in Point: Rahab. She lied to save another persons life. In particular, two individuals who would help lead God’s people into the Promised Land. Was it sinful? The Bible would actually say that she was righteous in the act. See James 2:25 and Hebrews 11:31. 

So is lying sinful? I would say, most of the time, it is. A deep dive into scripture will show you hundreds of lies and deceptions all with a web of consequences following the initial act. There are rare occurrences where the lie is used for the glory of God and to further the Kingdom. Those rare occurrences tell us more about God’s sovereignty than the justification of dishonesty. My guess is that most of the lies you tell are not in this category.

Author: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson is the Associate Pastor for Students.

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