Both the book of Hebrews and the book of Titus inform us that we have a God who cannot lie. Hebrews 6:18 reads "...it is impossible for God to lie…" Titus 1:2 likewise reads "...God, who cannot lie…" I have often pondered on this monumental truth. After all, if God could lie, we would have no assurance of the certainty of His promises, no surety of judgment for either the righteous or the unrighteous, no confidence in the Word of God, and no sure history to protect us from the revisionists who tinker with the past. We would all be left to try to outwit a deceiving God who has vast advantages over us. Can you comprehend such a devastating turn of events?
Many people, however, do distrust the "God who cannot lie," choosing instead to trust in themselves. They trust in themselves for freedom, for identity, for sanctification, and for protection.
God hates deceit so much so that Proverbs 6:16-17 tells us that a lying tongue is an abomination to Him. He made bearing false witness one of the top ten no-no’s. In Ephesians 4:25, He bids us, "Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one of you, with his neighbor…" Colossians 3:9 implores us, "Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices."
It is not uncommon to find believers who lie. Lying is usually a self-protective device designed to keep people from getting in trouble. They evidently believe Mark Twain, who said that, "Lying is an exceeding abomination unto the Lord and a very present help in time of trouble." Many, however, justify lying by saying that telling the truth would hurt innocent people. Thus marital infidelity is often denied; theft is covered up; and parents tell falsehoods to police, teachers, and other authorities to protect themselves and/or their children. Others lie to advance their careers, e.g. regarding the extent of their education or relevant experience, or regarding how their previous jobs were terminated. Some mislead regarding crimes they have committed. Some Christians lie by denying their identity when they display worldly behaviors. There are people who brag falsely about how much wealth they have accumulated. Others falsify motives that prompted their actions. Why is it so hard to tell the truth?
Lying always gets us into trouble, sooner or later. Lucifer and his followers lost their place in heaven over a lie they believed. Adam and Eve plunged the earth into darkness by believing a lie. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram believed their own lies, and Nebuchadnezzar fell for a lie. So did Sampson, Saul, David, Solomon, Judas Iscariot, Peter, and many others. I confess that I have, at one time or another, believed many lies taught to me by people I trusted.
Truth is vital to emotional well-being and fruitful, loving relationships. When we believe a lie about our identity, our history, our loved ones, or about God and His revelation, we will be unable to experience love, peace, joy, and freedom in circumstances which trigger emotions associated with that original lie. It is essential the lies we believe be exposed because every lie hides a truth.
The lies we tell knowingly are not as insidious as the lies we believe and propagate unknowingly. These lies often come to us by other Christians, sometimes through the church, but always by the Great Deceiver. Nevertheless, all lies are reprehensible causing bondage, emotional turmoil, and struggle in our relationship with God. For these reasons and many others lies should have no dwelling place in the hearts and lives of believers.