Questions about Lying

Is it ever permissible to tell a lie for a greater good?

From a secular standpoint, there are probably scenarios that could be discussed in which it would seem reasonable to tell a lie. However, the Bible is clear. 1 Peter 3:10 teaches without ambiguity that our lips should speak no guile. This means that whatever we say should be truthful, and we are to avoid all slander, falsehood, lying, and deceitfulness. This command was not contingent upon circumstance.Read more

Statistics on Lying

76% of people believe lying is acceptable in some cases.

24.1% of men have lied on their Facebook profile vs. 16.6% of women.

21.7% of men have lied on a resume vs. 16.3% of women.

51.7% of women have lied about their weight vs. 28% of men.

3% (of 1,254 Americans polled) said they lie often.

66% said they are seldom or never dishonest.

Females are more likely to lie to their parents and males are more likely to lie to their friends.

(2014 American survey by CreditDonkey.com)

The Empty Pot

(Summary of an ancient Chinese tale. Originally recorded by Demi.)

A story is told in China of a young boy named Ping. He loved flowers and whatever he grew would always blossom into a beautiful flower. In the kingdom where Ping lived, the emperor had no son, and he needed a successor. The emperor, who also loved gardening, distributed flower seeds to boys throughout the kingdom. Whoever grew the most beautiful flower from his seeds would become the next emperor. Ping carefully planted the seed from the emperor in a pot with rich soil. He watered and cared for the seed, but nothing happened.Read more