What is truth? Jesus said that He was the Way, the Life and the Truth. The entire Bible teaches us that Satan is a liar and the Father of Lies. Satan is the accuser of the brethren and the great deceiver and the truth is not and cannot be found in him. The Bible clearly tells us all liars go to Hell. We are therefore faced with the incredibly difficult/impossible task of determining the real truth from all of the thousands of various lies that daily surround us in our homes, offices, schools, government and are even found contaminating our places of worship.
Lies – “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebels. Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Lies are also being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitudes.
First Lies Told in the Bible: In Genesis 3:1-4 we read: “Now the serpent was more clever than any of the wild animals the Lord G-d had made. He said to the woman, “Did G-d really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”(first lie). The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but G-d did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it (second lie), or you will die.’” G-d never said they could not touch it. “You will not certainly die,” (third lie) the serpent said to the woman…..And then the “fun” really began. The third lie is why we all die: “And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die.” This lie was told by the biggest liar! The biggest liar is the father of lies, Satan. The devil is a murderer, and “No truth is in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: For he is a liar and the father of lies. Satan has a following and anyone who follows him is called a liar even as Satan is a liar.
G-d hates a lying tongue which includes a false witness. “These six things doth the Lord hate: Yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:16-19). We read of this in the book of Revelation: “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie….” (Revelation 21:27) The ninth commandment of the Bible reminds us not to lie, or in some circles “bear false witness.”
When we walk away from the truth, we walk away from G-d. There are often consequences to lying, whether or not we get caught. Being honest can sometimes seem like the most difficult decision, but when we finally learn how to be honest, we know it is the right decision. G-d is truth. G-d is honesty. When we tell the truth, we live as G-d wants us to live. When we don’t tell the truth by lying we go against what G-d expects of us. Often people lie, because they are concerned about getting in trouble or hurting someone, but losing our integrity can be just as damaging. We lose our integrity when we lie, both in the eyes of G-d and in the eyes of those around us. Lying diminishes our relationships with G-d and one another, as it decreases the trust and faith. When it becomes easy to lie, we find that we start deceiving ourselves, which can be even more dangerous than lying to others. When we start believing our own lies, we start “justifying” our sinful or hurtful actions. Self-righteous people will never ask the Lord or anyone else for forgiveness because they believe they are “right”