The Bible Says To Lie

Does the Bible say that it is ok for me to lie to people?

Yes, the Bible definitely tells us that lying is good! Heck, according to the Bible, God himself even told a few lies.

Let us take a look. As with many things the Bible does not say directly that lying is fine. So we must look to the examples set for us. We all know the story of our great hero Joshua and his takeover of Jericho. This would have never been possible without some quality deception by the prostitute Rahab. Joshua sent some spies into Jericho who went into Rahab’s house. The King got word of this and sent a message to her.

Joshua 2:3-5
3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.” 4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.”

Clearly those spies would have been killed or imprisoned if not for her lie. She helped the spies escape and helped Joshua take the battle of Jericho. After afterward our great hero Joshua rewarded her for her lie.

Joshua 6:25
25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.

This is all of course substantiated in the New Testament by James. James goes even further than Joshua did, calling Rahab the prostitute righteous.

James 2:25
25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?

But I also have said to you that God himself has lied. To be sure, it was one of the first things that God said to man. He surely must want us to lie if he himself started our relationship off with a lie.

Genesis 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.

And as we all know, Adam and Eve did not die when they ate the fruit from the tree. And if you think that is the only place in the Bible where God lies, you are mistaken. Let’s look at a verse in the New Testament. 2 Thessalonians spends a bit of time talking about the coming of Satan and his lawlessness. How Satan will deceive and those who don’t love the truth will perish. It seems god is not a fan of non-believers either. He indeed wants to deceive them.

2 Thessalonians 2
11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie

So now we have seen God lie twice, and also where God was ok with a lie. There is another place in the Bible where God puts his personal seal of approval on a lie. The context of this next verse is such that Ahab, King of Israel is wanting to go to attack Ramoth Gilead. As with any King of the time he consulted his prophets. All but one gave approval on this attack, Micaiah. As Micaiah explained to the King what he saw in a vision. He saw the Lord asking for someone to trick Ahab into attacking so that Ahab will be destroyed.

1 Kings 22:21-22
21 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’
22 ‘By what means?’ the LORD asked.
‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.
‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.’

Also, Abraham, Father of Nations did lie. And, of course God sanctioned and approved of it. He and Sarah decided it was best for Sarah and Abraham to call each other brother and sister. Of course they were married. They did this because otherwise the Egyptians would kill Abraham, and take Sarah as a sex slave to Pharaoh. It becomes fairly obvious when God has felt this lie is good to tell. I grant you depending on translation and interpretation they may be considered half-siblings. Then it is only a half lie? You can read all about this in Genesis 12:10-20, and Genesis 20 1-28. Learn about Father Abraham and the example he sets for us all by telling lies.

So there you have it! He who has ears, let him hear: God approves of lies, God asks people to lie, and God himself tells lies. All of this is well supported and well documented in the Bible. Go forth and lie to people, knowing that the Bible stands behind you.

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9 Responses to “The Bible Says To Lie”

  1. Yawn Says:

    Man are you off base! First in Eden, God did not tell Adam and Eve that they would die immediately, He just told them that they would die. Just like He never promised Abraham that he would have a son immediately, He just promised that he would have an heir. Eventually, Adam and Eve died. As for the dillusion God sent, it was because these people did not love the truth, but rather their own selfish desires, wether it was false teachers or lustful desires. God simply blinded their minds to the truth, much like He did the nation of Israel. God reads hearts, He knows our thoughts, He knows who the worthless, scheming people are and He knoiws if someone will change or not, we don’t know these things, everything God does is justified, He made us, if I make something and I know its worthless, I have the right to do whatever I please with it. God does not lie, its impossible! You just don’t understand what you are reading, or you are twisting things to suit your viewpoint. I will pray for you, as it sounds like you too, are filled with dillusion.

    • Anonymous Says:

      god said that adam and eve would die in the DAY they ate the fruit. they didn’t die that day. and then you say that “if I make something and I know it is worthless, ….” that’s right. now you say god makes something worthless. dig a deeper hole for yourself, friend.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    This is a stupid article and baseless and completely incorrect!!! I certainly would not want to be the one who is teaching “God is a liar”…….MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOU!!!!!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    GOD NEVER said he would “DIE ON THE DAY HE ATE THE FRUIT”…….Before they ate, they were immortal, after he’s saying they would suffer a death and goes on to speak of spiritual and physical deaths. You are so foolish to print this article!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I think may be you should pray and re read the bible , GOD does not lie , Only the devil, …. my friend I am praying God will show this to you

  5. Anonymous Says:

    that is when GOD said I am going to give a sacrifice for what has been done ..
    Genesis 3:15

    King James Version (KJV)

    15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
    ……. okay so you see here , this is the plan for GOD him self to come down and be born of a virgin ( that brakes the seed of between woman and the devil ) and where it says” it shall bruise thy head” is ( the crucifixion of Our LORD ) .BUT where is says “Thou shalt bruise his heel ” ( the Resurrection of CHRIST ) ….. so you see GOD Loves us so much he had a plan from all the way back then , … and I know , now your saying :well if that’s true what about the ten commands ! RIGHT , okay GOD give those to Moses so that people will realize how HOLY and RIGHTEOUS our GOD is , so that we see we could never live with out sin , therefore we would understand Why GOD give HIM self in CHRIST JESUS for our sins …… I really hope this helps you , and I just pray that GOD will show you this and open the door of your heart to let him in ….God does Not lie , HE never has and Never will ,

  6. Dorese Says:

    Although the author made one or two valid points, the tone of the article was condescending. I am curious to know the spiritual well being of the author as it appears that he is snide in his expression of Gods so called “approval” of lies. I believe that God wants us to use common sense and to be as honest as we can, however to excercise discernment in a moral or ethical dilemma of injustice. We have to weigh out and see what would be of greater good–to not tell a lie in a given situation and allow man to deal to us a great injustice, or to lie to prevent injustice and have faith in Gods protection. I believe that justice trumps a lie in a given situation, such as the example of Rahab.

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