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.
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.
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.
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.