Hello there! Welcome to an all-new episode of
#EverydayJesus . For the next few weeks, we will be discussing the subject of Sin. For perspective and understanding, we begin with a definition.
What is Sin?
Sin is transgression against divine law. We all know the rules: worship God only, love your neighbour, don’t covet, etc. There are several ways by which we can fall into sin. This week, we will be discussing specifically, Lies.
“A lie is a deliberate untruth. An inaccurate statement, made with the intention to deceive, to convey a false impression.”
Many times, lies seem more useful than harmful or wrong; they’re handy in getting you out of pickles or sticky situations. An example: you’re on the phone with someone and they’re beginning to take too much of your time. You really need to get back to something else, so you say, “Could you call me back? My boss/Mother/Spouse is on call waiting.” Or you simply say to the person, “Let me call you back”, but you don’t intend to call them back
Here’s another one: You’re trying to avoid going on a date with someone, so when they ask you if you’re free tomorrow, you don’t think much about it before you say, “Oh no”, and list a fictive schedule that even a Forbes 100 CEO would respect. Sometimes, you’re simply trying not to disclose valuable information, and sometimes, you’re protecting someone’s interests. Other times, you’re using “Wisdom” (more on the Wisdom part later)
Then there are days when you honestly cannot remember the details, so, to make the gist sweeter, you just embellish it a bit. Once, I was doing my devotion in the car on my way to work and was supposed to join my colleague at Lekki Roundabout. I was at the 4th Roundabout when my colleague called to ask how far away I was. I told him I was at the 2nd Roundabout, yet I was doing my devotion. If I hadn’t told my colleague that, I would have been left behind, and would have had to pay a steep sum to transport myself. That, or he would have been less than pleased with me, and that incident would have given him a bad impression of me. So, here are some questions I have.
Do half truths count as lies? Is it a lie if you can’t remember the truth? Is it still a lie if you tell it to save a life (yours or someone else’s)? Is it wrong even when it is done with a “morally good” intent? What about withholding information? Is it the same as telling a lie?
Many of these questions can be answered by the definition of lies we read in the beginning.
“A lie is a deliberate untruth. An inaccurate statement made with the intention to deceive, and to convey a false impression.”
Truth is, God sees things in black and white. If you say you didn’t know about something you knew about, then it’s a lie, and that’s wrong. But we also understand the complexity of certain situations. Sometimes, it’s okay to say you don’t want to talk about it. That way, you don’t tell a lie and don’t get involved in a complex situation.
Join us again on Wednesday as we continue examining fine lines and grey areas (if any) of lies.
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