But Why: Is lying a sin if nobody gets hurt?

The Rock Church of Fenton, Lake Fenton, Linden, and Byron, Michigan exists to preach the Word of God, Baptize, and Disciple but why rules with reason

Overview

Have you ever found yourself in the a tight spot where you lied to save yourself from getting in trouble? Maybe you lied to be noble- to save a friend from getting in trouble. Or maybe you lied to save a person from hurting and heart ache. Or what about the phrase we have all heard and probably even thought or said ourselves, “What they don’t know won’t hurt them.” 

If we lie in these situations, have we really sinned? I mean we are doing our best to remove pain from a person, so aren’t we helping? Doesn’t that make it ok?

What if lying had nothing to do with finding a loop hole for when it is right to not tell the truth, but it was about the condition of the heart and knowing who the Truth is. 

Discussion

Questions:

  • What are some reasons you’ve lied the past? 
  • Have you ever felt justified in a lie? Like lying was the right thing to do in that instance? Share when that was with us.
  • Why do you think Ephesians mentions the body of Christ as part of why we shouldn’t lie? How does lying affect others? 
  • How might lying affect your testimony or witness for Jesus? 
  • How does it affect your other choices or lead to other sin? 
  • If we claim to follow Jesus, the God-man who called Himself “THE Truth,” can you think of an instance where Jesus would lie? 

Challenge:

Sometimes we focus on what seems like a lot of ‘don’ts’ in scripture. We get distracted by the, buts, what-ifs, or loopholes we dream up in rules, like not lying. This week, don’t just aim to tell the truth. Aim to be like Jesus. Ask yourself, am I really being a representative of THE Truth through my words?