“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:7-8 KJV)
Interesting, isn’t it, the relative importance placed upon lying by God? Notice He is not only talking about election whoppers, but also “little white lies,” the kind we concoct to save those we supposedly care about from pain.
Perhaps it never occurs to liars that in fact they care only about themselves. Thus media empires today live by lies that cause the nation pain, but preserve their own position and power in the political structure. Their lies lead the nation into godless choices, all of which pay dividends of the worst kind, including rivers of blood that have polluted our land. Perhaps when the time comes God will delay judgment on one of these lying media empires, so they can report the fate of their fellow liars who arrive first at the Lake of Fire.
What do you think? Would God assign the reporting task to the least or most guilty? I think the most guilty, because they would know all the while in their reporting that their impending fate would be worse than anything they had reported.
Lying is above all an offense against God. For Christians it is forgiven with confession and repentance. I sometimes wonder if the Catholics aren’t ahead of the Protestants in requiring confession to a priest. It’s pretty easy for all of us to fall into the trap of believing the lies we have told are tiny and insignificant, perhaps so insignificant that we need not trouble God with such trifles. The guidance from another human being might save us from such self-delusion, which only grows worse with the years.
Lying is fundamentally about gaining power over other people. By that definition pretty much our entire government, media, entertainment and education industries are full to overflowing with liars. Their goal is advantage to themselves while they steal from the rest of us. Eventually there are so many of them that they end up lying to themselves, too. Liars, I would guess, are no respecters of persons.
The courts, being more important (in their own minds) than the rest of us, have made lying to them a criminal act. They gave it the fancy name of perjury. I think the biblical term was bearing false witness. From what I can see around me, it hasn’t helped the courts much. Perhaps every courtroom needs a hot tub of fire in the judge’s chambers. That would at least mean one liar punished on the earth and a reminder to others of their ultimate fate.
Here’s a question: If you know that a person is a liar, why do you:
a) listen to him when he lies to you?
b) watch him when he lies to you?
c) vote him in for another term in office during an election?
Would you buy another used car from someone who lied to you about the last used car that cost you a fortune in repairs? Do you feel that you deserve to be lied to? Or do you simply accept the lie that everybody does it? Lying is certainly not a victimless crime; indeed it frequently has unwitting accomplices.
The solution for mass lying, like so many other destructive human behaviors, is the restoration of America as a Christian nation. You can’t have limited government, with its attendant freedoms, without self-government of the individual. Those who are governed by God’s law have no need of the patchwork quilt of man’s law. Some things simply can’t be delegated.
The essayist Theodore Dalrymple observed: “When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to cooperate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.”
Here are a few other observations about lies and liars:
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. – William Shenstone
The most confused we ever get is when we’re trying to convince our heads of something our heart knows is a lie. – Karen Marie Moning
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears. – Rudyard Kipling.
Lying is done with words and also with silence. – Adrienne Rich
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