“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17)
The apostle Paul, in his last epistle, wrote about certain philosophers who would be “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).
In the next verse, Paul makes it clear why such people, no matter how scholarly or well educated they seem to be, are still incapable of accepting real truth.
“So do these also resist the truth,” he says (v. 8). They could not learn the truth because they were not willing to believe or obey the truth when they learned it.
|The father of lies himself, Satan or Lucifer is the creator of lying. He has used the tools of a lying tongue and eye to deceive millions into rejecting the Truth Himself, Jesus Christ.Lying has never been a trivial matter to God. Sadly, it remains so for mankind.
Why? Because the chief liar himself whispers to us the cuteness of a little child fibbing, the girl or boyfriend “telling a little white lie” personal pleasure, the spouse concealing a matter and more.
The opposite of lying is truth. Jesus Christ alone claims to be the source of truth and in fact, is The Truth! Satan hates him and goes about tricking all who are tempted to follow Jesus Christ with his lies and deceptions.
|Gen 3:1-6; Num 23:19; Hbr 6:18; Pro 14:5; Exd 20:16; Pro 14:25; Pro 25:19; Pro 26:24-28; Jer 17:9-10; Jam 5:12; Isa 57:11; Col 3:9-10; Pro 6:16-19; Pro 12:22; Pro 17:4; Pro 19:22; Pro 25:14; Pro 27:1-2; Gal 6:3; Jam 3:5-14; 1Jo 1:6; 1Jo 2:4; Jdg 16; Gen 25:23; Gen 27:11-20; Gen 27:24-35; Jos 2; 2Ki 6:13-23; Jos 1:1-5; Jam 2:24-25; 1Sa 20:25-34; Pro 12:19; Pro 19:5-9; Pro 21:6; Act 5; Pro 20:17; Rev 21:8; Rev 21:27; Rev 22:15; Rom 13:8-9; Eph 4:15; Eph 4:25; Mat 26:41; Psa 51:6-7; Gal 5:16; Psa 119:9-11|
|The Problem of LyingIntroduction1.The causes of lying
A. The devil himself
B. A lack of faithfulness
D. The fear of others
E. Our own sin nature2. The characteristics of lying
A. The Lord hates lying
B. Lying an abomination to the Lord
C. Liars listen to destructive talk
D. Lying is worse than being poor
E. Boasting is a form of lying
F. Lying is failing to live what we believe3. The conditions for lying being appropiate4. The consequences of lying
- will be found out
- will not escape punishment
- will not satisfy
- will result in eternal judgment5. The control of lying
- love people like you love yourself
- speak truthfully
- ask for God’s help
- rely on the Holy Spirit