What Does The Bible Say About Lying

What does the Bible have to say about lying? This is a difficult question to answer as the Bible has many different conflicting opinions on the matter. In general, lying is viewed as an immoral and unethical practice, and the Bible frequently talks about its negative consequences. In the Old Testament, lying is viewed as a sin that is punishable by God- both in the form of temporal punishment and through spiritual consequences. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ denounces lying and promises eternal punishment for those who tell falsehoods or deceive other people.

It is important to note that, in the Bible, there are different types of lying. While outright falsehoods are obviously a problem, there are also other forms of dishonesty that are discouraged. For example, there are cases where telling the truth and revealing confidential or sensitive information can be seen as a kind of deception. Additionally, twisting of the truth to distort reality or to manipulate others is considered lying and deception in the Bible.

In terms of consequences of lying, they can be both temporal and eternal. Temporal consequences could come in the form of punishments from either other humans or God, while eternal consequences indicate that liars may not be accepted into Heaven. In one passage in Exodus, God warns the Israelites to not bear false witness and promises them that those who do will not be “found innocent in his sight”. In Proverbs 6:16-19, liars are seen as partaking in an “abomination” in the eyes of God, and they will have no part in the kingdom of Heaven.

In the New Testament, Jesus condemns lying in multiple places. In Matthew, he warns against lying by saying that all liars will have their place in the “lake of fire”, and in the Gospel of John, he speaks out against only telling half-truths and twisting the truth, saying that those who do so are guilty of sin and will face the judgement of God.

Overall, the Bible’s stance on lying is clear. Lying is seen as a sin punishable by God and it can have serious eternal consequences. However, it is important to note that there are different types of dishonesty that are discouraged by the Bible and one should not hesitate to seek out guidance from a pastor or religious leader if they have questions.

Deception and Divination

On top of outright lying, the Bible also warns against deception and divination, both of which are practices aimed at manipulating the truth. One of the most famous examples of divination in the Bible is found in the story of the Witch of Endor, who is summoned by King Saul in an attempt to find out what the future holds. This is seen as a great affront to God, and it is made clear that such kind of manipulation of the truth is frowned upon by both God and the Bible.

Similarly, deception and dishonesty are also seen as immoral in the eyes of God. This includes everything from telling outright lies to twisting the truth, concealing information and manipulating others for personal gain. In Exodus, God warns against letting false witness remain on the mouth and in Ephesians, believers are commanded to speak the truth and to be honest in all dealings. The Bible is thus clear that any kind of dishonesty is unacceptable in the eyes of God.

Finally, it is important to note that there are some exceptions to the rule. For example, in some cases it may be appropriate to tell white lies or to withhold certain information out of necessity. For example, Jesus himself withheld certain information from his disciples out of necessity. In such cases, believers should pray for guidance and seek counsel from their pastors or religious leaders to determine whether or not it is acceptable.

God’s Mercy

The Bible also makes it clear that despite the consequences of lying, God’s mercy is always available to those who seek his forgiveness. In the parable of the prodigal son, God freely gives his mercy and grace to the younger son for his dishonesty and wrongdoings. Additionally, Jesus himself talks about how God desires us to turn away from our sins and to instead seek out His mercy and forgiveness. In 1 John 1:9, the Bible makes it clear that God is faithful and just and will forgive us if we confess our sins to Him. Thus, while lying is definitely seen as a sin, the Bible also makes it clear that God’s mercy and grace are always available as long as we are willing to confess and repent.

Living a Life of Honesty

Above all, the Bible makes it clear that lying is not an acceptable practice and that those who lie will be held accountable for their actions. Therefore, the best course of action is to live a life of complete honesty. This means being honest in all dealings, with God and with other people. It also means that we should strive to constantly speak the truth in everything we do, and that we should remain open and transparent in all of our dealings. It also means that we must always make an effort to seek out God’s guidance and guidance when it comes to tough decisions and to pray for His mercy and forgiveness if we stray.


In conclusion, the Bible’s stance on lying is clear. While it is seen as a sin that is punishable by God and can have serious temporal and eternal consequences, it is also important to recognize that there are different types of lying and deception, and sometimes withholding information or telling white lies may be acceptable in certain situations. Additionally, while accountability is expected and lying should be avoided at all costs, the Bible also makes it clear that God’s mercy and grace are always available if we are willing to confess and repent. Above all, it is important to live a life of honesty and to always strive to speak the truth and do what is right in the eyes of God.

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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