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Lying?
02-20-2010, 01:15 AM
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Lying?
In our OT study at church we have been studying about David and how that from time to time he would not tell the truth when asked certain questions. We discussed whether David and other OT characters in not telling the truth or only part of the truth, when they thought that their own life or someone else's life was in danger, sinned and whether God was displeased with them. I cannot think of a scripture where it is sited that anyone was punished or rebuked by God for doing this. In doing our daily Bible reading, if you are doing the reading program mentioned in another topic, we see where the Hebrew midwives did not tell Pharaoh the truth concerning the Hebrew male children (Ex. 1:15-20) and it says that God “dwelt well” (ASV) with them. So, is this an example of God approving of a person not telling the truth or whole truth if a person's life is at stake?
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02-20-2010, 07:16 AM
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RE: Lying?
(02-20-2010 01:15 AM)trevorlawrence Wrote:  ...the Hebrew midwives did not tell Pharaoh the truth concerning the Hebrew male children...

The Hebrew midwives harmed no one and saved innocent lives (at great personal risk to themselves). Yes, God approves of this. The next time you can harm no one and yet save innocent lives by telling a lie (at great personal risk to yourself) feel free to do so with God's blessing.

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02-21-2010, 01:36 AM
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RE: Lying?
To remove rubbish
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02-21-2010, 09:22 AM
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RE: Lying?
What about Rahab’s misleading words to pursuers of the spies?
God approved of her course. (Compare Romans 14:4.)
She took a risk in order to protect his servants, giving evidence of her faith.
While malicious lying is wrong in Jehovah’s eyes, a person is not obligated to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it. Even Jesus Christ did not give full details or direct answers when doing so could have brought unnecessary harm.
(Matthew 7:6; 15:1-6; 21:23-27; John 7:3-10)
Evidently, Rahab’s course of misdirecting the enemy officers must be viewed in that light.
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