Is God Ever OK with Lying?

God’s attitude toward lying is clear in Scripture: lying lips are “an abomination” to the Lord (Proverbs 12:22), and Jesus calls the devil “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). But what about the hard cases where it seems that one must lie to protect life? Does Scripture condone such cases, as in the biblical character Rahab’s lie to rescue the spies in Jericho, or should we understand those passages in a different way? Is it possible to justify lying for the greater good, or are we running the risk of excusing the lies we wish to tell? This week, Vince and Jo tackle the thorny issue of situational ethics and the question of whether there are exceptional circumstances where lying is permitted.


I’m not sure those two examples are perfect. The people we are discussing are not people with the benefit of instruction that we have.

What do we do with God needing a lying spirit to receive Ahab into fighting at Ramoth Gilead? Or Jesus giving the impression that He was walking off at Emmaus? It was an impression is giving that impression a falsehood?

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