Culture: Prompting Falsehood Through the Lie

by John and Ruth Greene

the lie springs from the heartIn this day, to tell a lie is generally considered a “small” thing. In fact, a lie is a commonplace event, viewed by many as a staple of life. Scripture is not nearly so generous. Yet, some will argue that the Bible is full of those that did lie and do many other things as well. There is much that seeking disciples of the Messiah and Master can learn! Today, virtually everyone has access to the Bible, fully able to benefit personally from this body of writing (inspired by YHWH). You can hold this collaboration of man and YHWH in your hand to learn from it. (Revelation 21:7-8, 22:14-15)

Only a relative small number of people really try to live the will of Elohim [YHWH] through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. One of these in the old days was Abraham, even though he lived far before the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus]. His agreement was to obey Elohim regardless of circumstance, which is unchanged in this modern day for those that love Him. He didn’t even have the benefit of YHWH’s Ten Commandments that we know of. (“YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)

While Abraham lived in the land that YHWH gave Him, he didn’t stay there expecting the blessing of Elohim. He left based on what he saw as circumstances around him. Instead of remaining, he moved to Egypt with a fearful heart, where he consulted with his wife (Sarai) to foist a lie on the Egyptians because Abram feared for his life. As a younger Abraham, Abram had a real crisis of confidence. Fear drove him to be less than he could have been. How human this is. (“Opposing Fear“; “End Times: Talk of Fear & Conspiracy“)

“And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, ‘Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.’” – Genesis 12:11-13, NKJV

AbrahamAbraham acted out of fear. Did he tell a lie? (Genesis 20:12) Perhaps not by the definition of some in the world, but in the heart of the matter, he did. He left out important information in order to present another story, a story of deception, a story of omission which allowed the Egyptians to take charge of his wife. None of this would have happened otherwise, endangering either the integrity of his wife or anyone else. (Proverbs 19:5; Psalm 1:1-6; “Overcoming Fear during Tough Times“; “Learning to Live in Trust“)

YHWH changed the names of Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah. (Genesis 17:5) With this, Abraham was marked by YHWH as the father of a multitude of nations. To anyone that met him in those days, his name may have been cause for a snicker, for he did not have many children or a large family, though he likely had many servants to tend to his flocks. Abraham and Sarah were given names of trust, as a reminder to trust Him. While they didn’t always conform unswervingly to this trust, (Genesis 16:3) YHWH brought about His promise. In Genesis 18, Sarah laughed to herself as Yahshua (because no man can seen YHWH) or His messenger revealed the coming of Sarah’s long awaited son. At His rebuke, Sarah became embarrassed by her lack of trust made public. She had lied because of the fear of discovery.

fear of intimacy and discoveryFear is often a motivating factor to the lie. Many people fear the discovery of their inner thoughts and emotions, at least in particular situations. Others fear the discovery of wrongdoing or intimacy. (Genesis 18:14-15) Most often, one lie creates the need for another lie. Before you know it, you have a hill, then a mountain of lies. Each lie tarnishes and quickly corrupts as you add one upon the other, all based in a crisis of trust. (“Disciple: Your Basis of Trust“)

Despite the fear and uncertainty, Abraham is a paradigm or type for each disciple of Messiah today. He was justified by faith, (Genesis 15:6; belief) not by laws, lists or worldly statutes that conflicted with his trust in the Father. He didn’t have the same law as the Jews did for a measuring stick. (Galatians 3:19; Romans 4:16; Deuteronomy 32:20) His personal trust was followed by action and continued trust despite any downfalls from human imperfection. (“Disciple: Live Your Belief“; “Bible Truth: What is a Christian?“)

oath of the liarThe temptation doesn’t stop there where the lie is concerned. Lies expand to tales about others, even in legal settings of the world. (Exodus 20:16) Christians are to be honest in dealing with others to the extent possible. In daily life, to leave an important matter out of a story or life experience can easy turn into a half-truth, used to twist the facts, or used to invent a falsehood. This is a problem that is rampant in the world to the point of complete corruption. What can you really trust in the world of man? You cannot trust leaders of the world because of the profusion of deception. There are also those that deceive (through religion) using the Messiah as a tool. Those that deceive while professing the Messiah risk becoming as the world, lined up for divine judgment. Without repentance (turning aside from the past), they will be judged as the world. Mature discernment is required. How much better disciples can do, especially within their very own family! All must remember that deception always results in larger problems. The result of a lie can have unforeseen consequences, and usually does. (“Do You Give Leftovers to Messiah?“)

Another root of the lie is envy, when you covet what someone else has. Once, Ruth went to visit a friend in the country who happened to live in a very nice house. Later, her friend had to move out. The person that owned the house took her friend to court for damages to the property. She asked Ruth if she had seen any of the damage that was alleged. Ruth took notice that the damage that was alleged was not the truth and was willing to stand in a legal court to confirm the truth. Giving false testimony is a common plight of mankind because of envy and greed, even the lust for money. False testimony doesn’t keep anything or anyone from entering a worldly court of law. The world is full of it, although you are likely already aware of this cruel truth. (John 8:43-47; Matthew 15:18-20; Luke 8:15; Mark 7:21-23; Jeremiah 17:9; “Sin & the Law of Liberty“)

It is often considered the duty of a soldier to deceive the enemy. (1 Samuel 21:2, 10-13) Such deception may seem harmless, or even necessary, but often leads to tragedy. The lie certainly stung in the time of old Israel, resulting in the death of 85 priests in 1 Samuel 22:9-19. Today in the world, the lies are so profuse that it is impossible to know the scope of the tragedy. It doesn’t have to be this way in the family, but often families are a reflection of the world in the same way. In the family, the lie can result in all manner of crimes, both spiritual (according to YHWH) and legal (according to where you live), as people that profess to care for one another say far less than they should about the truth. Instead, people distort, twist or ignore the truth. You can’t minimize the evidence. It’s all around you. The Bible is clear that the lie is a sin that leads to all kinds of harmful consequences, even for the one that entertains it. (Ephesians 4:25-31; Colossians 3:8-9; Psalm 101:3; Leviticus 19:11; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)

king of prideOthers lie to make themselves look good. Pride is another prompt for the lie. (2 Chronicles 18:5-16; Proverbs 6:16-19; Romans 1:29-31; Genesis 3:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Timothy 1:10) In this case, King Ahab wanted to look good. The prophets wanted to look good. The prophet that Ahab resented told the truth. When you want to please or impress someone, you may want to lie. Ahab’s 400 prophets did this, while the true prophet was arrested. Obeying Elohim does not always protect you from the world because obedience to YHWH can provoke the world. Still, it is better to suffer at the hands of man than from YHWH. Obeying YHWH always protects you from evil that He can deliver you from. (Matthew 10:28; Proverbs 16:18-19; Psalm 7:14-15) This is what you need to remember when facing difficulty. When you are mocked for being honest (by following the truth of scripture) or doing what you know is right in the eyes of YHWH, remember that mockery is a sign that you are doing what is right in His eyes. When you are a habitual liar, this is not of Elohim. He wants you to be truthful to Him and to those about you as you continue to seek His truth from scripture and the Set-Apart Holy Spirit. (James 3:14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) Instead of the lie, disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] are to rebuke the wickedness in the world. (Proverbs 24:25; Ephesians 5:11; 1 Timothy 2:1-2) We are not to cater or bow to wickedness. When a law or statute is against the Word of the Bible, you have the duty to object. (“The Bible & Higher Authority“; “Disciple: The Pattern of Your Life“; “Knowledge of Good and Evil“)

The seductive influence of many prophets told the king what he wanted to hear. YHWH confirmed a message that would cause Ahab to be removed from kingship, snared by his sin. Is this a message that you need in your life? What prophet (teacher) are you listening to? What do you see in the world? What do you see in your family? Ahab was killed in battle because he listened to the wrong people. Listening to the right prophet (teacher) is vital, not only for your life today, but for your life in the future and into YHWH’s Kingdom. Leaders of men will only find trouble when they surround themselves with advisors whose only thought is to please the leadership. Does this sound like leadership that you know? Your Heavenly Father allows the lie, but it is never without consequences, especially within the world of man. A lie is also subject to remove the blessings of YHWH. (“Wavering Between Two Opinions“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“)

In Exodus, we have the account of the midwives that lied, to protect the children of Hebrew slaves. (Exodus 1:15-22) This was a deception with the idea of protection. While a lie may not have been the best way to answer Pharoah, the midwives were blessed for not violating the higher law of YHWH. They may have made other sacrifices to protect the children of Elohim’s people of the day as well. Some may have paid dearly, but they worked toward the higher authority of YHWH. In the end, YHWH blessed them for saving the lives of innocent children as they faced a genocidal Pharaoh. While they rebelled against Pharaoh’s authority, they held to Elohim’s law, holding Him in higher esteem. In your life, YHWH’s Word on any topic is always superior. We cannot condone murder, especially of innocent life. This is a message that you must remember today, although you must avoid the lie, seeking to hold true to Bible teaching and the Will of YHWH through His Spirit. (“Do You Take Sin For Granted?“; “Understanding Sin“)

Rahab and act of trustWe have another account of using deception for protection in Joshua 2:4-24 concerning the downfall of Jericho. When faced with protecting Hebrew spies, Rahab did not know much about YHWH. While the Bible does not speak negatively about her lie, we can argue that the sin is the same. Is this a double standard? YHWH forgave Rahab’s lie because of her trust, the beginning of relationship with Him. Some might argue that because Rahab was not a Jew, that she was not responsible for keeping Elohim’s commandments. Others specify that Rahab was deceiving the enemy, which was an acceptable practice in wartime. Rahab was commended for her trust in YHWH. She worked to uphold the Father’s highest principle, protecting His people. Under the pressure of the moment, Rahab was forced to make a choice regarding which side she would choose. Most disciples will face dilemmas at one time or the other. We may feel that a perfect solution does not exist. YHWH does not expect perfect judgment from imperfect people. He simply asks you to put your trust in Him and do the best that you know how. As long as the lie is not a key trait in your life, a continual sin of repetition, you will be forgiven when you turn aside from the lie, confessing your sin and turning aside from it. YHWH will not easily forsake you when you pursue His righteousness. Your trust in Him and how you exercise that trust is important, as well as personal. (Hebrews 13:5-6; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 4:7-11; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Deuteronomy 31:8)

Rahab was commended for her trust in YHWH, Whom she hardly knew. (Hebrews 11:31) In the past, she had known only statues and amulets as gods. Elohim remembered her for her trust, not for her past or her past station in life. Will He do any less for you? Rahab recognized something that many of Israel did not. YHWH is not ordinary. He is all powerful. The people of Jericho were afraid of His power, which was heard throughout the land. This idea was probably key in the decision that Rahab made. Yet, she still had to be concerned with the fact that when she told her family in order to save them, she was subject to being turned in as a traitor. Obviously, this person of lesser station in life had enough strength in her family relationships to prevent this. (“Disciple: Where Do You Place Your Trust?“; “The Unpardonable Sin“; “The Abomination That Causes Desolation“)

family strife stressYour family relationships are just as important. Your relationships must be strong or you are at risk. (John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Hebrews 1:9; Romans 12:17-21) Many families are truly broken and bruised, and certainly, a disciple wants to be a good witness to family if this is possible. A disciple of Messiah wants to be a good witness regarding family. Sometimes, this is not possible. (John 6:66-69; Galatians 3:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5) In some modern nations, the family is being summarily dismantled and abused by the authority of man, against the law of YHWH. Members of your family may have become predators and abusers, even using worldly law and statute to get what they believe they desire. (Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 12:51-53; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 12:9; Jeremiah 12:6) They may no longer be members of your household. (1 Timothy 5:8) In line with what Yahshua [Jesus] said, many in your family may betray you. (Matthew 24:9; Mark 13:10-12; Luke 21:10-17; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17) What then? What is the answer? (“Financial Usury & Bible Truth: Lending, Giving & Borrowing“; “Do You Live a Lifestyle of Greed?“)

justice of manYou must separate yourself from those who put you at risk by their conduct or that violently oppose the truth of the Bible or the purpose of the Messiah for all disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 20:24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16) You must object (not consent to) to the use of worldly statute and law that conflicts with Bible principles, including legal and financial inventions of the modern world. These institutions are the real liars, inserting Satanic rule over the law of YHWH, claiming sovereignty over Him. YHWH is your law and YHWH is your Judge through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. (Matthew 12:36; John 9:39; Acts 17:30-31; Revelation 20:11-13; “The Secret Deception of the Golden Rule“; “Breaking the Hold of Stress“; “Trust YHWH, Not World Leaders“; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“; “Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“)

Today, you can make the same choice to honor and worship this same miracle-working Father, turning aside (repenting) from the past. (John 14:21-23; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Isaiah 52:11; Jeremiah 50:8) He will soon destroy all wickedness as He did in past history and save those who love Him from certain death, just like He did for a gentile (foreign) prostitute and her family. (Philippians 3:20; Heb. 11:14-16) Certainly, you may be faced with times of trial when you must protect brothers and sisters of Messiah, perhaps to prevent their murder or assassination. Today, your allegiance is not to Israel or another kingdom on earth, but to YHWH’s Kingdom, a Kingdom that rules in the hearts of sanctified disciples of Messiah through the power of the Holy Spirit. (1 Peter 5:8-9) YHWH, through the promise and power of the Messiah, is bringing His Kingdom in a way that many won’t expect, at a time of His choice. (John 16:1-15; Acts 5:29; 1 John 2:20-21; Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22) This is for the good of all that reside on this planet. In all these matters, all rightly-disposed Christians can trust that YHWH, your Heavenly Father, knows best. (“Cultivating YHWH’s Grace as You Seek Truth“)

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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
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The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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