Why Is Lying Justified?

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The issue of lying is something that can be quite debatable. Whether it can be justified in some instances depends solely on what the person believes to be morally correct. On one hand, you can have the idea that lying is permissible in order to save someone’s life and protect them. On the other hand, you have the idea that lying is not something that is morally correct because it is sinful and shouldn’t be done. What it really comes down to is a person’s motivation for lying. Is all lying sinful? Yes—but there are times when it can’t always be avoided. Throughout the Bible, we get a clear picture as to what God says about lying. Not only do we see it in the Ten Commandments, but in Proverbs 12:22 God clearly sees lying as an abomination. …show more content…
For example, the Pharisees were prone to fall into self-justification. They lied to themselves constantly, believing that they were morally upright, even though they desperately needed a Savior to rescue them. The Bible calls us to walk in a way that is pleasing and honorable to the Lord, as seen evidently in Romans 13:14, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” If we are told to walk in a way that is pleasing and honoring to the Lord, and if we know that all lying is sinful, then we should strive to be like Christ, and not lie. All in all, the idea of lying and the stand that a person takes has to do with what they believe to be morally right. There are times when lying can be detrimental and hurt a person’s relationship and the trust cannot be regained again. Then, there are times when it is justifiable to lie, such as in life and death situations. Overall, it just depends on the person. If you’re lying to intentionally hurt someone, or make yourself look better, than in those instances lying is not correct. But if you’re lying not out of selfish motives, but for the right reasons, lying is justifiable, though

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