Years ago a then-popular comedian would draw laughs by saying, “A lie is as good as the truth if you can get someone to believe it.” But, is that really true?
But years before that, liars were actually treated with contempt. How the world has changed!
To explore the subject of lies it’s helpful to return to the discourse called the Beatitudes given by Jesus to His disciples and a large multitude. In this discourse Jesus ends with the following, found in Matthew 7:24-28:
24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." NKJV
Here Jesus is declaring the importance of the accepting His Words as truth. He is declaring that to adhere to His Truth is equivalent to building your house on a rock, that will continue to stand despite any forces that are brought against it. But He is also declaring that to ignore these truths is equivalent to building your life on lies and that a life built on lies will ultimately result in destruction.
The significance of this Scripture is that truth is a rock. Lies are sand that actually is rock that has been crushed, dismembered, dismantled, disorganized and shifted into a totally weak and unstable form. Careful examination of any lie will reveal that it’s based on some bits of truth that have been altered, distorted and molded into an entirely different form that is so different that it’s even the exact opposite of what is actually the truth.
Therefore, providing no stability, lies, which are equivalent to sand, can be expected to shift underneath any structure, causing it to fall. Those who structure their lives on lies are actually building their lives on shifting sand that is unstable to the extent that it will eventually cause their lives to crumble.
Lies actually lead to the promise of a great fall. Those who have chosen to build their lives on lies need to be clearly aware of this. To expect otherwise is, in itself, evidence of the deceit that accompanies a life that is based on lies. Those who insist on basing their lives on the shifting sand that is lies would be wise to consider the words of Jesus in John 8:44:
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. NKJV
The greatest travesty of lies is that those who build their lives depending on them actually expect a positive outcome from this distortion. This is a result of the deceit that has been so successfully spread throughout our society. As the words of Jesus make clear, the devil is the source of the deceitful culture of lies that has infiltrated our society. It has become so rampant that it seems that much of the population depends on lies to enable them to progress and succeed in their daily lives. As a result, few can be trusted to tell the unmitigated truth without framing it in some forms of untruth that are aimed at some measures of deceit. This is surely highly pleasing to the devil, who would view this as a great measure of success of his destruction of our culture.
And now it seems there is a recent explosion of notable lies that have served to elevate the level of their acceptance and render them even more attractive and expedient. More and more our government leaders are being caught in outright lies that were intended to improve their ability to move forward with programs that would have been unfavorable and resisted if the true facts were known. When the lies were exposed, rather than the exposure resulting in admittance, the results often were either denial of the lies or more carefully-worded lies aimed at settling down the protests.
So the results have been that, even in the face of proof to the contrary, the lies continue, unabated, unrepentant, unashamed. In fact, even doubled down. But, considering that many of our leaders apparently are compulsive liars, this is not expected to change. It seems that to them a lie is actually better than the truth.
But the result of the success of these lies will surely be noticed by many others. And considering that many of those observing the success that those in power are gaining from their lies, this will undoubtedly serve to increase the appeal of lying and motivate others to attempt to gain more power and increase the chances for success by lying. In other words, thinking, ” If it works for those in power, surely lying will work for us too.”
It would be wonderful if we could return to a culture where lying is again held in contempt. A culture where we could expect others to honor truth and could be expected to speak truth. Unfortunately though, even Scriptures reveal that that should not be expected. One Scripture in II Timothy 3:13 is quite clear:
13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. NKJV
But no matter how appealing and effective they may seem, lies are temporary. The truth is eternal and only the truth will survive. Any system of lies will ultimately be eradicated by the truth. Lies will run their course, God will judge the liars and truth will then prevail once again in a new world.
The end for the liars will be that all of their lies will have been in vain. The Scripture in Revelations 21:8 is a firm statement regarding the future of those who have chosen to reject the truth in favor of lies:
8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." NKJV