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ElderAl February 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

Situational Ethics is a code word indicating “I alone am God and I alone can and will make my own decisions as I alone see fit (without the influence of the traditional God). This is the same evil plan re-hashed from the Garden of Eden: “You know better than God does so you do as you please.”

David February 26, 2014 at 12:52 am

to Elder Al. I`m not sure. I was reading about a French farmer and Christian who was sheltering a group of Jewish children during WW2, and when the SS came to his farm and asked him if there were Jews on it he denied the fact. I think it would be strange if he admitted to it.
Also if you read 2 Kings 5 vs`s 17-19 Naaman asked pardon for bowing to the god Rimmon thus breaking the 2nd commandment, because I think God sees the heart, and our real self.
Blessings, David Central Europe

Jessica McDevitt September 19, 2015 at 9:35 pm

Hello! I know you briefly mentioned this in your article but was just curious? In exodus the midwives were commanded by the Pharoah to kill all the newborn Hebrew sons. They feared the Lord however and did not, lying and saying the woman gave birth before they were there. God blessed them for it. But one of his Commandments is not to lie. So if one is trying to follow Gods laws and yet there is example of people going against them and still being blessed, what is one to do? And where does one draw the line? Thanks !!

Robert Driskell September 21, 2015 at 7:40 am

Hi Jessica,
This is indeed an important, and sometimes confusing, topic. Are all lies sinful? Is it never right to tell a lie? Is telling a lie to save someone’s life a good reason to tell a lie. Each of us must come to an understanding, and a peace with God, concerning this important issue. Here are a few more things to think about that, I hope, will help you with a better understanding (a Godly understanding) about lying.

After considering the cases of the Hebrew midwives and Rahab the harlot, John Piper writes this, “So, is it ever right to lie? I am willing to say only that it is possible, instead of answering the question simply with “yes,” because in neither of these cases (nor anywhere else in Scripture, that I am aware of) does the Bible explicitly approve of lying itself. The midwives are commended for fearing the Lord and not killing the babies. And Rahab demonstrates faith by welcoming the Israelite spies. But their lying is not explicitly approved.

As a pastor, I’ve struggled a long time with how to think and teach about these borderline cases. I’ve concluded that the wisest thing for me to do is to acknowledge that in the fear of God and in the walk of faith, worthy saints have chosen to oppose the effects of evil by concealing the truth from wicked men.

Having recognized that lying may be acceptable in rare situations, we should now consider the overwhelming biblical emphasis condemning falsehood” [http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/deeper-walk/features/21429-is-lying-ever-okay#1sJer9FRCYQzsOto.99].

It is clear from the witness of the Bible as a whole that truthfulness is pleasing to God. However, when it comes to making a choice between obeying God or obeying man, we must obey God. [See this article also: http://defendinginerrancy.com/bible-solutions/Exodus_1.15-21.php%5D

I hope this helps Jessica. This certainly is an important concept to understand. Please continue to pray that God would give you understanding.

Here are a couple more articles to help shed some light on this topic:
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/is-there-ever-a-reason-for-christians-to-tell-a-lie/

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-lying-a-christian-study/

Yours in Christ,
Robert





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