To Lie or Not to Lie

Lying is outlined in the Bible as something God clearly does not want us to do. However, all people still do it.  People may lie for different reasons, but they are still guilty of disobeying God.  Different consequences come with different forms of lying.  Some of the most common forms of lying include not wanting to look bad in front of friends, wanting more benefits from the government, and not wanting to receive punishment from parents; and these lies result in people believing someone is not who he or she truly is, the possibility of arrest for lying on official documents, and the loss of trust with one’s parents.

Wanting to fit in and not be bullied for who you are has become a big deal in today’s culture.  People pretend to be someone they are not to avoid conflict or to gain friends.  It is very easy to do because people do not know what is truly going on inside of someone or who he or she truly is.  They often take people at face value, so all someone has to do is look like someone that that person isn’t.  However, people not only lying to those around them, but they are lying to themselves.  God created them with a specific image in mind, and when people go and change that just to fit in, it is disrespectful.  Also, if someone comes to find out that people are truly lying about who they say they are, then they could potentially lose even more friends and face more humiliation and bullying than they would have if they had just been their true self.  It is never a good idea to get in the wat of God’s perfect plan.

Lying can even be at a criminal level.  Every year, people who have received income must fill out tax returns.  With millions of people holding jobs, that is a lot of tax returns to go through.  Do people think the government has time to check every single one of these thoroughly to make sure no one lied on them?  Absolutely not.  It may take them years to find out; and by then, that person could be long gone and the government might never catch them.  This makes it very easy to lie on one of these forms, and it costs the government dearly.  LiveScience reports, “[T]he IRS says unreported income costs the U.S. Treasury $250 billion or more a year in lost taxes” (Britt).  That is a lot of money lost that if the government recovered could help get America out of debt, as well as help make the lives of people better.  Those people being the ones who have to lie on their tax returns so they can survive.  Granted, some just do it because they can and want the extra money.  The punishment for this lie can cost more than if the person had just told the truth.  The International Revenue Service states that someone who evades taxes “shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years, or fined not more than $250,000 for individuals ($500,000 for corporations), or both, together with the costs of prosecution” (“Related Statutes and Penalties–General Fraud”).  This is a perfect example of why it is not often worth it to lie.

It seems as if parents are the easiest to lie to. They put trust in their children because as a parent they want to trust their child.  They want to believe their children and they want to let their children to be free to mature.  However, the heart of a young adult is deceitful and rebellious.  Their parents may tell them not to do something, but that mostly ignites their passion to do that certain activity more and more.  The child will then go behind their parents back to accomplish what he or she wants to do.  Sneaking out to hang out with a boy or girl is something that a child will often do and this is something that the child will maybe regret later when their parents find out.  Sometimes kids are so clever that their parents never find out, and they never have to worry about it again.  If the child’s parents do find out, though, that child is going to face some harsh reality.  First off, the parents may become quite mad that their child did not obey their instruction.  Then there are the punishments for the child.  There are short term and long term punishments for the child.  The short term could include grounding or having things taken away.  The long term can be even more severe.  That child has now lost trust with his or her parents.  Now children may not be able to go out and do things with their friends that they used to do, even if those activities have good intentions.  The parent has no choice though because they want what is best for their child and want to protect the child from themselves.  Lying is very damaging to a relationship between parents and a child.

Sometimes lying can be done for the good of someone, such as lying about a present to help make the surprise that much better. However, it is still a lie and is still not something honorable to God.  So whether a person lies to their friends to avoid being picked on, only to be found out and receive harsher punishment, or to lie on tax returns and spend time in prison, or whether they lie to their parents and lose privileges, lying is never worth it.

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