THIS IS A SAMPLE MEAT LESSON... RATHER THAN A PABLUM OR MILK LESSON...
TASTE IT, SEE IF YOU MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO WANT MEAT AND NOT STAY ON PABLUM...
Sometimes we see or hear talk that generates the idea that lying is sometimes permissible. Lying is condemned in Scripture, and there is no announcement that it is allowable.
There are ten words that I find in the Bible for sin, and let me show with those words how each speaks a message to us that condemns lying..
The Greek word hamartia is translated "sin." It literally means "missing the mark, missing aim, failing by missing the true end and scope of our lives (that is - God)."
I John 5:17
"All unrighteousness is sin (missing the mark)."
We follow the Lord, Who is Truth, and we are to be Christ-like. Lying is missing that mark, missing that target.
As an archer fails to hit the target, hamartia is falling short of the target that God has given us. Our real target is be like Jesus.
Parakoe means "disobedience to a voice, failing to hear, hearing amiss - or not hearing rightly, unwillingness to hear."
We get ourselves into trouble when we fail to give attention to God's Word and to checks (the quiet urgings to stop) of the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us over and over that we are to tell truth, and not to lie. So, lying is also parakoe sin.
Sometimes, we are unwilling to heed or listen to the Holy Spirit speak the truth we are to say in certain situations.
Anomia is "non-observance of a known law."
The law against lying, adultery, lust, greed, taking the Lord's name in vain...etc. are well documented in Scripture.
Any Christian should be able to see clearly in the Bible that God does not want us to do those type of things.
To do them, is anomia.
"...depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
"And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more..."
Parabasis means "overpassing of a line, stepping over a boundary."
Just as there is a normal tendency to touch the wall where one sees a "WET PAINT" sign, so people are often tempted to step past the boundaries that God has set up for us.
When one sees a sign that says "NO FISHING", one naturally begins to wonder how good the fishing would be there.
It is a fact that God has set up boundaries for us. One of them is to not lie... and if we lie, we step over that line that God has told us not to step over.
"for where no law is, there is no transgression. (stepping over the boundary)"
Paraptoma means "failing where one should have stood upright."
"And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses (falling when you should have stood) and sins (hamartia)."
When we lie, we fail where we should have not fallen. The Spirit of Truth could have inspired a truthful answer to whatever question, but we chose to use our own ideas and spoke a lie the Spirit of Truth did not inspire.
Agnoema is "ignorance of what one should have known."
It is found only once in the Bible.
"But into the second went the High Priest alone once every year not without blood - which he offered for himself and the errors (ignorances of what they should have known) of the people."
We should not have to ask 'can I lie?'. We should not be that ignorant. We know the answer. So, if we claim ignorance for our sin, well then that is 'agnoema'.
Hettama means "a lessening of that which should have been given in full measure."
God is not satisfied with partial obedience. Failure to do our complete duty is sin. He has told us to love our neighbor. He is not satisfied with us just "not hating" our neighbor. He told us to do good to those who despitefully abuse us... He is not satisfied with us just not getting revenge.
God told us to speak truth, and not to lie... and if we do any less than that, we are sinning a hettama sin.
Asabas means "ungodliness, positive and active irreligion, a purposeful turning away from God..."
This word does not include the wrong deeds that follow it, but rather it means the act of turning away, deciding in one's heart to not follow God.
When we decide to use the 'devils' lies' that they inspire in us, instead of the truth that God wants to speak to us, we are choosing to turn from God to the devils' ways. This is asabas.
"The wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness (deciding to not serve God)."
Adikea is "knowingly doing wrong deeds, crimes against God."
When joined with asabas (deciding to not serve God), adikea is positive and active irreligion in motive and deed. Allowing and condoning lies in our lives leads to many other sins. We grieve the Spirit with the first lie, we continue to grieve if we do not 'repent' and have a change of mind toward that sin.
Actively living and speaking lies is adikea.
I John 5:17
"All unrighteousness is sin (knowingly doing wrong deeds)."
Pleimmeleia means "a discord or disharmony, a false note in music."
When one sings out of tune, the whole choir is spoiled. When one instrument hits a wrong note, the conductor of the orchestra hears that discord. In the same way, when we are serving God, and doing well... one slip, sin, trespass, failure...
and yes, one lie, is like a false note in the orchestral song of our lives.
"If a soul commit a trespass (a false note)... bring a ram without blemish..."
Every note but one in a song may be perfect, but the one wrong note will spoil the song. It will be remembered long after the correct notes are forgotten. In the same way, our lives may contain much good, but the one sin or failure can ruin the well lived life. These sins need forgiveness and atonement also.
Therefore, one lie can spoil our witness.
That... was a meaty message on lying... is it so hard to swallow??? does it need mashed and watered down into pablum? or can we mature to meat???