lying is always a sin?

Singapore
September 9, 2008 5:06am CST
how about white lie? people from time to time had to tell a lie, in order to help someone or bring happiness to others, but is lying always a sin? share your thoughts.
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• Sri Lanka
9 Sep 08
Lying is always a sin irrespective of the reason. But if your intention is to help someone, while you do the sin of lying you collect the merit of helping the other person. So the power of consequences of lie would be minimised.
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• Singapore
9 Sep 08
so you think that sometimes lying is necessary to help others?
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• Sri Lanka
10 Sep 08
Honnestly yes. But if you can avoid that also great. As ordinary human beings it's difficult for us to do that. When somebody is dying to give him some hope or relief we might have to lie. The merit you gain from satisfying him is more than the sin you get from lying.
• Ireland
9 Sep 08
No I don't believe that lying is always wrong. In fact sometimes I believe that, if you're going to refer to things in terms of right / wrong or sin, telling the truth in certain instances would actually be the sin, not lying. For example, if I ask someone if I look okay, I'm not asking them because I want to know, I'm asking them because I need reassurance. I know that may sound illogical, but I think that is true for many people. If someone came out and told me I look awful, when I'm desperately needing reassurance and a confidence boost, I would not only be horribly depressed and upset but I would also be appalled at their rudeness and possibly cut off the friendship with them. In this instance, and many similar instances, I believe that telling the truth would be inappropriate, rude, harmful, and more of a 'sin' than telling a lie would be.
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• Singapore
9 Sep 08
yeah it is better to keep it to your heart when you know what you say is going to hurt others.
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9 Sep 08
Lying is a sin, no doubt about it, and yes it is a sin all of the time. however in this day and age where people are commiting murder and other serious sins, i dont believe lying can make the biggest difference, i try to minimise mine though.
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@khatri_50 (225)
• India
9 Sep 08
this world is false and even this human body is a false .to tell a lie is a sin . i always try to speak the truth but i cannt fallow it becase i will have to tell a lie some time for the sake of other person . when i tell the lie then i pray to god to forgive me for telling a lie .in this world of illusion no man can remain truthful .only the GOD is beyond the lie . to be a truth is a very hard.
• Singapore
9 Sep 08
saying the truth can be much tougher than telling lies.
10 Sep 08
Lying is not always a sin.Im a muslim,and for us,a lie that brings 2 muslims closer is as good as truth,which has the worth of something much more than a billion dollars.
@vijigopi (991)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Truth is a very complex matter. I agree that it is always better to speak the truth but there are times when speaking the truth will amount to injustice!! At those times, it is better to keep our mouth shut. If it is mandatory that we should speak, the situation should influenze us to speak what is right and just. In general I would say speak the truth 99% of the time, and lie only when it is utmost necessary to save an innocent life.
@jillbeth (2710)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I agree that lying is a sin, but I think the Good Lord considers the circumstances. To lie to keep ourselves from blame, or to seriously mislead another person, is wrong. But I think He can overlook "white lies" that keep us from hurting the feelings of others. If your best friend has the ugliest baby in the world, are you going to be the one to tell her so? Of course not, you will tell her the baby is adorable. If your future mother-in-law serves you a nasty meal, are you going to tell her her cooking stinks? Not if you want to keep peace in the family! (Just try to avoid future invitations.)