Is the motive behind not telling the truth the thing that makes lying a sin from the Biblical context?
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Would you say it's sinful to tell an untruth in order to protect your brother/sister in the Lord from an ungodly person wanting to do them harm?
How do you account for the harlot Rehab covering up Jewish spies and then intentionally misleading her own kinsmen about their whereabouts. She was praised in Hebrews for her faith yet her actions in doing so included lying.
Tajman - Technically as they were on the roof and not inside, did she really lie when she said they had left?
Cathleena, even if we go with this, she also said that the left at dusk and she had no idea where they went all this while they were hidden in her roof. No technicalities there.
I know there are times when telling the truth can cause harm. I still believe that God does not condone lying. The praise Rehab received was from the Hebrew people who are human and who's ways are different than God's ways.
Cathleena, interesting perspective but I can't agree with that though. The praise she received was from two writers in the NT who were inspired by God to reveal His Holy Word. There are also other "acceptable" lies in the OT. 2 Kings 19 for Elisha's.
Looks like we will just have to agree to disagree on this one.
But Rehab was commended in Hebrews and James for protecting the Hebrew spies in the OT account in Joshua. She was considered faithful but in her act of faith she lied. How can we rationalize this if there's no context to what is sinful in lying?