On Telling Lies
Truthfulness is a Christian virtue but what counts as lying? Exploring how we misrepresent things will clarify both what we mean by 'truth' and help us understand the ethics involved in truth-telling and lying. This topic is huge for spiritual growth and character formation.
How can I lie to you? Let me count the ways:
using truth to mislead
telling half the truth
Questions to ask:
- What was Jesus doing on the Road to Emmaus? Read it carefully (Luke 24:13-35)
- Talk about the ways your spiritual life would be different if you considered lying as having the same degree of sinfulness as do murder or adultery.
- Think of the movie, The Invention of Lying In what ways would the world be a better place if everybody said exactly what they were thinking all the time, without censorship. In what ways would this make the world worse?
- What modes of deception can you engage in and still remain a moral person? Talk about the role of ‘intent’ and ‘context’ in determining your answers.
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