The Truth About Lies

The truth is people tell 200 lies a day, study finds.


So stated a recent newspaper article out of London. The study further revealed:

  • On the average, people tell a lie every eight minutes.
  • US $50.00 was “mistakenly” sent to 25 clergy and 25 car salesmen. In both groups, 15 cashed the checks.

The article concluded, “Dishonesty is a fundamental part of life.” Certainly the Scriptures would concur, “Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception… ” (Psalm 12:2)


What are some of the reasons people lie?

  • To manipulate – “Joe, you are one of the last ones to endorse the project. Surely you want to be part of the team.
  • To not offend – “Yes Mary, that is a lovely dress.
  • To withhold a portion of the truth – “Sales are up 20%!” (Suppressing the fact that the company ended the year in the red.)
  • To avoid inconvenience – “Tell them Im not in the office.
  • To excuse their failure – “I was late due to heavy traffic.
  • To exaggerate – “85% of the units are sold out,” states the advertisement, when in fact the figure is 42%.
  • To flatter – “Bill, how did you become so exceptional at so many things?
  • To deceive – “We can do the job for 15% below the lowest bidderand on time.

Given the seriousness of the problem, perhaps our prayer should echo that of the Psalmist, “Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalm 120:2)


Because God somberly forewarns us,


No one who practices deceit will dwell in My house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in My presence All liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” [Hell] (Psalm 101:7; Revelation 21:8b)



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