Thought for the week

The Oban Times - - Birthd, Marriages & Deaths - C E Mor­ri­son

‘If we con­fess our sins, he is faith­ful and just and will for­give us our sins and pu­rify us from all un­righ­teous­ness’ – 1 John Ch1 v 9

LY­ING is, how­ever, part of the hu­man con­di­tion. Ac­cord­ing to psy­chol­o­gists, there is a con­tin­uum of ly­ing which ranges from the mild but un­true state­ment, to down­right un­truth­ful­ness. Hu­man be­ings lie to oth­ers and even lie to them­selves.

I was both amused and in­trigued by the TV de­bates pre­ced­ing the 2016 EU ref­er­en­dum. With po­lit­i­cal lead­ers ac­cus­ing each other of ‘telling whop­pers’, many be­mused vot­ers con­cluded that both sides of the ref­er­en­dum de­bate were more than a lit­tle ‘eco­nom­i­cal with the truth’.

Sadly for those se­ri­ous se­rial liars, the truth nearly al­ways comes to the fore and the con­se­quences can be dev­as­tat­ing ca­reer wise and per­son­ally. Why do peo­ple tell lies? Some lie to main­tain re­la­tion­ships or hide their true feel­ings to avoid hurt or dis­cord. Peo­ple use com­mon­place phrases with a dou­ble mean­ing – ‘I value your opin­ion’... ‘I for­got’...‘Your kids are sooo cute’...‘I love your hair’...‘I’ll def­i­nitely get back to you’.

Ac­cord­ing to psy­chol­o­gist Robert Feld­man: ‘We find that as soon as peo­ple feel that their self-es­teem is threat­ened, they im­me­di­ately be­gin to lie at higher lev­els.’

Higher lev­els of ly­ing in­clude: ly­ing to save face, ly­ing to shift blame and ly­ing for per­sonal gain. Feld­man ar­gues that ‘ly­ing is a com­plex phe­nom­e­non’.

The Bible is clear about ly­ing – it is sin. How­ever, God, who is mer­ci­ful and lov­ing, pro­vides a way of es­cape for from the con­se­quences of sin. The apos­tle John ex­plained this great truth in his epis­tle: ‘If we claim to be with­out sin, we de­ceive our­selves and the truth is not in us. If we con­fess our sins, he is faith­ful and just and will for­give us our sins and pu­rify us from all un­righ­teous­ness.’

These truths are just some of the good news of the Gospel.

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