Anarchy, Morality, and Today

Think anarchy is the best answer for how men should live?

I am not sure if Israel having no king led to every man doing what was right in his own eyes, or if it was every man doing what was right in his own eyes that led to Israel having no king, or if the two simply were true without causation between them.

But one thing is sure, our morality is much like what was happening then. We may not yet be where our government is gone, but its breaking down as is morality.

Judges 17:6
In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.

Judges 21:25
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

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Those who are not pure are corrupted

Scripture tells us that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so we will approve of God’s will.

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Some people are unable to see God’s will as something good.
Titus 1:15-16 15

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

There are people who claim to know God. But their lives show otherwise.

Paul said we have to have faith and have a life which gives evidence of it.

Acts 26:20

20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

James said the same thing.

James 2:14-19

14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Does your life show change? Do you not see a problem with certain TV shows, or movies or music? Does what you watch glorify sin and Satan, or God and godliness?

If you dont see anything wrong with certain things on television or in movies, then perhaps you are not yet to a point where you can accept what God has said. Turn to God. Trust God. Show that change in your life.

 

God forgives, and so should we.

We are GOING to sin.

Romans 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Proverbs 24:16

16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

But even though we fall, we must take responsibilty for what we do, confess our sins, seek forgiveness, and repent.

2 Chronicles 6:24-27

24 “When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and confess your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their fathers.

26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, 27 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Luke 15:7

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

If you know that someone has something against you, you should go to them and try to be reconciled to them.

Matthew 5:23-24

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

Just as we should seek forgiveness, we should forgive those who repent and seek forgiveness.

Luke 17:3-4

3 So watch yourselves.

“If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.4 If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

If we do NOT forgive, we will not be forgiven.

Matthew 6:9-15

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done     on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts,  as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

So yes, God forgives. We need to also. And we need to take responsibilty for our sins, and confess them, and repent, and turn to God and seek forgiveness – of God and others (who ever we sin against).

Biblical perspective on self-defense.

I must thank Elad for pointing me in the direction of an excellent article on self-defense.

http://www.biblicalselfdefense.com/

 

The short of the article is:

Though we see sanction and even a qualified directive from Christ to possess personal weapons, we must remember three points. First, in the remainder of the New Testament, we have no further examples of believers taking up the sword. Secondly, the emphasis in the remainder of the New Testament is decidedlynot geared toward the issues of physical self-defense or righteous use of lethal force. Rather, we see more emphasis on Godly living, suffering affliction and persecution for Christ, and grasping the precious doctrines of Christ and the Gospel.  Thirdly, possession of weapons and acquiring the skill to use them in self-defense is permitted but not required by Scripture.

US founded on Christian Principles?

The question has been bandied about as to whether the United States of America was founded upon Christian principles. In fact, I have made that very statement. I think the founding fathers made an effort to ensure that everyone was free to have and exercise their religious beliefs (even those who believe in no religion or god). But this does not mean the country was founded in an environment absent of religious beliefs. In support of this idea, I will show that at least some of the people involved in the founding of the nation believed it was founded upon Christian principles.

The country united on the principles of Christianity and liberty, according to John Adams in a Letter to Thomas Jefferson dated 28 June, 1813:

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence, were the only principles in which that beautiful assembly of young men could unite, and these principles only could be intended by them in their address, or by me in my answer. And what were these general principles? I answer, the general principles of Christianity, in which all those sects were united, and the general principles of English and American liberty, in which all those young men united, and which had united all parties in America, in majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her independence. Now I will avow, that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system.

More than that, John Adams, writing in his first essay as a ficitonal Governor Winthorp to a fictional Governor Bradford (a common literary device of the time), wrote that the founders had wanted to found a nation on Christian principles and had succeeded. Another source can be found here.

We were Englishmen; we were citizens of the world; we were Christians. The history of nations and of mankind was familiar to us; and we considered the species chiefly in relation to the system of great nature and her all-perfect Author. In consequence of such contemplations as these, it was the unwearied endeavor of our lives to establish a society on English, humane, and Christian principles. This, (although we are never unwilling to acknowledge that the age in which we lived, the education we received, and the scorn and persecution we endured, had tinctured our minds with prejudices unworthy of our general principles and real designs,) we are conscious, was our noble aim. We succeeded to the astonishment of all mankind

But the question is, “What were these Christian principles?“. Some of them might be considered to be universal – but not all of them. These principles include: order, right, honesty, keeping oaths, morality, peace, justice, peace and hamony with all, protection of life, limbs, and property, separation of church and state, love your neighbor as yourself, and do to others as you would that others should do to you, prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, overlooking trivial provocation, the duties and rights of the man and the citizen.

George Washington saw that at least two of the principles were rules of order and right, according to George Washington’s 1st inaugral address:

Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained….

George Washington also seemed to think the morality, peace, justice as taught by Christianity were some of the principles of Christianity upon which this nation was founded.

Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and Morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt, that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages, which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its Virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature.

John Adams wrote in “Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States”, speaking of commandments of heaven, where he gave some of the principles of Christianity of which he spoke – to not covet nor steal, that property is important:

The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet,” and “Thou shalt not steal,” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.

James Madison in writing in a letter to F. L. Schaeffer on Dec. 3rd, 1821 wrote of the distinction between what is of God and of the government:

It illustrates the excellence of a system which, by a due distinction, to which the genius and courage of Luther led the way, between what is due to Caesar and what is due God, best promotes the discharge of both obligations. The experience of the United States is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting usurpers, that without a legal incorporation of religious and civil polity, neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly to practical Religion, to social harmony, and to  political prosperity.

In fact, the separation of church and state was at least in part actually based upon what Christ said concerning His church, based upon what the The presbytery of Hanover presented to the state convention in 1776.

…[W]hen our blessed Saviour declares His kingdom not of this world, He renounces all dependence on state power…. We are persuaded that, if mankind were left in quiet possession of their unalienable rights and privileges, Christianity, as in the days of the apostles, would continue to prevail and flourish in the greatest purity by its own native excellence and under the all-disposing providence of God.”

James Madison argued, in his Memorial and Remonstrance (dated June 20, 1785), for seperation of church and state, thinking that if it is true religion, then it will flourish withhout the intervention of the government (and we see in this that Madison believed in miracles, and so would not be a deist).

Because the establishment proposed by the Bill is not requisite for the support of the Christian religion. To say that it is, is a contradiction to the Christian religion itself; for every page of it disavows a dependence on the powers of this world. It is a contradiction to fact, for it is known that this religion both existed and flourished, not only without the support of human laws, but in spite of every opposition from them; and not only during the period of miraculous aid, but long after it had been left to its own evidence and the ordinary care of Providence. Nay, it is a contradiction in terms, for a religion not invented by human policy must have pre-existed and been supported before it was established by human policy. It is moreover to weaken in those who profess this religion a pious confidence in its innate excellence and the patronage of its Author and to foster in those who still reject it, a suspicion that its friends are too conscious of its fallacies to trust it to its own merits.

Maidson also made clear, in the same memorial, that he knew the difference between religion, Christianity, and sects within Christianity. While some might have meant Christianity when they spoke of Religion, Madison meant religion in general. The idea was to prevent any one religious sect (not just one within Christianity) from being made prominent, or preeminent, by the federal government. If people are true followers of a religion that has been divinely authored, they will support it, and that religion will survive without the government forcing people to support it.

Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects? that the same authority which can force a citizen to contribute three pence only of his property for the support of any one establishment, may force him to conform to any other establishment in all cases whatsoever?

But more than that, Madison did not want to force people who did not believe in a religion of divine origin to act as if they did.

Whilst we assert for ourselves a freedom to embrace, to profess and to observe the Religion which we believe to be of divine origin, we cannot deny an equal freedom to those whose minds have not yet yielded to the evidence which has convinced us.

The founding fathers had lived under a society where they were NOT free to exercise religion as they saw fit. They had also seen the excesses that can come about by having religion in the government and/or government in the religion. As such, they wanted to establish a nation where religious tolerance was the norm. At the same time, they recognized the need for people to act in moral ways.

The Elias Boudinot (served four times in the Continental Congress, three times in the US Congress, and was the first president of the American Bible Society) said in a speech on July 4th, 1793, “Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerates, their political character must soon follow.”

George Washington wrote of the importance of self-control and morality in maintaining a United Sttes in a circular to the states June 8, 1783:

The Treaties of the European Powers with the United States of America, will have no validity on a dissolution of the Union. We shall be left nearly in a state of Nature, or we may find by our own unhappy experience, that there is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of Tyranny; and that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.

John Adams wrote in his diary on 14 August 1796, that religion teaches people are to act morally:

One great advantage of the Christian religion is, that it brings the great principle of the law of nature and nations,—Love your neighbor as yourself, and do to others as you would that others should do to you,—to the knowledge, belief, and veneration of the whole people. Children, servants, women, and men, are all professors in the science of public and private morality. No other institution for education, no kind of political discipline, could diffuse this kind of necessary information, so universally among all ranks and descriptions of citizens. The duties and rights of the man and the citizen are thus taught from early infancy to every creature. The sanctions of a future life are thus added to the observance of civil and political, as well as domestic and private duties. Prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude, are thus taught to be the means and conditions of future as well as present happiness.

John Adams further wrote that preservation of life, limbs, and property was both a natural and a Christian principle. He also said that Christ taught to overlook trivial provocation (showing the duty to moderation and self-government), but this did not preclude resistance or self-defence:

Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which, perhaps, I could not surrender if I would. Nor is there any thing in the common law of England, (for which Mr. X supposes I have so great a fondness,) inconsistent with that right. On the contrary, the dogmas of Plato, the maxims of the law, and the precepts of Christianity, are precisely coincident in relation to this subject.

The divine Author of our religion has taught us that trivial provocations are to be overlooked; and that if a man should offer you an insult, by boxing one ear, rather than indulge a furious passion and return blow for blow, you ought even to turn the other also. This expression, however, though it inculcates strongly the duty of moderation and self-government upon sudden provocations, imports nothing against the right of resistance or of self-defence. The sense of it seems to be no more than this: that little injuries and insults ought to be borne patiently for the present, rather than run the risk of violent consequences by retaliation.

So, yes. Christianity was founded upon principles of Christianity and liberty. Some of the Christian principles might be considered to be universal – but not all of them. These principles include: order, right, honesty, keeping oaths, morality, peace, justice, peace and hamony with all, protection of life, limbs, and property, separation of church and state, love your neighbor as yourself, and do to others as you would that others should do to you, prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, overlooking trivial provocation, the duties and rights of the man and the citizen.

The insidiousness of redefinition…

The idea of how modern society has chosen to redefine words came up in conversation recently. Perhaps it is the natural way of things, or perhaps it is the influence of the postmodern movement of the late 20th century. But regardless, its amazing what such redefinitions have done for our society. Take for example, the term tolerance.

The 1828 edition of Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language defines tolerance as:

TOL’ERANCE, n. [L. tolerantia, from tolero, to bear.] The power or capacity of enduring; or the act of enduring.

Whereas Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary defines tolerance as:

1. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.
2. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.
3. interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one’s own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
4. the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.
5. Medicine/Medical, Immunology.

a. the power of enduring or resisting the action of a drug, poison, etc.: a tolerance to antibiotics.
b. the lack of or low levels of immune response to transplanted tissue or other foreign substance that is normally immunogenic.

6. Machinery.

a. the permissible range of variation in a dimension of an object. Compare allowance (def. 8).
b. the permissible variation of an object or objects in some characteristic such as hardness, weight, or quantity.

7. Also called allowance. Coining. a permissible deviation in the fineness and weight of coin, owing to the difficulty of securing exact conformity to the standard prescribed by law.

Notice that enduring something is now “a fair, objective, and permissive attitude….” What used to be putting up with something or someone has become having a fair, objective and permissive attitude.

This redefinition is continuing around us. In all avenues. Femininity used to be desirable in women, and masculinity in men. Now, these things are bad.

You are probably asking yourself why I am writing this blog entry. What’s the deal with worrying about redefinition of terms? Who cares? It is not just terms that are redefined. So are the very foundations of our nation, our society, and our religion.

The fact is, the postmodern world has attempted to redefine many things, including what is right and wrong, good and bad, evil and not. We must recognize that when God’s word says something is good, then it is. When God’s word says something is bad, then it is. Our feelings do not change what God has says or whether it applies to us.

The world would say that it is important for a woman to look a certain way, sexy, “attractive”, etc. But what does God’s word say?

Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 3:3-4,

3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

What is important – what the world says, what your desires are, or what God says? God says that what is on the inside of a person is much more important than what is on the outside.

The world would have you think that you need to stand up for yourself – to your boss, your government, etc. God’s word says in 1 Peter 2:13-17,

13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”

What is more important – what the world says, what your desires are, or what God says?

The world says that if you are not happy with your spouse, then get a divorce. God says in Matthew 19:4-6,

4“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”‘

What is more important – what the world says, what your desires are, or what God says?

Do not let yourself get caught up with what the world says is good or bad – these are men’s philosophies that we are warned about in the Bible. Colossians 2:8 tells us,

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ

I submit that what God says is more important. It does not matter how we feel. We must live as God has said to live, and not as the world would say we should.

God, people, and lying

There are people who think being a Christian and lying are perfectly compatible concepts. But let us look at what God has said concerning lying.

First, let’s look at scripture concerning God and lying:

God does not lie Numbers 23:19

19 God is not a man, that he should lie,
       nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
       Does he speak and then not act?
       Does he promise and not fulfill?

God does not lie. 1 Samuel 15:29

29 He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.”

God does not lie. Titus 1:2

2a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time

It is impossible for God to lie.

Hebrews 6:18

18God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.

Note: Scripture speaks of hiding God’s people, but does not mention that this person lied to do it.

1 Kings 18:3-4

3 and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of his palace. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD. 4 While Jezebel was killing off the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.)

 Now let’s look at what scripture says concerning people and lying:

Ex 20:16  

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”

Ex 23:1-3

Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. 2 “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 3 and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit. “

 

Ex 23:7-8

7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.

Lev 6:1-7  

1 The LORD said to Moses: 2 “If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LORD by deceiving his neighbor about something entrusted to him or left in his care or stolen, or if he cheats him, 3 or if he finds lost property and lies about it, or if he swears falsely, or if he commits any such sin that people may do- 4 when he thus sins and becomes guilty, he must return what he has stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to him, or the lost property he found, 5 or whatever it was he swore falsely about. He must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day he presents his guilt offering. 6 And as a penalty he must bring to the priest, that is, to the LORD, his guilt offering, a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. 7 In this way the priest will make atonement for him before the LORD, and he will be forgiven for any of these things he did that made him guilty.”

Leviticus 19:11-12

11 Do not steal.  Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. 12 Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.  13 Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.  14 Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.  15 Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.  16 Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD.  Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.

Colossians 3:5-10  

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

 

John 8:42-47 

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

 

Ephesians 4:25-31

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Revelation 21:6-8

6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

 

Revelation 21:22-27

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

Revelation 22:14-15

“14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

 

 God can not lie. He tell us, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, we are not to lie. In fact, God has said all liars will suffer the second death.

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