there was one that said: Thou shalt not lie. (I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed.)
The 9th commandment is closest: thou shalt not bear false witness...
Throughout the scriptures there are numerous teaching, that we should be honest in
all of our dealings in life. With each other & with God. The 13th article of faith says:
The dictionary definition is: a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men...
This brings me to the question above: would you ever intentionally Lie? Under what circumstances?
I'm not talking about exaggerating on a resume or in a job interview. I am asking, is it ever justified to knowingly tell a lie?
Here are (3) situations that relate to the church for me.
- Temple Interview & Tithing Settlement. I know what the questions are & I answer them directly (yes or no). Nothing extra.
If I can't answer this way or feel uncomfortable with my answer, I don't "take the meeting".
- If I am asked by opinion, I'm direct & to the point without trying to hurt anyone's feelings. (I'm not always successful.)
I try to know my audience & answer accordingly.
- All other times I'm silent. When I can't support the "party line" silence is the best policy for me.
I wish we could be open & honest with our opinions, feelings & thoughts without being judged.
It pays to be cautious if you want to stay active & participate at church. It can be frustrating sometimes.