Is it wrong to lie in all circumstances? It is best to first go to the word of God and see if we have what I call living examples. God lived out His word through others throughout the writing of His word. And some in this thread have given good examples.
I also like to use logic. I believe it is permissible to serve in the military and to kill the enemy in a time of war. I will not debate this issue in this thread. Therefore, let's say that someone is captured and interrogated by the enemy. They did not sin when they killed the enemy but would sin if they lied to the enemy? The basis is war,which justifies killing the enemy and by the same rationale justifies lying to the enemy.
John 5:16-18 states Jesus broke the Sabbath rest (by working) in order to put people first. In Mat 12:1-6 Jesus defended himself by stating there are times that doing that which is unlawful is the right thing to do. If God said there are exceptions to the rule, there are. And born again Christians are not under the law (2Cor 3:1-8). We do business based on love.
We all agree we need to tell the truth, at least 99.9% of the time. The argument comes with some exceptions.
Shall I tell the truth about where Christians are so the enemy finds them and kill them? Shall I? If I do that, I care more for my resume in the law than fellow Christians.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
There is no darkness in God. To lie is of darkness. There is no lie or deception in God, nor should there be in us if are His children. If we walk in the Spirit of Truth we always speak the truth.
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44
Lying is of the devil, how could then children of holy God lie?
"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." 1John 2:6
If we truely love Jesus, we will walk as He walked and I'm sure Jesus spoke the truth 100% of the time.
Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
God bless you!
And in a situation you described, instead of lying we can choose not to say anything i.e reveal the location of other believers in hiding. And if we were to crack under torture and reveal where they are hiding, we wouldn't be held responsible for their deaths. Lord also can give us the strength to endure that torture so that His own stay safe.
God bless you to brother/sister !
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