6 thoughts on “Lying, Good or Bad

  1. Lilly Rose says:

    In Judaism it is said that a half truth is a whole lie. And yet we are permitted to lie. When life is on the line, such as when rahab lied, we are permitted to lie, because life is valued above all else. Also, to spare feelings can lie if there is no way to avoid it. For example, if someone asks if their attire looks good, and it is absolutely not flattering, we have an obligation to tell them if we can spare them humiliation, such as they have time to change. But if they are already in public, they can’t change, and the truth would only serve to hurt their feelings, and bring their self confidence down, so a lie is permitted.
    A lie told to promote peace is not prohibited outright, although it is something I despise, as peace for peace’s sake is a farce that I can’t stand. And the rabbinic code does speak out against it, but Torah does not strictly forbid it.
    Exaggerations of speech are allowed even though technically they are lies, ie “fluffy as a cloud”
    Keeping informations that you know confidential to protect an individual is actually prudent and considered wise. Such as not answer if you know information that may bring someone undue harm or stress.
    All of these things and others are considered acceptable lies in the Judaic faith buy examples that are given in the Bible.
    That being said. The Ten commandments do explicitly say not to lie about another person when giving a testament, and the Bible does say to “distance yourself from falsehoods.” So truth is the up most thing to strive towards.
    The Hebrew word for truth is אמת emet. It is the first middle and last letters of our alphabet. Judaism says that truth is at the beginning middle and end of all things.

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      • Lilly Rose says:

        Truth is powerful, and lies as well. We teach our children truth. Especially in intimate relationships. But that doesn’t always mean that you volunteer everything to everyone. And they are old enough to ask questions. Yes, Rahab lied. Christians even teach that. But so DID Joseph’s brothers after their father died, and so did Isaac to Abraham at his mother’s prodding, and so did king David by ommission to cover up his adulterous sin. Yet, no one seems to talk much about that in the church. The rabbis however have a lot to say about it.

        And I love to study and learn.

        Not just my own religion, but people in general. I do think honesty is the best policy. But it can get you in trouble if given too freely. That was a lesson I had a hard time learning.

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