A Tangle of Lies
ONE lie isn’t such a big deal, is it? Sometimes it’s just easier to tell a fib to get out of a situation or avoid a confrontation, right?
The problem with lying is that it’s habit forming. One lie, no matter how small, often leads to another, and then to another and then to another.
The trail of lies gets longer and longer, just like the snake in the game Snake (or Snake II, which is essentially the same game) that appeared on the Nokia 3310 mobile/cell phone.
Played in a monochrome green and black, the user plays as a snake who has to eat apples/dots/whatever-they-are, on the screen for points.
The trick though, is that with each item he/she eats, the longer the snake gets. This gets challenging as you end up having to avoid your own body which wraps and curls around the screen in the path you’ve left it.
Should the snake happen to run into itself, it’s game over.
Put simply, lying gets tangled.
Curiously, Satan appears as a snake when he addresses Eve in the Garden of Eden, where he lies to her about God's instructions. He’s referred to as “the father of lies” which isn’t exactly a glowing title to have.
Pretty soon, an habitual liar will have a full time job distorting the truth just to cover up the lies he or she has already told, going from “evil to evil” as the book of Jeremiah puts it.
The snake gets longer the more it swallows until it becomes hard work trying not to get caught.
Eventually though, it will come back to bite him.
It’s easy to think that lying isn’t as big a sin as murder or stealing but sin is sin, regardless of its size, and it all creates a barrier between humans and God.
It’s possible to lie to a friend or a colleague or a stranger, or even yourself, but you can’t lie to God.
1 Samuel 16: 7 says that the Lord does not see as man sees; “for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”.
Thankfully, Jesus was willing to die for us to bridge that barrier, to make us right in the sight of God once more.
If we’ve accepted that forgiveness, we will strive to live to honour him as purely as possible, and that means speaking the truth and living truthfully.
Don’t give in to the temptation to lie. It’ll only result in a tangled mess with no high score to boast about
“You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.”
- 1 Corinthians 6:12.