“And you shall know the Truth, and The Truth shall make you free…Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak Truth with his neighbor," for we are members
of one another” John 8:32; Ephesians 4:25
Lie is the opposite of truth and it is an intentional violation of the truth. Lie is any statement or act designed to deceive another person. Lying is emphatically condemned in the Scriptures; "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” Exodus 20:16.
It is wrong because it is contrary to God’s nature; “…in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began”… that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us”, (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18) and it shows a person is not in touch with reality (Romans 1:25; 1 John 1:6) and the reality is the truth. In the scripture above, Apostle Paul asks the believers in Christ to “…put away lying…” the Greek word used here by Apostle Paul is ‘apotithemi’ which means to cast off, lay apart, lay aside, lay down, put away or put off. ‘Pseudos’ is the Greek word used for lying and it means, lie, falsehood, deceit or deception. It is these lies that are asked to be put away; and this has to do with putting away Satan who is the father of lies (John 8:44; 2 Thess. 2:11). Dakes, commenting on this verse said, “It was a common thing for the heathen teachers to declare that a lie is better than the truth when it is profitable and less hurtful”. In this culture, in which many of the saints in Ephesus came from, it was necessary to teach that the believers now should have nothing to do with lies or lying but the truth.