(Proverbs 19:22 KJV) The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
What is one of the greatest differences in living standards between followers of Jesus and the rest of the world? Truth, both absolute and moral. Absolute truth is based on Jesus claim that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Truth exists because of God.
Here we are called to moral, daily truth. We are reminded again that God hates a “liar” (376/3577). Notice I list two numbers. That means this is a compound word. It combines “man” and “lie.” When God told us not to bear false witness in the Ten Commandments, He did not include any exception clauses. I can’t think of any place in the Bible where it says circumstances allow a lie. We need to get over the situational ethics of our day and live with honesty, no matter what the cost.
So? Don’t lie. That seems kind of simple. And don’t sidetrack the issue by bringing up your wife asking if the dress makes her look fat.