I read several Christian articles and books as a theologian to grow my faith. Recently, I came across a book that summed up various vices against God’s command. I was especially intrigued by lying and wanted to know if liars would go to heaven since lying is not considered a grave sin by most people. I decided to do extensive research on the topic. I sat with different theology professors to understand whether God can forgive liars. Last week, one of my theology students wanted to know if liars would go to heaven. The student revealed that she had lied in the previous test I had given and needed to know whether she would be forgiven and go to heaven. Having gained vast knowledge from the research, I had the answer to the question. So, will liars go to heaven?
Liars will only go to heaven if they confess their sins and turn to God, as revealed in 1 John 6:9. The Bible warns against lying through various scriptures in the Bible, and even promises that liars will not go unpunished and that they will perish, as recorded in Proverbs 19:9. Lying is a sin, and unless a sinner turns to God and receives Christ, they will not go to heaven as recorded in John 14:6.
So, join me until the end as I explore more about this topic. I will discuss what the Bible says about liars, if the Bible specifies liars will go to hell, and if you can go to hell for a white lie, among other exciting topics.
What Does the Bible Say About Liars?
Proverbs 19:9 says that anyone that speaks lies will perish, and a false witness will not go unpunished. The Bible also says in 1 Timothy 1:6-12 that the law is not made for the righteous, but for those who go against the teachings of the Bible like liars. The Bible reveals in John 8:41-45 that liars belong to the devil, their father because he is the father of lies. The Bible records liars giving false testimonies against their neighbors and warns them against this act in Exodus 20:16.
Does the Bible specify that liars will go to hell?
There is a scripture in the Bible that reveal directly that liars will go to hell. Revelations 21:8 states that liars and other sinners will be subjected to a fiery lake of burning sulfur. From the description of where liars are said to go, it is evident that they will go to hell.
The Bible also states that liars will not inherit the kingdom of God, meaning that they will go to hell, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Although the Bible does not specify directly where liars will go, it reveals where they will not go, giving us a clear answer on where they will be if not heaven.
Can I go to hell for a white lie?
Bible scholars suggest that telling a white lie is still a lie because the action does not involve the truth that God delights in, as recorded in Proverbs 12:22. People often try to justify their white lies because it is usually said out of good or to benefit others. However, the Bible does not state that a lie can be spoken out of love, as it encourages believers to speak the truth in love in Ephesians 4:15 so that they can grow to be like Jesus. Speaking any type of lie is like imitating the father of lies, the devil, as seen in John 8:44.
Bible verses about liars not entering the kingdom of God
Revelations 21:8 states that all the liars will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur as their second death. From the scripture above, we see that the final destination for liars will not be in heaven but hell, as the activities described above will occur in hell where there is suffering.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 also reveals where liars will be, as the scriptures state that all the wrongdoers, including the slanderers (liars), will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Revelations 21:27 also record that nothing impure will enter the kingdom Of God, including those who involve themselves in deceiving others.
John 8:44 also reveals that liars belong to Satan, their father, meaning they will go to hell and not enter the kingdom of God.
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