Saturday, September 19, 2009

What The Bible Says About the Opposite of Honesty

This was to be a short essay to help define a concept. We do these essays usually based on our topics in our Polished Cornerstone book. We explore Prov. 31. This section is based on the verse "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her."

What does the Bible say about the opposite of honesty? The opposite of honesty would be dishonesty, or falsehood. There are many different types of dishonesty. Lying is a form of dishonesty, and so is stealing. Hiding or pretending to be something you aren’t is also a form of dishonesty.
Thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor are both among the Ten Commandments. Bearing false witness is a form of lying, and lying, again, is a form of dishonesty. Stealing is treating something that belongs to someone else like it belongs to you. That is also a form of lying, you make people believe something belongs to you when, really, it belongs to someone else.
The second worst type of dishonesty is dishonesty to yourself. You are usually the readiest to believe your own lie than anyone else. You can make yourself believe that something is true, even when you know it isn’t. King Saul made himself believe that he was bringing home the Amalekite animals for sacrifices, while in truth it was to make himself rich.
The worst kind of deceit is trying to deceive God. Ananias and Sapphira sold some land and gave some of the money to the church. The only problem was that they said that they had given everything. The two of them were punished by death. The Bible has a lot to say about the opposite of honesty. From the serpent deceiving Eve in the garden, to the Beast deceiving the whole word in the Great Tribulation, it is encountered again and again in the Bible. It is a great sin, but God can help his children resist the temptation.

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