This coming Sunday morning (May 15) at MoSt Church most of our English-speaking adult Bible classes (9:00 a.m.) will study Rock Solid Speech. This is a study of the ninth of the Ten Commandments (“you shall not give false testimony against your neighbor”; Exodus 20:16; Deut. 5:20). Make good use of the following questions to assist you in your preparation for class this Sunday, won’t you?
1. What constitutes a “lie?” “Define lying.” Be as precise as possible.
2. Of all sins, lying is the one most identified with Satan (“the father of lies” – John 8:44). Why do you suppose this is the case and what are some of Satan’s favorite lies that you hear?
3. Name some instances of lying as related in the narratives of the Bible.
4. What are some of the most common motivations for people to lie? That is, why do people lie?
5. Can you illustrate how it is possible to say something that is factually true, but morally false?
6. Lies are not always told with words. How else do you see people lie? Can a lie be told by being silent? Can you give us an illustration of such?
7. Is there a distinction in your mind between lying about trivial matters and lying about important matters? Explain.
8. Are you inclined to view lying as “immoral” or “against God” in the same way as sexual immorality, murder, and idolatry?
9. What is the most deceptive kind of lie – the one furthest or closest to the truth? Why?
10. What lies do you hear people tell in the name of “politeness” or “compassion?” When is withholding the truth wrong? Right?
11. How are lying and slander related to each other? Is it possible to slander a person if everything you say about them is true?
12. What are your most common self-deceptions?
13. What is the most valuable lesson you have ever learned about the value of truth? What is the best way to teach truthfulness to someone?
14. How can a person guard their heart against the temptation to lie? How can someone given to lying break the cycle?