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LIES and the Kingdom of Lies in which we live

also known as: lying, dishonesy, deception

“Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.” —Proverbs 4:24 ESV


A lie is an intentional violation of the truth. Lies are emphatically condemned in Scripture (John 8:44; 1 Timothy 1:9-10; Rev. 21:27; Rev. 22:15).

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” —Jeremiah 17:9 KJV

The 9th commandment to the Israelites is,

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” —Exodus 20:16 NKJV

“Lying lips are an abomination to Yahweh,But doers of faithfulness are His delight.” —Proverbs 12:22 LSB

“You destroy those who speak falsehood;
Yahweh abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.” —Psalm 5:6 LSB

The Book of Proverbs says,

“An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.” —Proverbs 14:5 NIV

“…better is a poor man than a man of falsehood.” —Proverbs 19:22b LSB

Paul urged the Colossian Believers to always tell each other the truth,

Do not lie to one another, since you put off the old man with its evil practices” —Colossians 3:9 LSB

Paul warned his friend Timothy of future deceits and lies,

“…the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron…” —1 Timothy 4:1-2 NASB

The end for unrepentant liars

Many people are continual, habitual liars—loving to lie and practice deception. The Book of Revelation reveals that these people will be excluded from Heaven.

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the authority to the tree of life and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the sexually immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. —Rev. 22:14-15 LSB

Scripture prophecies the end judgment for unrepentant liars who reject Christ,

“For the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” —Revelation 21:8 NASB

“Outside [of Heaven] are… everyone who loves and practices lying.” —Revelation 22:15 LSB

Satan, The Great Deceiver and his Kingdom of Lies

Jesus Christ said of the Devil,

“…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” —John 8:44 NASB

Scripture calls Satan “the deceiver of the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). The book of Revelation also speaks of…

“…those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie…” —Revelation 3:9 NASB

Streaming video— 
“John MacArthur: The Kingdom of Lies”
Dr. John F. MacArthur Jr., pastor of Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, California), chancellor and founder of The Master’s Seminary and The Master’s University
Length: 11 minutes

Lies recorded in Scripture

Truly BIG LIES, so huge that they strongly adversely affect millions or billions in our present world

(partial list, with more planned later)
  1. Man and the universe developed into existence on their own through some “scientifically” explainable processes.

  2. There is no Creator; God absolutely does not exist. He is a figment of human imagination.

  3. There is no clear evidence for a divine being, therefore no such being probably exists, although one can’t be absolutely sure. Based on everything humanity knows, it seems best to live our lives with the assumption that no god exists.

  4. If there is a Creator of some kind, this being is unknowable and clearly not involved or concerned with us—our behavior, our distress, our success or anything else. We are strictly on our own, so behave accordingly.

  5. The Earth, including every human, is merely a tiny, insignificant, meaningless speck in a vast universe governed only by time and chance.

  6. Humans are merely animals; therefore, do whatever seems best to insure your survival and your personal pleasures and success. If there is any meaning in human life, that is it.

  7. There is no ultimate right or wrong; there is no such thing as sin or God’s laws to be obeyed—these are merely concepts developed by Jews and Christians to control behavior to their liking. At most, right and wrong are fluid concepts of different societies and times. There are no true absolutes.

  8. Having casual sex with someone is no big deal.

  9. Sex = Love

  10. All too often, the 3 word claim, “I love you.”
    —falsely uttered by millions each day, consciously or unconsciously

    “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” —1 John 3:18 NASB


    • What is BIBLICAL LOVE? Answer

    • What is TRUE LOVE in a relationship? Answer

  11. There is no Divine punishment for evil deeds.

    • What is the FINAL JUDGMENT? and WHAT do you need to know about it? Answer
    • HELL: Fact or Fiction—Is it an actual place? Answer
    • How can a God of love send anybody to Hell? Answer
    • What if I don’t believe in Hell? Answer

  12. When you die, you just wink out of existence. You cease to exist.

    • What is ETERNAL LIFE? and what does the Bible say about it?
    • What is ETERNAL DEATH?

  13. I’ll probably be okay after I die, without repenting and becoming a born again follower of Jesus Christ, afterall God is love.

    • About God’s love and an answer to the questions: What is the true nature of God’s love? Is it biblically accurate to say, “God hates the SIN, but loves the SINNER”?
    • Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer

Hebrew and Greek words

Hebrew words in Scripture translated as “lie” or to be a “liar”
אכזב —transliteration: akzab
בּד —transliteration: bad
כּזב —transliteration: kazab
כּחשׁ —transliteration: kachash
שׁקר —transliteration: sheqer

Greek words
ψευδής —transliteration: pseudes (meaning: liar or false)
ψεύστης —transliteration: pseustes (meaning: liar)

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Article Version: August 30, 2023