“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” is the Ninth Commandment found in Exodus 20:16 (NKJV)
When character Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables races Gilbert Blythe in a bicycle race they exchange verbal volleys. One of my favorite quips from Gilbert is, “Liars never prosper.”
Those two characters are so cute together. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote a series of books about the orphan Anne coming to Prince Edward Island to live with the elderly Cuthbert siblings.
The characters in those books felt so real, I hated to finish reading their stories. My sister-in-law gave my oldest daughter the book, Anne of Green Gables many years ago and that was the first time I knew of Anne and Marilla and Matthew.
If you’ve never read the book, I may spoil the story here. One of the reasons Marilla decided to adopt Anne was the fact that she thought Anne might be a heathen, having never been taught how to pray.
Anyway, another popular saying I’ve always admired is, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive,” by Sir Walter Scott.
Once people catch us in a lie, we’ve lost credibility. They may never trust us again. As a child I heard the story of the boy who cried wolf. He got bored watching the sheep and so he cried out that a wolf was after his sheep. After many false alarms, the townspeople stopped believing him and when a wolf did show up, he didn’t get any help from them.
What a mess lying causes.