Is it ever okay to lie?

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(12) Aliza Naiman, February 8, 2010 1:30 AM

whenever he lies his nose gets longer.Don't lie!

this is very cute.

(11) zahava, November 26, 2009 10:28 PM

Truth Of Pinnichio

A while ago, I read an article somewhere that said when someone lies, their nose gets itychy.. Thouight I'd like to add that

(10) Bud, July 5, 2009 6:59 AM

The truth *IS* wrong :-)

Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler is known for his book ‘A Letter from Eliyahu’, published in English under the name ‘Strive for Truth’. Yet, the “truth” by Dessler is not what one would learn in logic class. He explains how “in the beginning of our education” we understood that ‘truth’ was when someone told the facts, while ‘lie’ was when the facts were changed. Then he explains how this is only one way of putting things. A better way – according to Dessler – would be to define ‘truth’ as something that brings us closer to “God’s will” and define ‘lies’ as things that help the “Devil’s business”.

(9) Betsy, July 3, 2009 9:13 PM

good ole disney

the subconscious, according to freudian psychology, sees the nose as a phallic symbol. this movie, in my opinion, actually encourages boys to lie by implying something really good will happen when they do!

(8) Meir Stone, July 1, 2009 2:56 PM

When the Truth is wrong

Yerushalmi Berachot 94 b "Rabbi Yonah said in the name of Rabbi Yose ben Gezirah all chatter is bad but all Torah chatter is good. It is also said All lies for the sake of peace are good but lies that help you to do evil are bad." Roul Wallenberg lied to the Germans he would claim that a Jew had a sister in Sweden and was under the protection of the Sweedish crown... That was a good thing!!

(7) Patty Ann Smith, July 1, 2009 12:24 PM

To lie or not to lie

Any kind of liying seems to grow, so i believe their is no such thing as a little white lie to help the situation your in. God hates lying so much that he he puts it in Proverbs 6:16 twice as the seven things he hates!, , once for bearing a false witness and the other for just pkain lying!. Know lair shall enter into the Kingdom of God, for satan is the father of all lies! I believe that is what is going to make heaven ,heaven right now I never know who is telling the truth !.

(6) Anonymous, July 1, 2009 2:28 AM

The Fairy is needed to cast the same spell on Barack Obama

Should there be a real Fairy to cast a similar spell on Mr. Obama, so the people, who are "blind" realize how obvious his lies are. Perhaps they will start demanding: "Where is the birth certificate, Mr. Obama?." History will make the truth come into the light. I just hope it is not too late!

(5) eugeno, June 30, 2009 9:28 PM

What's the intention of the statement, towards good or evil?

If a statement has its intention as a greater good, it's OK, to pursuit goodness. If I'm captured, and I tell the enemy the platoon is located in the east when they are really in the west, I'm doing a mitzvah. However, if I tell the whole truth and tell the enemy the platoon is in the east, and the platoon gets attacked, then the truth has created an evil outcome. One can't look at the tip of the iceberg, the word "lie" and come to a conclusion without looking deep into the matter.

(4) Anonymous, June 30, 2009 5:06 PM

lies are part of being human

lies are part of being human...sometmes used to protect ones the meal is delicous as you race to the bathroom to throw up...or to save someone from being hurt...lies as long as they are not deceitful are acceptable in most cultures or human thoughts...but don't over use it or abuse it because one can lose their credibility.

(3) Anonymous, June 30, 2009 4:37 PM

It isn't lying that's wrong - it's using lies to hurt people.

If a murderer barged into your house demanding to know where your loved ones were so he could attack them, and you knew he would attack you if you outright refused to answer, wouldn't the only moral thing to do be to point him in the wrong direction and then call the police? I don't believe a lying to someone who intends to use the truth to do harm is a moral evil in any way. It's keeping the truth from people who deserve to know, or who need the truth in order to do good, that is dubious. Similarly, it might be wrong to tell your friend that his dancing is awful to the point of being horrifyingly embarrassing if he wants to enter a competition, because the blunt truth might hurt him, but it's not right to say he's great, either. It's the results of our words, the effect of our words on other people, that are important - NOT how "technically true" they might be.

(2) Jennifer, June 30, 2009 3:22 PM

Lie? No.

The problem, Loo, with lying, is that it can come back to haunt you. If a hostess asks you if like a certain food, and in reality you hate it, but say that you like it, you may find yourself eating that food for several more meals with the thought that "my guest said he liked it." Better than lying is to be extremely tactful with an answer. If you hate a food you're served, and the hostess asks if you like it, there are many vague answers you could give, such as "This is different. I'm not used to this kind of food." A smart hostess will understand, yet you've saved her the embarrassment of having someone say he doesn't like what she served. Another one: If someone asks you if you like an outfit that she's wearing, and you think it's the worst thing you've ever seen, be honest and say, "I actually prefer other outfits on you," or "I think other outfits are a bit more flattering." You're telling the truth without being mean or running the risk of insulting someone. If a person cannot handle even a very tactful answer, then the person has a problem (and should never have asked the question) and not you.

(1) Loo, June 29, 2009 7:21 PM

I'm going for the obvious answer- yes, as long as it's used to avoid insult.


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