Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Non-Disclosure

Heard Hank "The Bible Man" H. deal with Rahab's lie last night on his radio program, and this afternoon I heard Robert Jeffress deal with the 9th commandment in a radio sermon, during which he addressed Rahab's lie.

Two different opinions.  Jeffress says Rahab lied, and it was wrong; in Hebrews 11, she was not commended for her lie; she was commended for her faith.  Hank says Rahab was not guilty for the untruth she told because it was right and good for her to do so in order to comply with a higher-level good, that of preserving life (the spies).

I remember one of my college professors saying that, in extreme situations, failing to tell the truth to those who don't deserve the truth is not morally wrong.  An example would be someone demanding to know where your wife and children were in order to do them harm, or Nazis banging at the door demanding to know if you are housing Jews.  Others, however, would argue that you should always tell the truth when you answer, trusting in the sovereignty of God to protect others (the spies, your wife and children, the hidden Jews).

Andrew heard both of these radio guys along with me and asked which I agreed with.  I told him that when push comes to shove, I don't think I would tell anyone where he was.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD!
Dear Kent,
There is an old saying -- you've probably heard it -- "All is fair in love and war." And from a Scriptural standpoint it seems to be true.
* First, true love that is honorable, respectable, decent and in every way holy has no law of man or God against it. None. God Himself is Love, according to Scripture (1 John 4:7 & 8).
* Secondly, God blessed the Hebrew midwives in their report to Pharaoh as to the reason why they were not killing the male Hebrews. God provided houses for them, the Scriptures do clear teach (Exodus 1:17-21).
* And God also instructed Joshua to put the city of Ai into ambush, which in international war is nothing short of a clever trick, i.e., deceit, no less. So this tactic has been used for centuries, Kent. I encourage you to again read Joshua chapter 8, but especially review the following from that text: "15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.
16 And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.
17 And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.
18 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city.
19 And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire.
* This, indeed Kent is nothing short of an ambush, which is deceit in form. And, of course there are other places in Scripture where the Lord instructed His people in such situations. In 1 Kings 22:22-24 the LORD sent a lying spirit to DECEIVE Ahab to death. And in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 the Lord will send Anti-Christ to deceive the world to their physical and eternal fate of death.
* Note that the Commandment to not bear false witness AGAINST thy neighbor is for purposes of peace (Proverbs 3:29). If we take the "false witness" idea to be literally to mean ALL DECEIT, then we could never play a basketball game or a football game, nor hockey or ..... on and on and on it goes. But criminally-minded people have already stepped away from all the reciprocal graces of genuine love and compassion. And I believe that in such a state the criminally-minded have deprived themselves of ALL OF LOVES GOOD GRACES -- including TRUTH in all its beautiful forms. (Compare Proverbs 29:24 with the following verse from Proverbs by the wisdom of Solomon: "Psalm 11:5
The LORD loves the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his soul hates"
--Dad