Is It Good If Your Child Lies to You?

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A recent article in The New York Times argues that if your child is lying to you, that’s a good thing! The article even quotes one psychologist who claims that if you discover your young child lying, you “should celebrate,” and if your child “is lagging behind, don’t worry: You can speed up the process” by using games to turn “truth-tellers into liars within weeks.”

So why would you want your child to lie to you? Well, apparently, it’s a sign of intelligence and of a high verbal IQ. It’s also a sign the child can see the world through other’s eyes. But you know what else lying is? A sin and something Scripture expressly forbids over and over again.

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. (Proverbs 12:22)

A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will perish. (Proverbs 19:9)

Do not lie to one another. (Colossians 3:9)

During yesterday’s episode of Answers News, our twice-weekly live news program streamed over Facebook Live, Dr. Georgia Purdom, Bodie Hodge, and Avery Foley of AiG discussed this news item, as well as several others. They shared that this is a clear example of what Isaiah describes—calling good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20). It’s an attempt to normalize a sinful behavior and to encourage parents to help their children sin.

And remember, once a culture abandons a foundation in an absolute authority, then there’s really no such thing as “truth” or “lying,” because all is relative!

I encourage you to watch the episode to hear them discuss this item, as well as many others.

Join us every Monday and Thursday at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) for Answers News on my Facebook page or find each episode archived on our YouTube channel.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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