Discussion Q20: A Time to...Lie?
Is a lie acceptable when it’s to keep someone safe?
I believe it is, depending upon the circumstances. If say, an abused woman takes refuge in your home and her husband comes to the door, I think it is perfectly fine to say you don't know where his wife is. You are acting out of love for her, not lying for your own benefit. The Ten Commandments don't actually forbid lying; they forbid "bearing false witness," which is spreading untruths to harm another person. Lying to harm someone or to make yourself look better is certainly not acceptable, but if it is to protect a vulnerable person, I think it is.
@susantm I totally agree! That distinction in the 10 Commandments isn't one most people mention much, but I always point it out. 😉
Is there a limit on ends justifying the means when it comes to lying?