Bible Study Questions – The 8th Commandment
You shall not bear false witness
What does it mean to bear false witness? Name some examples
How did bearing false witness get us into the problem of sin we find ourselves in today?
Why do people lie?
What harm does bearing false witness do?
Can you name some problems that the world has seen by breaking this commandment in history?
Is this a problem we are having in this country? If so, how?
What does God have to say about bearing false testimony? Exodus 20:16; Deuteronomy 19:16-18; Proverbs 6: 16-19; Psalms 27:12, 35:10-12; Matthew 26:57-64; Acts 6:8-13; Colossians 3:9-10
Is lying ever justified? Ephesians 4:25-29
What about “white lies”?
What about the story of Rahab lying to protect the Israelites she was hiding? Was she blessed because she lied? Joshua 2:8-11; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25
What is the spiritual perspective of lying? Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 24:4-5; John 8:44; Romans 16:17-18; Ephesians 4:11-14
What is meant in the words “God of Truth?” Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 100:5; John 14:6, 17:7, 18:37
How would the world be different if everyone told the truth? Explain how you think the legal system would improve.
How does truth sanctify a person?
Why does God want us to have two or three witnesses as evidence before one accuses someone of something? 1 Timothy 5:19
What does this commandment have to do with honesty and integrity?
Why does God discourage us from swearing an oath? Matthew 5:34-37
Do you feel you could put away (stop) lying? How difficult would it be?
What are some ways to encourage telling the truth?