We all know of Biblical author, Paul, advised the Christian to pretend you are a Jew if you are talking to Jews about converting to Christianity (1 Corinthians 9). That is, he advised, to lie to people if it advances your political goal.
I’ve wondered, then, what happens if one tells the truth and loses converts because of it? If Paul had said he was no longer a Jew and failed to convert Jews would that have been a sin?
In a more contemporary context, would it be a sin to tell the truth about abortion and gay marriage? Antiabortionisnts started a lie about my wife and I. They said I had ordered the Fargo Police Department to stop protestors from illegally blocking streets and sidewalks because my wife owned the abortion clinic. Would have been a sin for them to tell the truth?
It is often claimed abortions are dangerous, that they cause physical and mental harm. Statistics leave no doubt abortions in a clinical setting are a safe medical procedure. Apparently, anitabortionists feel it would be a sin to reveal this true fact so they do not.
Anti gay marriage Christians often say gay marriage harms straight marriage. The truth is straight marriages are not harmed by gay marriage . It, apparently, is a sin to tell the truth about gay marriage.
One can only conclude that to some Christians, following Paul, believe hiding the truth or telling a lie is what God smiles upon. Telling lies gets one into heaven.