LIAR, LIAR (9 OF 10)

by James Merritt

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Liar, Liar (9 of 10)
Series: Homeland Security
James Merritt
Exodus 20:16


1.In the movie, Liar! Liar!, Jim Carrey plays the part of Fletcher Reid, a fast talking attorney and habitual liar. He is always lying to his son, Max, and he lied to him when he told him he would attend his fifth birthday party. When he didn't show up, as Max is blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, he has only one wish, ''that his dad would stop lying for twenty-four hours.'' His wish comes true and for twenty-four hours, this man can no longer lie. Every word that comes out of his mouth is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

2. Maybe someone should make that wish for most Americans, because we have literally become a lying society. Ninety-one percent of Americans lie regularly, both at home and at work, in answer to the question, ''Whom have you regularly lied to?'' Eighty-six percent said to their parents, 75% to their friends, 73% to siblings and 69% to spouses.

3. The Institute of Behavior Motivation has found that 97 out of 100 people tell lies - and they do it about 1000 times a year. Three thousand people took a Readers Digest Poll and 63% of them said they called in sick when they really weren't ill, 77% admitted that they had lied to friends or family members about their appearance so they wouldn't hurt their feelings and 37% had downloaded music from an internet site without paying for it.

4. The truth of the matter is we are all liars, both by nature and by choice. Psalm 58:3 says,
''The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born speaking lies.'' (Psalm 58:3, NKJV)
We've come up with so many creative ways to lie. We simply deliberately tell an untruth or sometimes we tell a half-truth. Sometimes you can lie without even saying a word.

5. I heard about a teenage boy, who was supposed to be home at midnight and he came in at two o'clock in the morning. Everyone was asleep and he wa ...

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