The Truth About Lying

There have been a lot of stories in the news in recent times about lying.

From politicians in Washington to celebrities in Hollywood, you can find stories about people who are lying.

A neuroscientist did a study of the brains of people and found that when people lie, you can even map the blood flow differences in the brain between people who instantly tell the truth and those who choose to lie.

So why is there so much lying going on?

Actually a study done on lying in America found that in a given 24-hour period, most adults reported not telling any lies. The study finding that almost half the lies were made by just 5 percent of the participants.

The study found that most people avoided lying when they could.

But one researcher at Duke University says the “the dangerous thing about lying is people don’t understand how the act changes us.”

A University of College London study found that people who lie for their own benefit….start with little lies and get bigger and bigger over time.

And the Duke researcher offers this: “We as a society need to understand that when we don’t punish lying, we increase the probability it will happen again.”

With all this lying going on, a famous Biblical Proverb comes to mind: A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed. (Proverbs 19:9).

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