My brothers and I were in the mood for a Jim Carrey movie yesterday and after scrolling through the list of titles, settled on watching ‘Liar Liar’ for the umpteenth time. Jim Carrey is simply brilliant as always makes every single moment of the movie enjoyable. If there are any of my followers who have not seen this movie, I encourage you to do it. 🙂
Watching the movie however posed a very good question. For those who have not watched the movie, Jim Carrey plays a very successful lawyer who wins by being an ace liar in court. Unfortunately his habit of lying extends well beyond the boundaries of the court room and ends up disappointing his son. When he breaks a promise to be there for his son’s birthday party, the boy makes a special wish – That is father would not be able to tell a lie for 24 hours.
And now the fun begins…
So what is the real premise for this article. There is a part of the movie when Jim is trying to explain to his son why he lies and in that moment, he says, “Everybody lies.”
Time for complete honesty. You lie. Don’t try to deny it. I’m not.. I’m sure I have lied; if not now, in the past, I have lied. We’re all walking around with pointy noses.
Ever bent the truth a little to flatter someone or avoid hurting their feelings? For whatever reason, selfish or not, you have lied. Now the question arises… Is that acceptable behaviour? Is that acceptable social conduct?
As a firm bible believing Christian, I’m reminded of the 10 commandments; one of which is, “Thou shalt not lie.”
We often believe that one harmless lie or bending of the truth can be justified. Truthfully as human beings interacting in normal society, we would consider this normal behaviour so long as the end justifies the means.
But as a Christian, I cannot support that, even though at times I feel that society expects it.
At the moment I have strived to be completely honest and remove any inclination to bend the truth, no matter what the reason. They say Honesty is the best policy. That certainly is a lie. I’ve gotten into more trouble by being honest. But as it stands in the world, anything Good will always be persecuted.
The movie Liar Liar shares with us great principle that telling the truth will not always get you what you want, but in the long run, will give you something far more valuable – Peace of mind. 🙂