Can lies be used for the greater good?

I suggest that it is possible Jesus could have led people to believe he was the Messiah and performed a resurrection like a magician to solidify the ideas he taught.

Though, I am doubtful that Jesus outright proclaimed to be the Son of God*, he did certainly want people to draw that conclusion.  Does this make him a liar?

Are there examples of lies that are used for the greater good of society, or are all lies evil?

Are undercover police officers evil for deceiving criminals in order to help prevent them from harming society more than they already have?

Something to consider.


* for the most part, Jesus tends to avoid outright proclamation of being the Son of God except in the Gospel of John and in some translations of Luke 22:70.

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3 Responses to Can lies be used for the greater good?

  1. pinkagendist says:

    Interesting concept. Sometimes manipulation is necessary.

  2. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

  3. Strewth says:

    I think it’s likely, but wonder if that was meant to be. If Jesus meant to reform Judaism and felt death and resurrection eas the only means of achieving this, he could be willing to risk his life to make this seem so. Failure to survive would not mean failure of the project, and in the end achieve God’s will. Through his life and death we know wwe are loved, and knoe we can love others.

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