This is not a theologically sound post – just some thoughts that came to me while reading.
“Google” gave me some interesting definitions when I typed in '”Lies vs White Lies vs Fibs.”
“Lie – a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive.”
“Fibs are lies without much importance and they are harmless.”
“White lies are used to avoid offending people, often avoiding realistic implications of the truth.
example: “That dress looks pretty on you.”
Fibs are childish/insignificant lies.example: “I didn’t take the cookie from the cookie jar. Steve did.”
All of us have told a “white lie.” - if you haven’t can you share your secret on HOW you haven’t. It’s not something any of us are proud of – we just do it.
Some of the most common “white lies” are:
- “You look just like you did in high school!”
- “Don’t worry, he won’t bite.”
- “I’m fine.”
- “Of course I remember you!”
- “This won’t hurt a bit – just a little discomfort.”
- “ The Doctor will be with you in a moment.” (however, I’m not sure this can be considered a “little” white lie!)
We often say things so we won’t hurt another’s feelings… Or maybe we just don’t have time to go into details so we glibly give a simple answer..
Whatever our reasoning we often rattle off an answer or give a simple statement that isn’t always the truth.
What are the most common “white lies” you hear? – or that you tell?