falsehood

The OT Decalogue does not contain any prohibition of lying—but there are many terms in which the evils of falsehood are denounced. It is a power of sheol, the infernal world (Isa. 28:15) and it is especially represented by idolatry (Jer. 10:14) and by false prophecy (Jer. 29:9) which leads people to their destruction. Falsehood is illusion.
In the NT falsehood is above all demonstrated in a refusal to accept the claims of Christ, who is the Truth (John 14:6) whereas the devil, among whose children the unbelieving Jews are numbered, is a liar and the father of falsehood (John 8:44).
According to Paul (Col. 3:9) falsehood is a characteristic of unredeemed persons, and in the gospels it is by engaging in false witness that the Sandhedrin is able to secure a conviction of Jesus (Matt. 26:59). In the epistles we encounter false apostles (2 Cor. 11:5) who assert themselves over genuine apostles, possibly teaching a form of Gnostic [[➝ Gnosticism]] doctrine or ethics. Perhaps even worse, there were those in the time of the early Church who were ‘false Messiahs’ or ‘Christs’, that is they imposed on the expectation of their social group by falsely claiming to be such a person (Mark 13:22; Matt. 24:24).

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  • falsehood — falsehood, falseness, falsity The three words, all to do with departure from the truth or what is true, have a considerable overlap in meaning and are sometimes interchangeable. Falsehood is the intentional telling of an untruth, and a falsehood… …   Modern English usage

  • Falsehood — False hood, n. [False + hood] 1. Want of truth or accuracy; an untrue assertion or representation; error; misrepresentation; falsity. [1913 Webster] Though it be a lie in the clock, it is but a falsehood in the hand of the dial when pointing at a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • falsehood — I noun canard, commentum, deception, dissimulation, distortion, distortion of truth, equivocation, evasion, fabrication, false assertion, false statement, falsification, falsity, falsum, fiction, flam, fraud, fraudulence, inaccuracy, intentional… …   Law dictionary

  • falsehood — late 13c., falshede, deceitfulness, also a lie, from FALSE (Cf. false) + HOOD (Cf. hood) …   Etymology dictionary

  • falsehood — untruth, *lie, fib, misrepresentation, story Antonyms: truth (in concrete sense) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • falsehood — [n] lie canard, cover up, deceit, deception, dishonesty, dissimulation, distortion, equivocation, erroneousness, error, fable, fabrication, fakery, fallaciousness, fallacy, falseness, falsity, feigning, fib, fibbery, fiction, figment, fraud, half …   New thesaurus

  • falsehood — ► NOUN 1) the state of being untrue. 2) a lie …   English terms dictionary

  • falsehood — [fôls′hood΄] n. [ME falshod: see FALSE & HOOD] 1. lack of accuracy or truth; falsity; deception 2. the telling of lies; lying 3. a false statement; lie 4. a false belief, theory, idea, etc …   English World dictionary

  • falsehood — /fawls hood/, n. 1. a false statement; lie. 2. something false; an untrue idea, belief, etc.: The Nazis propagated the falsehood of racial superiority. 3. the act of lying or making false statements. 4. lack of conformity to truth or fact. 5. Obs …   Universalium

  • Falsehood — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Falsehood >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 falsehood falsehood falseness Sgm: N 1 falsity falsity falsification Sgm: N 1 deception deception &c. 545 Sgm: N 1 untruth untruth &c. 546 Sgm …   English dictionary for students

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