Did you not know the character of the liar, and the character of the one sworn to tell only the truth?
Machiavelli said to not listen to the one who praises you. Those who praise you, your every thought and devotion are not your friend, are not good ministers. They are lying to benefit only themselves. A true minister will tell you if he believes you are in error, and a good king will not inspire a climate of fear, where ministers are afraid to speak.
There are two categories of people I am sure will lie to you: Christians and pro-choice women.
As to the latter I say, If a woman has no compunction against killing her own children, then she will have no problem lying to others. You would be a fool to get mixed up with one. This is the sort that will take you to court and bleed you dry. The best case scenario: You're bankrupted and keep your honor, and may be able to make another fortune. Worst case scenario: You're bankrupted and imprisoned and also lose your honor. Fret not over lack of evidence; juries love salacious stories and imprisoning innocent people.
As to atheists. I do not consider them much liars, but for different reasons. Atheists have no shame, but even more they lack any care for others. They will not lie to make you feel better or to make themselves look better. They really have no reason to lie. No matter the evil they commit they are quick to take credit and defend it, proudly. There is nothing so shameful to say, that it should not be said, that they will not say. Rather, the more shameful a thing to say the more likely they are to say! They proudly speak shamefully and therefore have no reason to lie but rather to flaunt their depravity honestly!
The Christians though are very paradoxic. These are among the worst deceivers you should meet. Why are you surprised? Ask them, "We are not under the law but under grace." If I confess to being a pirate, why are you distraught to be robbed? If I am known to be maniacal and devious, why are you confused when I defraud and abuse you?
Why are you deceived that a person who claims no law or constraint to morality should abuse and mistreat you?
I say if you respect the Mob, they will heed you.
I say if you respect your neighbor, he will heed you.
I say if you respect those who are lawless and claim no law, they will repeatedly defraud and incriminate you, to promote themselves.
Christians lie for different reasons. A strong motivation is they don't want to be made uncomfortable. They don't want to tell a person what they really think about them because it feels better for them, and to rationalize, I have hurt no one's feelings. Most people do not like to feel uncomfortable. They lie to you because it feels better than telling the truth and putting themselves in an uncomfortable situation. They also feel better to think they have morally guarded your feelings instead of hurting your feelings.
But, when the Christian is around other company, however, you can trust he lies about you. He will speak any nasty lie at the time that he can think of. There are different levels. One, a person can rehearse themselves to believe falsehood, by continually denying evidence to the contrary and repeating the same lie until they no longer can distinguish it from the truth. Others lie because they believe they are more broadly doing a service. For if one is accursed of God, then any lie that is spread about them only serves to deter God's cherished from being involved with that person. Therefore, to use their reasoning, if I lie and slander a man's reputation, I am doing a very noble act before God and the Lamb. Therefore, I must lie repeatedly.
Others believe that lies are only bad in terms of the evil which follows them. Therefore, if I lie for noble reasons, or I lie trusting that good effects will follow, and naturally I believe in the sovereignty of God and that all that happens is in His domain and made for good, then I trust that my lies all have very good effects according to established dogmatic precepts! Let my lies be unto God's glory, with honor and thanksgiving! I should even praise God by my lies, and that I should lie more regularly, more shamelessly and without compunction whatsoever! Our own most honest apostle Shaul tells us this!
So trust that when you deal with Christians, they will lie to you, rob you, and even murder you and believe they are doing God a service. We should commend them that they act to honor God! We should hate their actions and revile them openly for treacherous dealing. They have lied to promote their business toward God as being honorable and forthright. By their actions they execute treachery and dishonesty and with their mouths speak death.
You should beware of those who speak with popular support and approval. Like the evil minister, telling the king only what he believes he wants to hear, and such as will support his plans, the teller of untruths relies heavily on public approval of his lies. Ergo, he appeals to the bottom feeders, those who enjoy, like stupid dogs, to be scratched on their heads and behind the ears.
The people who tell the most truth are the ones who get in trouble the most for their mouths. They are those who are indicted for their speech, those who enjoy no popular support and are most probably the ones to suffer exile and banishing for their views. They cater to none, but Truth, and they don't offer a service satisfying the pedestrian notions of the common man. Their views push science, push society to the next era, and everyman of yore that you love and praise now was the enemy in his time!
"Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers! how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"
Now also be witnesses,
"Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them ye shall scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zechariah son of Berechiah, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation."
Now see that this is a basic problem with a broad class of men. Men like words that push no boundary, that say nothing new and say nothing that puts a fire under his pot. Prophets demanded action, they demanded that you surrender to the enemy. They demanded that you abandon your life and flee into the mountains. They called for radical change because in the face of war, the alternative was to die, or perhaps worse. They said you would lose your wars, they said your nation would be destroyed. They said your families would be murdered before your eyes.
And even when they did not speak about such imminent disasters, they said things that were not comforting at all.
And this ministry was not a comfortable ministry. They spoke with full knowledge of the result, that 99.7% would refuse to hear, and many of those would become imminent bodily threats, they would detest the speech so much.
The prophet was groomed repeatedly in youth, toward embarrassment, toward shame, toward the most hurtful ridicule man might endure without ending his own life. Then he was thrown out in the cold and tested repeatedly as to his grain. If he prevailed in truth, in speaking only that which he was commanded, never varying, adding or subtracting, he could prophesy to nations. If he transgressed he might be excused. If he profited to transgress, he'd be killed.
You tell this man the hounds of hell are unleashed on him and his family unless he turn from the One that sent him out, then release the hounds of hell! Release the greatest damnation you have, because I am no scoundrel nor will I go the way of the scoundrel!
How did God send these men out, with full faith in their ability to execute? It was because in their weakest defeated moment, they soared to do righteousness, when all else would abandon. Because they were defined in their tragedy and they were transformed. There was nothing they feared more than to defame the Almighty and become the object of His eternal scorn.
Hence, they never defamed His law, no prophet ever. One should fear to detest His law, for we did not author it to scorn it. I have no authorship in it to repeal it! There is but One who can repeal it and I am not He, nor do I envy His job!
Some of you have been taken by one that came in not by the door but by some other way. Jesus said that the one who came in not by the way was a thief and a liar. He told you, when He called you, that His sheep would hear His voice, and know His voice.
That man you claim, I do not know his voice, nor that of the one he heard. Although I will say, that voice knew well the words ascribed to Bacchus in Euripides' Bacchae. So perhaps I shall call it Bacchus who spoke, for lack of evidence.
I do not know his voice.
Paul going not by the way, but out the back like a fugitive fleeing justice
A young man, unlearned, believing the fate of his country is at hand, will let in the enemy. He will invite the enemy in. "The colonel will praise my great valor to deny his orders, as in my superior judgment I have adjudged its great purpose, and I will be hailed a hero!"
You may lose every man in your detail, or at best, you may be killed and the mission saved when the intruder is found.
I am under such an order. Believe not he who does not go by the door but goes up by some other way!
Those of you who teach a twisted unbalanced conception of grace start with a lie. You lie when you say your gospel is not amoral and that it is moral, and then you lie for very different reasons after this.
But you lie and I know you lie.
You go by this horrid distinction, Christian under a new covenant, a covenant never established by a prophet or intercessor but established in a metaphor drawn out in Hebrews, that is a confused notion of what a covenant is, details, or maintains.
You are liars and until you stop lying I will never stop calling you liars.
I will forever slay your doctrines, your orthodoxy, because I hate your system and what it means. Your orthodoxy said to turn your face to murder done in its name, to save its system. It said to turn your face from child molestation to save the system. You could not admit to the most egregious wrongs because it was tacit with many prior assertions. When you asserted it was faultless, therefore it was theologically perfect, therefore it was essential, therefore all subsequent assertions depend therefore on the last and our basic integrity cannot be questioned, it was by design that it could never acknowledge its wrongdoing without destabilizing some or all of its fundamental teachings.
Many of you defend much less, but defend it.
Why are you surprised when they lie to you? They have told you what they are.