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Lying

Certainly for an intelligent man death is better than sin, and a cut tongue is better than lying or calumny.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 265)


Certainly it is hard to think of a sin that does not require some kind of a lie to go with it.
(Marzieh Gail, Arches of the Years, p. 94)


Consider that the worst of qualities and most odious of attributes, which is the foundation of all evil, is lying. No worse or more blameworthy quality than this can be imagined to exist; it is the destroyer of all human perfections, and the cause of innumerable vices. There is no worse characteristic than this; it is the foundation of all evils.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 320)


If a doctor consoles a sick man by saying: “Thank God you are better, and there is hope of your recovery,” though these words are contrary to the truth, yet they may become the consolation of the patient and the turning-point of the illness. This is not blameworthy.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 320)


If the sum of all sins were to be weighed in the balance, falsehood would, on its own, countervail them; nay its evils would even outweigh them and its detriment prove greater. It were better for thee that thou shouldst be a blasphemer and tell the truth than that thou shouldst mouth the formulas of faith and yet be a liar.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Trustworthiness, p. 12.)


In another passage He saith: “Woe to every lying sinner, who heareth the verses of God recited to him, and then, as though he heard them not, persisteth in proud disdain! Apprise him of a painful punishment.” The implications of this verse, alone, suffice all that is in heaven and on earth, were the people to ponder the verses of their Lord. For thou hearest how in this day the people disdainfully ignore the divinely-revealed verses, as though they were the meanest of all things. And yet, nothing greater than these verses hath ever appeared, nor will ever be made manifest in the world! Say unto them: “O heedless people! Ye repeat what your fathers, in a bygone age, have said. Whatever fruits they have gathered from the tree of their faithlessness, the same shall ye gather also. Ere long shall ye be gathered unto your fathers, and with them shall ye dwell in the hellish fire. An ill abode! The abode of the people of tyranny.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Iqan, pp. 206-207)


It is not advisable to show kindness to a person who is a tyrant, a traitor or a thief because kindness encourages him to become worse and does not awaken him. The more kindness you show to a liar the more he is apt to lie, for he thinks that you know not, while you do know, but extreme kindness keeps you from revealing your knowledge.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 412-413)


It is very bad for the Cause to have a member of the Community, actively, in the public eye, teaching the Faith, and at the same time showing dishonest characteristics. We cannot possibly say that because a person also has many virtues, faults as grave as lying and dishonourable conduct regarding money, cannot be overlooked!
(Shoghi Effendi, Arohanui: Letters to New Zealand, p. 52)


Sincerity is to be admired, whilst lying is despicable. Faith is a virtue, and treachery is a disgrace to humanity. It is a blessed thing to gladden the hearts of men, and wrong to be the cause of pain.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 79)


The Bahá’í Teaching is that all the sins are on one side of the scales, and lying on the other, and that lying outweighs them all.
(Marzieh Gail, Arches of the Years, p. 94)


The tongue is the witness of My truth, do not pollute it with untruthfulness.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 133)


There are no secrets among Bahá’ís; a Bahá’í does not hide anything.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 97)


These natural impurities are evil qualities: anger, lust, worldliness, pride, lying, hypocrisy, fraud, self-love, etc. Man cannot free himself from the rage of the carnal passions except by the help of the Holy Spirit.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 92)


We cannot possibly say that because a person also has many virtues, faults as grave as lying and dishonourable conduct regarding money, cannot be overlooked!
(Shoghi Effendi, Arohanui: Letters to New Zealand, p. 52)


When we find truth, constancy, fidelity, and love, we are happy; but if we meet with lying, faithlessness, and deceit, we are miserable.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 65)


You are telling me to lie and bear false witness. Do with me as you please; I will not turn my back on what is right.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 163)


… falsehood, cruelty and treachery [are all torments]. All the imperfections are torments, but they are subtle torments. Certainly for an intelligent man death is better than sin, and a cut tongue is better than lying or calumny.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 265)