Lying may result in a good outcome, like the rahab spys' escape; but what about the liar's personal relationship with GOD? In effect the lie says "God, you are not able to handle this situation without me lying". It is a little like lying to your wife (for good results of course), and then having it affect your relationship.
Although it is not lying, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (better known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) faced certain death if they did not obey the king and worship his idol. They trusted God to provide for their protection in the face of a life-threatening choice. I contend that the same premise applies to anything that is sin. Trust God for His provision. If He, in His infinite wisdom, chooses not to extend your earthly life, then we can trust His promise in Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him".Living our earthly lives is not the ultimate goal (what is the ultimate goal? Sounds like another post). So if we think we have to sin (lie, steal, worship idols...) to extend our earthly lives, then we are missing the bigger picture.
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