What Does the Bible Say About Cheating?

The word “cheating” is not in the Bible, but the principle of fairness is clearly taught in it. When a person cheats, that person is lying. The Bible teaches that all “liars will be cast into hell.” This is very serious.

When a person cheats, that person is breaking the Ten Commandments.

1. Such a person is stealing. You are taking that which belongs to someone else and using it for your own selfish ends.

2. Such a person is bearing false witness. This is called lying.

3. Such a person is coveting. That is, wanting that which belongs to someone else.

4. Such a person is dishonoring his/her parents. Cheating brought disgrace to the family name.

5. Such a person dishonors God. Cheating is an act of rebellion against God.

6. Such a person commits murder. Cheating kills all the good things a person could do if he/she would develop his/her own talents and abilities.

7. Such a person is using God’s name in vain. We are made in the image and likeness of God. When a person belittles himself/herself through cheating he/she is belittling God.

It does not make any difference how many other people are doing it. Any advantages that are gained can be lost when the truth comes out. Also others can suffer great harm. For example, in the medical profession, a doctor must know what to do for his/her patient. To prescribe the wrong treatment could be fatal. If a person is counseling others with faulty information, much harm can be done.

Some good advice from the Bible would be of great help to us in this matter.

1. Proverbs 11:1 says, “A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is His delight.”

2. Proverbs 23:23 says, “Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”

3. In 1 Timothy 3:15 we are told the “church of the Living God is the pillar and ground of the truth.” See Ephesians 4:15 and 25.

4. In 2 Corinthians 4:2 we are told to “renounce the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to each man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

5. In John 4:23 and 24 Jesus tells us we are to worship God “in spirit and in truth.”

6. Jesus told religious leaders who were lying about their relationship with God that Satan was their father in John 8:44.

7. Jesus is recorded as saying “the truth will set you free” in John 8:32.

In summary, when we cheat others we are also cheating ourselves. We cheat ourselves of being all we can be in the Lord. It is hard to live with a liar. To cheat others is to lie to them. When we live the way God wants us to live, we can be at our best in all areas of our life. Others will love and respect us for our upright lifestyle and God will bless us in many ways. When you are tempted to cheat, think of the consequences. If you have been cheating God, others and yourself, are you willing to let God change you into an honest, upright citizen in His kingdom? Are you willing to do it today?

By Howard E Wright

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