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In the health careers, a Code of Ethics are important for every professional to comply by. Ethics help working individuals in all career fields understand the theories of what is wrong and right. As a health professional, when faced with some ethical issues, there are many resources to seek in dealing with these issues. One of the resources provided is God’s words, the Bible. The matter of truth and deception in the Bible is quite interesting, although the 10 commandments hold a law that states “thou shalt not lie”. There have been instances where some people have been punished harshly, dealt severely with for bearing false witness, both at the hands of God himself and humans, there have also been situations where non-truths were deemed as necessary, were just simply overlooked or looked to be signs of weakness.
Proverbs 12:33 states, “The Lord detest lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy”. As believers of Christ, we know the ninth commandment simply advise us on not lying. Lying is defined in the dictionary as, “a false statement made with intent to deceive, an intentional untruth; a falsehood.” Many individuals struggle with this ninth commandment Piaget states, “the tendency to tell lies is a natural and spontaneous tendency”. Lying is never justify whether the lie told was for a good cause. In the bible, we read on many stories that involves individuals lying and the consequences they received from the lies they told. In one of the chapter of Genesis, we learn from the readings about Abraham lies and Rahab lies in the chapters of Joshua.
Abraham’s role in the bible as the father of the Jewish nation seems to be a heavy and prestigious title to hold, He is highly favored by God and must have been a role model to all and held in high regard to those close to him as well. So, when we find out that a man of such caliber has to lie not only once but twice about his wife being his sister in order to protect their lives, it raises some eyebrows. Genesis 20:2 depicts the story of Abraham and how he lied to the king Abimelech, about Sarah being his sister. Abram was a man of God and it can be argued that in that moment he was scared and decided to say that Sarah was his wife because he feared for their lives. It is also mention in the bible that the Kingdom of Abimelech was a godless place and that did not hold marriage in high esteem. There are different accounts on the relationship between Abraham and Sarah some say they are half siblings and some believe that Sarah was the daughter of Abrahams brother therefore his niece. Guaranteed, Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister, but they were also married. Which leads me to question why Abraham would lie, knowing who the God he served was and what he was capable of, there shouldn’t have been any fear in his heart at all. Also, another reason why I question Abraham lie is; since he obeyed God’s voice and kept His commandments hundreds of years before Moses brought them down from mount Sinai, then surely those commandments must have been known to him and he definitely knew the consequences of being a false witness. But then again, Abraham was only human, regardless of how much faith he had, people get scared all the time and it’s probably how he reacted in his time of distress. Abraham also had the faith that God will bring his wife back to him, which is clearly seen in the fact that God did not allow Abimelech to touch Sarah and instead instructed him to send her back to Abraham.
Abraham’s induction into the Hebrews hall of faith is as a result of his unwavering faith in the Lord. This is seen throughout his life. Hebrews 11 in the “hall of faith” , we can only believe Abraham lived the rest of his life exemplary as he continued to live with God’s’ favor well into his old age, we can only imagine he prayed for forgiveness or was simply pardoned because of the life he lived and although he might never gotten to see the promised land but he had so much faith he was ever ready to obey God when he asked for his son Isaac as sacrifice with belief that he would be resurrected or God would find him an alternative; or simply just whatever it took to satisfy his God.
The accounts of Rahab are seen in Joshua, when Joshua sent spies to scout out Jericho. Rahab was a prostitute who believed in the message of the spies and decided to hide them because she did not want them to die. Rahab’s dedication of faith was what led to the deliverance of her family when the walls of Jericho came down. She, believed that the men sent by Joshua served a powerful God, she mentions Joshua and how they had heard that the Lord had delivered the other nations into the hands of the Israelites. While scouting the land for food and a place to settle, Joshua sends two of his spies to the close-by city of Jericho. Once they enter the city, the spies head to a tavern where they come across Rahab, a prostitute who is also listed in Hebrews 11 in the “hall of faith” and is viewed by many as a figure of great hospitality, patience. Men in the city saw the spies enter the tavern, the king of Jericho was notified and no sooner than later, men were on their trail. Rahab being as cunning as she was, hid the Israelite spies on her roof, and lies about them being there and leaving, committing treason and breaking one of the commandments all at once. When the spies are about to sleep, she tells them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea[a] for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.[b] When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below”. This verse indicate that she was scared and knew what the future held for Jericho. She strikes a deal with them and eventually ends up saving her family from the destruction that came with the trumpets. A couple of reasons why Rahab might’ve have lied but is still included in the “hall of faith” may be because, in the time of despair and need, when she realized all was going to be lost, God was the one she turned to, also although no sin is greater than the other, her lying saved the lives of the Lord’s servants, making way for a bigger plan that was already in motion seeing the Israelites into their promised land, hence gaining her favor in the eyes of the lord.
There are many biblical absolutes, commandments and guidelines in the Bible that are relevant to the stories of Abraham and Rahab. Isiah 5:20 states, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”. The word of God is as Holy as Him, it serves as an absolute for believers to live by and it is unchangeable or debatable. God has placed absolute as a guide for living a promising and fulling life. The Bible we read about good, evil, right, and wrong, these are all absolutes set by God. He has placed in the heart and mind of those who believe and know him these absolutes of right and wrong. I trust that Abraham’s deceitful acts and Rahab’s deception are justify because they lie to save lives of good people. The absolute in Rehab’s deception, her deception were not of harmful thoughts but of good faith. Though the lie was deceitful, she was able to save the people of God.
The stories of Abraham and Rahab are stories that Health Professional can face in their career fields. Many Health Professional are sometimes challenged with ethical issues and lying in these issues can lead to some serious consequences. Lying to your patient whether to save there is never justified in the health field. As a healthcare professional we are to tell the patients the truth so that the relationship between professional and patients are not weakened, there is a need to a sense of trust and rapport. When faced with some dilemmas, we have to remember the Word of God and caution ourselves before speaking. I believe it is also a good idea to seek God for answers and solutions.