This documentary on Netflix about lying and deceitful habits is quite intriguing. It expresses well that all men lie (profusely!). It also is interesting to see the rationalizations that lie behind the act of lying and the different avenues that encourage people in their lies.
However, the flick has a glaring mistake: it denies that men are inherently evil. The producers are themselves self deceived because they proclaim that man is basically good. It should be obvious by their own overwhelming data that prolific liars like us are not intrinsically good (or even “basically” good). It is amazing that the video time and again say how bad lying is, yet will not admit the radical depravity that induces it.
It is interesting too that it highlights the use of God’s law as a civil restraint upon society. One part of their study has people recite the 10 commandments before taking the lie test. This recitation curbed immoral choices COMPLETELY, even among atheists and people of other religious adherence.
Unfortunately, as behaviorists (who think man is merely an animal who can be manipulated by mere environmental change) they believe they have the power to change men and manufacture a utopian society where cheating is virtually vanquished. This is perhaps their greater deception. It is the chief lie, for it indicates that they believe themselves to be God.
Man is not a mere animal. We are spiritual creatures who need moral/spiritual restoration. Only the Lord can fix the heart.
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