You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Today is known as “Christmas Eve.” This evening, some parents around the world will tell their small children that a man named Santa Claus will sneak down their chimney at night and place presents under a Christmas tree.
To many, this seems like a harmless custom that is fun for children. What could be harmful about this seemingly innocent myth?
The problem is, it is not true. The Bible teaches that lying (bearing false witness) is a sin. Telling untrue myths to children is never condoned in the Bible.
The Bible teaches that Christians are to put away lying: “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor” (Ephesians 4:25).
If you have perpetrated this lie on your children, it is time you reconsider and commit to speaking truth—especially to your precious children. Children are to be valued, and it is important not to treat them as an exception to God’s law against lying!
For one man’s personal experience with finding out the truth about the Christmas celebration, see “50 Years Without Christmas.”