So this is a spin off of another recent thread of mine, and here it is: forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=911404
There were a lot of people saying here that it would be a sin to tell your friend you liked her present when you really didn’t… because it would be a “lie” and lying is “always sinful.”
While I respected these good people’s views, I was honest and said that I cannot agree with that. I simply cannot accept that God would be offended and upset with me for having told my friend I liked her gift. I will continue to think about it and pray about it, but as of right now, I cannot think God would be so legalistic as to count it against a person for technically having “lied” by telling a generous friend that they liked a present which they did not like.
So I was curious, are there a lot of folks here who would also say it’s a sin to tell their four year old that Santa brought xmas presents? Or is there some sort of difference in your eyes? If so, what is it?
(note, I am not asking you if you like the idea of santa clause, or if you think it’s good… im asking if you legitimately think it is a sinful lie to tell your kid Santa is real. i dont want this to turn into a santa debate, im simply interested in the principle of lying itself.)