Will God punish you for telling a white lie, in order to avoid revealing sensitive information, being taken advantage of or hurting someone's feelings. Here are a few examples in my life when I have told white lies. What would you have done in these situations?
In fourth grade, I had a friend named Tiffany. I used to love making bracelets with colorful beads back then, and she asked me to make her one. I agreed to do so. About a week later, she approached me and asked if I could make her another bracelet. She said that she lost the original bracelet. I agreed to make her a second bracelet. A week later, she claimed that she lost the second bracelet and asked if I could make her a third bracelet. I told her that I couldn't because I lost my bead collection. (which was untrue) If I had told her the truth, she could have gotten mad at me and Lord knows what she would have done.
Stealing a co-worker's ideas is quite common in the workplace. Hence, if someone asks me if I had an idea for a project, I usually say that I'm not sure and that I'm still thinking about it. I've had it happen when I gave my idea beforehand, and someone else ran with it. So now I say that I'm not sure.
Women like to ask other women if they've had plastic surgery or are wearing makeup or hair extensions. People have asked me many times if I'm wearing makeup or hair extensions. In my opinion, this kind of question is extremely personal. However, I don't want to come right and tell them to "mind their own business." In the past when people asked me such questions, I usually just smiled at them and quickly changed the subject (usually started discussing the weather). Is it okay to continue doing so?
Finally, can white lies send you to Hell?