Biblically speaking, "he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone." In that regard, perhaps nobody has room to chide Lance for his obvious lascivious lying. Yet, on the other hand, should society just "turn the other cheek" here? Lance's lies have caused grave damages and has slewn egregious slander to so many who, apparently, and even according to Lance himself in his Oprah-interview, were being truthful.
How forgiving will society be to such deceit on such a global scale?
Bill Clinton seems to be weathering his "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" debacle.
Likewise has history been quite kind to "I did not trade arms for hostages," Reagan; and "I am not a crook," Nixon.
But they were US Presidents ... will the nation show such grace for Alex Rodriquez, Pete Rose and now Lance Armstrong?
A lie is a lie is a lie, most will concede.
Of all the allegations the Roman and Jewish potentates slandered against Jesus, none were alleging he was a liar. Biblically, lying is equated to the most serious of crimes or sins -- right up there with murder and more serious than stealing or adultery for "he who loveth to make a lie."
• Proverbs 17:4
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
• Proverbs 19:22
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
• Proverbs 14:5
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
• Ezekiel 13:19
And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
• Psalms 120:2
Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
• Isaiah 59:3
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
• 1 Timothy 4:2
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.
• Proverbs 13:5
A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
• Psalms 101:7
He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
• Proverbs 17:7
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
• Proverbs 21:6
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
• Proverbs 19:5
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
• Psalms 40:4
Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
• Jeremiah 7:8
Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
• Psalms 52:3
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
• 2 Thessalonians 2:9
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders
• Psalms 119:163
I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.