Is there any situation/circumstance wherein lying is not a sin, such as telling jokes, keeping non-judicial secrets, playing games, etc? Related topic: https://ebible.com/questions/4975-is-it-right-to-lie-for-the-sake-of-politeness-to-keep-a-surprise-party-secret
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This is a very terrible situation. Richard Wurmbrand of Romania has confesed lying to save Christians from imprisonment for being Christians. When we lie we see it as breaking the command and will of God. But do we look upon a person who disobeyed parents or government for obeying the command of God as a sinner? No we dont. So I think God's will for a particular situation can be different from a general command. Any way it is difficuilt to answer.
There is a further consideration, and that is the law of love. In Matt 22: 39 & 40 Jesus said the second most important commandment is to "love your neighbour as yourself. All the law & the prophets hang on these two commandments" Therefore if telling the truth would violate this commandment we can lie with a clear conscience. Of course it is always a difficult question, because as the saying goes: "tell one lie & you have to tell two more to cover it up" where does it stop? If our motives are pure, it is up to our conscience. In general, Christian love "rejoices in the truth" 1Cor. 13:6.
I do not understand why people are so obsessed with the law of the Old Testament when we have the grace convenant. The greatest commandment is to love God and to love man.
In all things that we do, we must ask ourselves. Do these acts constitute to love or do they simply cause other people to hurt. If I lie to save a Christian from being beheaded by Muslims, does that constitute to love or hate?
Christ commands us to be wise. By handing over your fellow loved ones to murderers simply because you want to be truthful to these killers, you will not be acting wisely. Paul had to be smuggled out of the house otherwise, the Romans and the Jews were going to kill him.
In whose interests are you acting? Are your actions in God's interests or in the interest of Lucifer?
Peoples needs usually come before law. The Pharisees rebuked Jesus for His disciples picking corn on the Sabbath to eat. Jesus reminded them that David and his men ate the show bread in the temple because they were hungry. The Pharisees were many times using a lesser law to override a higher law. Stealing is against the law, but not feeding your family is worse than an infidel. Compassion and love are many times better than a minor law.
In Jewish tradition, the precedent for 'tact' - that is, omitting or softening truth out of kindness - was set by God in Gen 18:11-13. Sarah laughs because she is past the age of childbearing and Abraham is old, but when God asks Abraham about it, He omits the part where Sarah thought Abraham was old.
The Jews take that as God sparing Abraham's feelings out of kindness, and as such the rabbinical tradition is that tact is more loving and kind than frank admission, and as such lies closer to what God would want.