A lie can have an egregious impact on the person who told it and those who believed it. Do not postpone true contrition. In the community or in the legal arena, being a liar can have serious consequences. In your private life, carrying deception can cripple your progress in life.
Why make a false confession?
One may deliver a false confession with the intent to protect themselves or a loved one from some perceived harm, danger or punishment. Realize that every action has a reaction. Lies imprison the mind and spirit of the liar. You are creating emotional harm and developing a spiritual hold that changes the character and binds the spirit stronger than any prison bars.
Inner turmoil and conflict arises from lying. Guilt can pervade the entire life of the liar. The effort to hide the offense and live with it is all consuming. Try to push 100 pounds of dirty laundry into the closet and force the door shut. It’s not going to be easy. You may hide it but it’s going to really stink. You’ll always worry about that door being opened and everything coming out.
What may seem like the answer at the time only prolongs the agony of carrying guilt around until the truth is revealed. Depending on your own sense of conscience, lies can be a heavy burden for anyone to carry.
A false statement that is intended to defame another person or escalate oneself is likely to backfire. When the truth is uncovered the character of the liar who made the false accusation will be in perpetual ruin. Any lie could make things worse than the actual offense because lies only exacerbate the problem and obscure the solutions.
Do False Confessions ever work?
The lie will not mitigate the extent of the offense or diminish the consequences. An inveterate prevaricator is despised and never trusted. What is intended to help another person can have disastrous results for both the liar and the intended benefactor.
If the other person is aware that you have made this inaccurate confession for them their sense of guilt is likely to increase rather than be abated by your misguided actions. They could feel they have made you complicit in their sin.
A false confession betrays true contrition. Any slight feeling of relief at not having to face the consequences of your actions right away because of a false confession will be overshadowed by the impending consequences that have just been postponed.
Never choose to lie. Strive to be forthright. Consequences will follow deception. Even cheating on your tax documents is making a false confession. Think about it.