The most Holy Bible alerts us: "Now the serpent was more subtle [= more cunning] than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made." [Genesis 3.1]
Being subtle, cunning, being a serpent, is kind of lying in the dark; and it's neither a virtue nor being intelligent. It's only being loathsome, snakily, deceitful. Satan-like: serpentine! A snake in the grass. Judas Iscariot was a snake and a liar, and he's now in Hell, never to be released. Judas knew what the truth was, it's just that it didn't suit his lust for ungodly pleasures.
Jesus tells us, as He once told Judas, that the first step towards Hell, is the first lie.
"Very often," Jesus tells us, "men can really tell lies better than Satan."
Men, whoever they may be, without exception, without exception, without exception, who "deny the truth to make iniquitous lies into truths" become "lucifers." [says Virgin Mary] This happens particularly in many legislatures around the world, to the joy of the many mighty ants therein, who fancy themselves being superior mighty mice... in their dreams.
And Isaiah warns us:
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" [Isaiah 5.20]
Before the first coming of Jesus Christ, God, the Hebrews were the only ones on earth who had overt knowledge of the true only God. Yet, there were instances when they turned away from God, sinned, and so were punished, e.g. when they had to walk and live in the desert of Sinai for forty (40) years as punishment. But God did not entirely abandoned them.
And the most Holy Bible tells us of yet another divine chastisement:
"And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty  years." [Judges 13.1]
The ancient Philistines were brutal oppressors of the Israelites, brutalising and killing them at will. The ancient Philistines worshipped Dagon, a pagan god chiselled out of stone or wood by men - by men creating gods. Ha.
Samson and Delilah figure in all this; and how mighty Samson was deceived by 'his neighbour,' conquered by 'his neighbour,' by the Philistine beauty, Delilah: by her deceit, lies, carnal lust, fornication, and by her beauty. Samson turned towards canal pleasures, turned away from God, and thereby came to lose his strength and God, and so became helpless and a captive of the Philistines. [Judges 13-16]
The world today, too, doing relentless 'evil in the sight of the Lord,' seems to have been delivered into the hand of the 'Philistines' of a sort - the corona virus and its variants - brutal oppressors, oppressing men and killing them at will. And additionally slowly debilitating their national economies. For how long, for how many years, I have no idea. Calling the virus 'covid' is stupid - a minimising deceit - but in line with humanity's deceitfulness and stupidity and stubbornness in not admitting that the corona virus plague is a divine chastisement, a merciful call to repentance and to a change in the way men live on earth, away from sin. God is the Boss, the only Boss, the Supreme Boss. Not man!! Not the mighty ants or mice of the world. Rejecting God, Jesus, constitutes a rebellion similar to Lucifer's, and so it means accepting Satan as god and consenting to live eternally in his Abode, everlasting Hell, as all the fallen angels did.
I have long said that the corona virus plague was a divine chastisement. And relatively recently, according to a respected erudite French microbiologist and Nobel Prize winner, he said that it is the vaccinations that were producing the variants to the corona virus. Most governments, [expletive deleted], are lying through their teeth to the people, beguiling the people, leading the people into a false sense of security without God, with only the false gods of the world, gods and the world that one day will be extinguished into nothing after the Last Judgement by Jesus Christ-the-Judge, by Christ King of Tremendous Majesty.
Governments around the world, rejecting the true only God, the God of the Bible, have resorted to vaccines as their gods, and have forced the people to follow suit, with sanctions.
With fake news, voter fraud, and other similar stench smothering the world, with some men calling themselves women [= contrary to Deuteronomy 22.5] and demanding to use women's toilets and to participate in women's sports; with some legislators becoming snakes or lucifers by proposing or enacting human laws contrary to God's Commandments, with some clergy and many others degenerating into supporting degenerate codes of living contrary to what's stated in the most Holy Bible, and with some men being punished or persecuted on earth for telling the truth, with deceit via bribery and payola being widespread than ever before, and on and on, perhaps it might now be opportune to state what Jesus has to say about bearing false witness. Jesus is Truth.
We must never forget, that a temporary pleasure on earth, is not worth an eternity of unbearable pains and sufferings and tortures in the everlasting flames of Hell.
God's immutable eighth Commandment stands tall, commands men unambiguously:
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."
Pursuant to the vision that Jesus gave to holy mystic and 'victim soul,' Maria Valtorta - the "pen of Jesus," she being an invisible observer therein:
Preaching in front of a crowd circa 31 A.D., Jesus says to them:
« Peace to you [= the mainly Jewish crowd before Him, listening to His sermon] all.
« It is said [= eighth Commandment]:
« " You shall not bear false witness. "
« What is there more nauseating than a liar? Can we not say that he joins cruelty to impurity? Of course, we can.
« A liar, I am talking of a liar in grave matters, is cruel. He kills a reputation with his tongue. So he does not differ from a murderer. Nay: he is more than a murderer. A murderer kills only the body. A liar kills also a good name, the memory of a man. He [liar] is, therefore, twice a murderer. He [liar] is an unpunished murderer because he does not shed blood, but he [liar] injures the reputation both of the person calumniated and of the whole family.
« And I will not take into consideration the case of the person [a liar] who brings about the death of his neighbour by swearing false witness. The coal of Gehenna [= coal of Hell] is already piled upon such person. I am only talking of those who make false insinuations by telling lies and stir up other people against an innocent person. Why do they [liars] do that? Either  out of hatred, without any reason, or  out of greed to get what another man possesses, or  out of fear.
« [1 - lying out of hatred:] Hatred.
« Only a friend of Satan hates. A good person does not hate. Never. For no reason whatsoever. Even if he is scorned and damaged, he forgives. He never hates.
« Hatred is the witness that a lost soul [= a soul set for Hell] bears of itself and is the best witness in favour of an innocent man. Because hatred is the revolt of evil against good. Who is good does not need to be forgiven.
« [2 - lying out of greed:] Greed.
« " [The liar says to himself:] He [an innocent man] has what I [liar] have not got. I [liar] want what he [innocent man] has. But only by disparaging him [innocent man] I [liar] can obtain his position. And I [liar] am going to do it. Will I [liar] be lying? What does it matter? Will I [liar] be stealing? What does it matter? Will I [liar] ruin a whole family? What does it matter?"
« Of the many questions that the shrewd liar asks himself, he [liar] forgets, he wants to forget one question. This one:
« "And if I [liar] should be found out?"
« He [liar] does not ask himself such question, because a prey to pride and greed, he [liar] is like one whose eyes are closed. He [liar] does not see the danger. He is also like a drunk man. He is intoxicated with a satanic wine and does not consider that God is stronger than Satan and takes vengeance of the calumniated [slandered] man. The liar has given himself to Falsehood [Satan] and foolishly relies on its protection.
« [3 - lying out of fear:] Fear.
« Many a time man slanders to excuse himself. It is the most common form of falsehood. Evil has been done. We are afraid it might be found out as our deed. Then, using and abusing the esteem in which we are still held by other people, we upset the situation, and we saddle someone else, of whose honesty only we are afraid, with the evil deed we accomplished. We also do it, because at times our neighbour has been the unintentional witness of our evil action, and we want to be secure from his eventual witness.
« So we accuse him [slander him] to make him unpopular and thus, if he should speak, no one may believe him.
[This kind of slander was utilised by the scribes and pharisees against Jesus - Matthew 27.13, and against saint Paul - Acts 24.5. This slander-practice is also used by some devil-police, by the epithet: 'The suspect is known to police.']
« Behave properly! And you [crowd] will never need such falsehood. Do you not consider, when you lie, what a heavy burden you take upon yourselves? It is made of subjection to the evil spirit, of perpetual fear of being found out, and of the necessity of remembering the lie, also after years, in all the circumstances and details in which it was told, without contradicting oneself. The labour of a galley-slave! If it only helped to gain Heaven! Instead it serves only to prepare a place in Hell!
« Be frank.
« How lovely are the lips of a man who does not know falsehood! He may be poor, coarse, unknown? He is, is he? But he is still a king. Because he is sincere. And sincerity is more regal than gold and diadems, and elevates one above the crowds more than a throne, and procures a greater court of good people than a monarch has. Intimacy with a sincere man gives safety and comfort. Whereas friendship with an insincere person, or even to be near such a person, causes a feeling of uneasiness. Since the truth soon comes to light in a thousand ways, why does he who lies not consider that afterwards he will always be suspected? How can one believe what he says?
« Even if he [liar] speaks the truth, and who hears him wants to believe him, there is always a doubt:
« "Is he [liar] lying also now?"
« You [= the mainly Jewish crowd before Him, listening to His sermon] may ask:
« "Where is the false witness?"
« Every lie is a false witness. Not only legal ones.
[The so-called philosopher's 'noble lie,' is still a 'false witness.']
« Be simple, like God and a child.
« Be truthful every moment of your lives.
« Do you want to be considered good? Be truly so. Even if a scandalmonger should wish to speak evil of you, one hundred good people will say:
« 'No. It is not true. He is good. His deeds speak of him.'
« In one of the sapiential books it is said:
« " A scoundrel, a vicious man, he goes with a leer on his lips... Deceit in his heart, always scheming evil, he sows dissension... There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that his soul abhors:
« "  a haughty look,
« "  a lying tongue,
« "  hands that shed innocent blood,
« "  a heart that weaves wicked plots,
« "  feet that hurry to do evil,
« "  a false witness who lies with every breath,
« "  a man who sows dissension among brothers...
« " His own lips are to blame when the wicked man is entrapped. [Proverbs 12.13] A false witness is nothing but deceit. Lips that tell the truth abide firm forever, the tongue that lies lasts only for a moment. The words of a backbiter sound simple, but they pierce man's heart. The enemy brooding over treason is known by his speech. Do not trust him when he whispers, because he carries seven evils in his heart. He deceitfully conceals his hatred, but his wickedness will be disclosed... The man who digs a pit falls into it, the stone comes back on him that rolls it."
« The sin of falsehood is as old as the world [Genesis 3.12-13, Genesis 4.9, John 8.44] and the thought of the wise man concerning it is unchanged, unchanged is also the judgement of God on those who lie. I say: have only one language. May your "yes" be always "yes" and your "no" be always "no", also before mighty ones and tyrants. [Matthew 5.37] And you will receive great reward in Heaven for it. I say to you: be spontaneous like a child who by instinct goes towards him whom he [child] perceives to be good without seeking anything but goodness. And he [child] says what his own goodness makes him [child] think, without considering whether he [child] says too much and whether he [child] may be reproached for it.
« Go [= dismissing the crowd listening to His sermon] in peace. And may the Truth become your friend. »
Jesus is Truth: God, Son of God.
Saint Azariah, the guardian angel of Maria Valtorta says:
"... the fact that nowadays the heresy denying the Divine Humanity of the Second Person [= Jesus Christ] and making Him a simple man who is good and wise is vaster may be readily explained with this key: lack of love in the human heart, incapacity for love, poverty in the possession of love."
What comes to mind, now, is heresy. Is heresy a lie or is it much more - a sin against the Holy Spirit?
I prefer not to address this issue, and instead state what Jesus has said about heresies, viz.:
« The major heresies have contained two good things: first of all, they were originated by a faith.
« As erroneous as it may seem to you [men], as worthy of condemnation as you may think. But still a faith.
They [heresies] have thus had their martyrs, their tears, and their struggles to assert themselves, and upright souls have over the centuries embellished them with lights of holiness whose only disadvantage is to have blossomed on a wicked tree not grafted onto Christ.
« The second good thing about heresies is the loud noise produced by them, whereby whoever did not belong to them [heresies] knew how to act so as not to belong to them. The struggles with the Church and with States were an indication to [not fakes, but true Christian] Catholics; they [heresies] constituted a boundary beyond which one went only knowingly [and thereby sin with consent and onto the road towards Hell]. »
And what did Jesus say overall about temptation? "One is tempted without consent; but one sins with consent."
Relentless sinning degenerates society, that eventually results in disaster and war. [e.g. the once military 'Coalition of the Sinning' that spawned a new mass murderer that I once discussed elsewhere.]
Too many people wish to live without God, true. But it's also true, that the place where there's no God, is called, Hell, which is boundless. People who know that they are set for Hell, usually say that Hell doesn't exist, in order to calm their anguished soul that's fearful of what lies ahead for it.
In an urgent call to mankind to abandon sin, and to covert and return to Her Son, so said Virgin Mary, appearing as the Madonna of La Salette, on 19 September 1846, in prophecy:
"... Jesus Christ, in an act of His Justice and His great Mercy, will command His Angels to have all His enemies put to death. Suddenly, the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all those given over to sin will perish, and the earth will become desert-like."
Real Jewish prophet Isaiah has long given us a similar warning to Virgin Mary's, thus:
"Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
to make the earth a desolation
and to destroy the sinners from it.
For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
will not give their light;
the sun will be dark at its rising
and the moon will not shed its light.
I will punish the world for its evil,
and the wicked for their iniquity;
I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant,
and lay low the haughtiness of the ruthless."
"Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression... ", said real Jewish prophet, Isaiah. [Isaiah 10.1]
Sweet loving, adorable Jesus Christ continues to be, now and in eternity, true God and true Man.
Saint John says to us:
"Let those who blaspheme by saying that Christ was not true God and true Man cease to blaspheme out of mercy on their souls." [Implicit punishment not revealed.]
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
The foregoing is pursuant to the Gospel that Jesus dictated to Maria Valtorta, the Holy Bible, and my analysis.
All for the glory of Jesus our Lord God and Master.