It’s just a white lie.  It’s not like I robbed a bank or killed someone.

Why are ethics so important – even the little things? If we view life as if there is no hereafter, short term, then I guess they’re not.  However, if we view life long term, where life after death is a reality, being unethical now is like cheating on a quiz so that you can pass it.  But in the end fail the class and get kicked out of school.   Heaven is eternal, is there anything you can get down here worth screwing that up?