Allegory for Jesus
Christians have every reason to lie if it furthers their religion, because they are forgiven for their missteps by accepting Jesus, according to same religion. Atheists, however, know that we are accountable to other human beings and misbehavior that can result in problems for other people is not offset by the possibility that our "transcendent source of morality" doesn't really give a fuck about that particular infraction. Lying is consistent with secular morality only if it is truly without negative consequence, and this is rare. Lying is by no means impossible for a Christian, and it is DEFINITELY not a rarity from them.
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