There are times that people actually lie to save a person from being hurt. If you told them the truth of what really happened or what a person really said this could do some real damage to this person. I know it is horrible to lie and to not be honest with yourself or others. But at times I don't see a way around it.
I do know when my youngest brother was so sick and at this time we weren't sure if he would make it or not, I had to lie to him about our grandmother who just died. It was not easy to sit there and lie to him about this or keep it from him. The doctors told me at this time if he was to find out in his state right now it would more than likely kill him. I had to make a hard choice to tell him that she died or to keep it from him and tell her she was fine. I made the choice to tell him she was fine. He did recover and was released from the hospital, but he never forgave me for telling him she was fine. Even though you try and explain the reason behind the lie, it is never forgiven.
Everyone has done this in their life and I don't think there is anyone alive who has never told a lie. There are just some people better at telling a lie than others. It is harder for some to lie and in my case, I still regret not telling him the truth today, but the doctors wouldn't allow me to do this.