I honestly can't accept dishonesty. You know you are hurting someone by not speaking the truth. Deep down it's also hurting you; people won't trust and they definitely wouldn't want to be your friend. And even if you're lying just to protect/help them, they won't see it that way when they find out. Either way, they probably won't forgive or trust you again. Might as well confess while you still have a chance. or you'll find yourself deeper and deeper in your lies!