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Deception – 28 April 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Have you noticed how entrenched deception is in this world? From TV commercials and situational comedies (“sit-coms”) meant to be “funny,” in which one person tricks another or lies to them, to an endless number of lures and gimmicks that human killers of other animals use in their sick obsessions that they euphemistically call “sports”: “fishing” and “hunting” – all this trickery and deception reminds me of the following Bible passage (Jeremiah 17:9-11):

9 "The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?

10 "I, the LORD, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man [woman] according to his [her] ways,
According to the results of his [her] deeds.
~ New American Standard Bible

Picture this scenario: “Professing Christians” die expecting to be welcomed by Jesus into Heaven. They may think that they have fooled God; but they are in for a big surprise. They’ve had fun killing God’s creatures and have taught their children their evil ways, yet they expect God to be merciful to them and even to reward them. But look at what Jesus says in Matthew 7:22-23: (Also Matthew 25:11-12)

22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'

23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'
~ New American Standard Bible

Those who try to justify their deceptions should also take a look at Psalm 52:

1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.

2 Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

3 You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right.

4 You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.

5 But God will break you down forever;
~ New American Standard Bible

Also Isaiah 5:20:

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
~ New American Standard Bible

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