Taking Deception to a New Level

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Something to beware of

According to Deb Reichmann, technology now has the capacity of making “deepfake” videos depicting leaders or celebrities as saying or doing things they never said or did (https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/article214178854.html).

Obviously, this could sway elections, ruin reputations, and create general havoc.

The article observes that once people are aware of “deepfake,” they will wonder if what they’re watching is real or contrived. It’s an uncomfortable position to be in.

Lies, lies, and more lies

Satan, whom Jesus called “the father of lies” (John 8:44), has been up to his deceptive tricks ever since Eden.

“You surely shall not die,” he assured Eve, causing her to doubt her Creator’s warning that eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would cause them to “surely die” (Genesis 2:17).

Eve took the bait and suffered the consequences.

Haven’t we all?

Masters of disguise

The Bible provides us with all the resources we need to keep from being duped by Satan.

Paul warns against “false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness . . .” (2 Corinthians 12:13-15a).

In other words, we can’t afford to believe everything we hear from the pulpit, from a religious leader, or from any book, tract, or media source purporting to teach the Scriptures.

How to spot spiritual counterfeits

Perhaps the best example of how to detect religious truth from error is to use the Berean approach. The Jews of Berea listened with an open mind to what Paul preached, but before they accepted it, they checked it against God’s “yardstick.”

“. . . they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:10-12).

As a result of their diligent study, they concluded that what Paul taught was indeed the truth.

So before buying in, check it out!

 

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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In the Final Analysis

 

No fooling!

While browsing in a South Dakota souvenir shop, I ran across some fool’s gold. The shopkeepers weren’t trying to palm this shiny stuff off on a gullible public. It was clearly labeled.

Properly labeled fool’s gold fools no one. It’s those deceptively packaged scams we must be so wary of.

While slick operators are out for our money, Satan is out for our souls (2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13-15).

Foolproof faith

Jesus warned of “false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15).

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

Let the buyer beware.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Lost No More!

When we lose something

Today I looked and looked for my keys. Finally found them—in the wastebasket!

In throwing away some yard litter, I inadvertently tossed the keys in with it.

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That sinking feeling that accompanies loss is anything but pleasant.

But until we discover our loss, we feel no distress, nor do we make any effort to recover what we’ve lost until we realize it’s missing.

When what we lose is of the greatest magnitude!

According to the Bible, most souls are lost (Matthew 7:14-15; Luke 13:23-24).

How many of them think they’re OK?

The Bible has a lot to say about being deceived.

Suggested reading: the Book of Acts. If we do what those early believers did to be saved, we will have what they possessed.

God’s plan still works—if we follow it!

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