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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