Bible Summary. The definition of deception consists of using a lie to promote something that is not of value. Someone that deceives is a scammer. The intent of deception is to exchange something of inferior value for something that is of value. From a Christian perspective it is the eternal things of God that provide the most value in our lives. We deceive ourselves and others when we value temporary, material things over spiritual things. Deception leads us away from God because God is the God of truth and He will not associate Himself with liars and deceivers. See below for Biblical commentary and scriptures on the definition of deception.
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Lying to Puff Up Things of No Value.
Examples of deception include changing your college transcripts to look better for a potential employer; giving money to the church for your own recognition instead of giving an offering to show God that you love Him; or pretending to be a doctor or minister when you do not have the capability to heal or minister to people. Job 13:4 advises us on how liars offer no value to others.
Job 13:4, “But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.”
Placing Hope In Temporary Things and Not In Things Eternal.
Another aspect of the definition of deception is that it is only temporary. A deception is only a deception until it is found out. It is temporary. On the other hand, truth is eternal. Many of us use deception to fool others as well as ourselves. Job 27:8 advises us that the gains that come from deception will kill our soul.
Job 27:8, “For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?”
Deception Leads Us Away From God.
When we are being untruthful to ourselves or others, we are separated from God. Deception involves being a false witness and to be a false witness is a sin. Truth on the other hand delivers us from sin and brings us back into harmony with God.
See Scripture Commentary: Proverbs 14:25 advises us on how the use of deception leads us away from God.
Proverbs 14:25, “A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.”
Deceivers Are Separated From God.
Deception is the same thing as a lie. Deception hides the truth. When we deceive people, God separates Himself from us. He will neither show His face nor listen to us when we are spreading deception. When deception is present there is no justice, nor truth. With deception there are only lies that birth sin. Isaiah 59:2 advises us that sins such as lying separates us from God.
Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”