Are We Deceived
popular today to lay every sinful condition that plagues humanity at the
feet of one’s parents or society. The typical claim is that the person
responsible for the law-breaking was poor, mistreated, under privileged,
neglected, misunderstood, unpopular or so forth – and that is why they
turned out as they did.
reasoning is that childhood problems, weaknesses and tendencies, became
ingrained into their personality, and subsequently, they just cannot help
the way they are. Whether they be criminal acts, or antisocial behavior,
they are not to be held responsible for their conduct. When society excuses
this kind of disruptive and rebellious performance in people, they are in
effect justifying intolerable disorder.
gives us the rules for a better world. He expects more of us than to be
spoiled-rotten children. God holds us responsible for what we know. He
lays out the challenge for us in Matthew 5:48 where we are instructed to go
on to perfection, “Become ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which
is in heaven is perfect.” (Hebrews 6:1)
Christ knows very well how we are made and what our proclivities are.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who
can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
the people of God, are not to remain as we once were in the world. With the
help of God’s Spirit we are to grow and overcome. With repentance, faith in
Jesus Christ, and baptism, we are cleansed. No longer are we to practice
deceitful behavior. For a Christian it is unacceptable. We are not to
defile the righteousness of Christ that has been imputed to us.
are, however, warned that in the end-time one of the big problems that we
would be facing is that of deception. The apostle Paul determined
that he would handle God’s Word with the utmost sincerity. He said, “[I]
have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling
the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending
ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:2)
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