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Questions tagged [deception]

Any statement or act aimed at causing others to believe something that is not true including lying, exaggerating, or concealing information.

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Was the Old Prophet (1 Kings 13.18) deceived by an 'angel'?

Most translations read '(But he was lying to him)'. I always thought the Old Prophet lied to the man of God, but now I'm wondering if the 'angel' lied to the old prophet. This wondering started when ...
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What does Jesus mean that those that can be trusted on small matters can be trusted in large matter?

Imagine Madoff coming to your living room and saying, "I got an investment that I want you to invest all your money in." You test him. You left some changes on the table and pretend to do something ...
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Does God lie? And does the devil tell the truth?

The Bible quotes God assaying: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, ...
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How is Jesus not lying in John 7?

In John 7, Jesus tells his brothers that he is not going up to the festival. Then he goes up in secret. This sounds to me like a lie. John 7:6-10 (NIV) 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is ...
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Lies of the Desert Fathers

Reading The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, I came across at least two accounts of the Fathers lying to or deceiving people 10 . Once a provincial judge heard of Abba Moses and went to Scete to see ...
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How do we identify false teachers? [closed]

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing ...
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If the Devil is the Great Deceiver, how would I know that he's not deceiving me through Christianity? [closed]

I've always been a devout Christian, but I once had a terrifying thought while reading the Bible, and I'm scared I'm going to go to Hell. At one point I began to question why God killed so many ...
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Is it contrary to any Christian belief or doctrine to believe that Jesus deceives us in order to protect our souls?

Jesus ultimately cares about the judgement of our eternal soul. Is it a sin to believe in a Holy deception that the reason He made His return unknown and mysterious is to keep us in line - or away ...
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Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, why the elaborate ruse?

Genesis chapter 42 - 45 recount story of Joseph tricking his brothers who are in Egypt to buy grain, into going back and forth several times from Canaan to Egypt in an attempt exonerate themselves in ...
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How does one test the spirits and identify false preachers?

The Word of God says, Dear friends, 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) Many ...
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Did Jesus lie about going to a feast? [duplicate]

I know Jesus is not a liar, but an incident in the New Testament has puzzled me for a long time. Jesus was asked by his disciples if he was going to go to a feast and he said he wasn't, but, later he ...