Each article in this series presents a brief overview of a matter on which many people seek the truth. If you’ve read 2 or more, you’ve probably noticed a duplicitous pattern of duplication of efforts to deceive. Why are there so many different scenarios of deception?
Nature of the deception
The answer is simple: Not everyone will respond to the same thing. It’s why ice cream comes in so many flavors, and cars in so many models and colors. When you want the highest possible number of people to buy what you’re selling, you make your product as appealing as you can to the highest possible number of people.
Some people will explain away the Truth of the Holy Bible when a medium seems to summons up a family member that represents the afterlife differently that what the Word tells us. Others will be swayed toward the Hindu belief of reincarnation when told they revealed past lives during hypnosis therapy. Still others will believe the message of a channeled entity whose message to humanity is, “You create your own reality.”
And that is exactly what the enemy of men’s souls wants us to think we can do. There are thousands upon thousands of false beliefs that appeal to different people. The satan really doesn’t care which one you choose. In fact, it’s fine with the enemy of men’s souls if you worship a flying purple dog with green wings. His only goal is that you do not believe and receive the Truth of God’s Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the living and enduring Word.
Goal of the deception
Here is how Jesus sums up the devil’s character (John 8:44):
He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
He seeks to devour (destroy) that which God loves most – His highest order of creation, made His image – mankind (1 Peter 5:8):
Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
He deceives the nations (Revelation 20:3):
. . . and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer . . .
And, once the satan deceives someone, he sends them out to deceive others (2 Timothy 3:13):
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Why does the satan do this? Because he wants to be bigger than God (Isaiah 14:12-14 TLB):
How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! . . . For you said to yourself, “I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels. I will take the highest throne. . . . I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.”
Yet, the enemy of men’s souls knows where his future resides, for the Word of God reveals what happens at the end of his thousand-year containment (Revelation 20:10):
And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Until then, the satan’s aim is to destroy that which God loves, intending to take from God whatever he can using whatever means available to him. Since the enemy of men’s souls is “a murderer . . . a liar, and the father of lies.” Deception that leads to destruction is his goal. Duplicitous duplications are his means. He lays out as many lies as he can, hoping to appeal to as many as possible, knowing that any path that does not lead to Truth of God in Christ will lead to the destruction of men’s souls.