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Deception or deceit (especially on the part of one person toward another) is condemned in hundreds of passages (too numerous to itemize here) throughout both the Old and New Testaments. (A sampling of these verses can be found by going to the website http://www.openbible.info and typing in either of those words.) However, to me, the most important information that the Bible has to convey to us about deceit is that people should not deceive themselves with regard to their sinful condition in an unsaved state in God's eyes; what God's judgment for that condition will be; their inability to save themselves by their own works or goodness (no matter how praiseworthy they or their works may appear to other people); or their need for the salvation and eternal life that God offers only through faith in Christ. Paul summarized this when he said (Galatians 6:7-8), "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."
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