It has been widely publicized that the administration in the White House deceived the public regarding the benefits and costs of the Affordable Care Act in order to get it approved. I will leave that debate to the political pundits, but it has occurred to me that Satan has been doing that since the beginning of time.
He deceived Eve in getting her to eat the forbidden fruit (1 Tim. 2:14). Deceit is nothing more than a lie that is cloaked with the appearance of respectability. And that is exactly what Satan did in his approach to Eve. He covered the lie by giving it some religious overtones, a sense of respectability. He said that eating the fruit would open her eyes and she would become like God, knowing good and evil (Gen. 3:5). That sounded appealing to her. After all, who would not want to be like God? She swallowed the bait, hook, line, and sinker.
Satan has not changed his modus operandi to this day. He is still deceiving people in many ways, particularly in the realm of religion. Jesus said he "does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him…for he is a liar, and the father of lies" (Jn. 8:44). He even "disguises himself as an angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14). And, he is pretty convincing in getting people to believe his lies to the eternal condemnation of their souls.
I was flipping through the TV channels and saw a preacher appeal to his viewing audience to send money as "miracle breakthrough seed." He said that if they do this, God will perform a miracle and correct whatever is wrong or lacking in their lives. The sad thing is that people will believe this nonsense before they will believe the gospel. A lie that is cloaked with respectability, appeals to the desires of a person, and takes advantage of his ignorance of truth is the method Satan still uses to dupe people today. Let us not be ignorant of his schemes (2 Cor. 2:11).