[Note: Definition of Deception; A lie, fraud, trick, ruse, sham, con, cheat, pretence]

Matt 24:4
And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you.

I Cor 3:18
Let no man deceive himself.

Falling into deception is a dangerous place to be. It could almost be compared to an illness for all the damage it can cause. The message here is that we can easily be deceived by others, but more importantly, we can quietly deceive ourselves. With the magnitude of deception of what is happening in our country today, our guards should be tuned to a supermax alert on this subject.

One of the best remedies for deception is due diligence from a trusted source. (See Post dated 2-22-10: Due Diligence) Any due diligence should be rooted in truth. It’s one thing to do the required homework, but it’s another to slave over false material and exaggerated assumptions that can result in the wrong solution.

Point is, if you can’t trust the source (deception), you can’t trust the information. Carefully consider all sources, and become highly sensitive to deception. This area is critical in decision making.