When I wrote WHAT THE CULTURE WAR IS ABOUT, it had not occurred to me to write a post about deception. Yet most of the evil we do begins in deception. Such was the case when Adam and Eve committed the first sin? What was Eve’s excuse?

Genesis 3:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Yes the serpent did deceive Eve and Adam, but they knew God did not want them to eat the forbidden fruit. So why did Adam and Eve believe the serpent and eat the fruit? Is it because they wanted to believe the serpent — they wanted to believe they could be like God? If that is true, then before the Serpent could complete his deception, Adam and Eve had to deceive themselves. That is, Adam and Eve chose to let the serpent to deceive them. Effectively, because they so much wanted to be like God, Adam and Eve willfully rendered themselves ignorant. Thus, they sinned and disobeyed God.

Let’s look at some examples of how such self-deception works in our time.

Individuals Used To Matter from NooneOfAnyImport’s Blog

In Individuals Used To Matter, a mother explains the difficulty she encountered when she tried to get some individualized attention for son. Her boy is an advanced reader. Therefore, she expected the public school system to take his more advanced skill into account and encourage him to develop that skill still further. Instead, the teachers in the public school her child attended insisted on boring the kid. Instead of allowing him to read more advanced material, the public school teachers insisted that he read what the rest of his class was reading.

So where is the self-deception? Actually, we have multiple deceptions.

  1. Does the public school system exist to teach children? Perhaps that is what politicians want to believe, but politicians, not parents, control funding. And politicians have only an indirect interest in educating children. To get reelected, the first priority of every politicians must be buying votes.
  2. Do teachers set the instruction of children as their first priority? It seems that that is what teachers want to believe. Nonetheless, like the rest of us, teachers also have a conflicting motive. Don’t we all want jobs that give us the highest possible pay with least amount of work? Therefore, teachers unions do what they do.
  3. When their children are not learning, do parents care? Well, they care, but what do parents care about? As C. S. Lewis observed (see WHAT THE CULTURE WAR IS ABOUT), most parents fear being embarrassed by their children. Because our egos are tied up in our children, we want our child to be just as good as all the other children. Thus, parents can be deceived into supporting an educational system that focuses on developing self-esteem instead of teaching the three R’s.

Sunday Morning Links: The Illegal Water Tower Nightclub From

Here steve extracts some verbiage from The New York Times to create an interesting post about an exclusive drinking establishment.

So where is the self-deception? Consider how that extract from the The New York Times begins.

In New York City there are plenty of places to get drunk, starting with my kitchen. But most crave a more glamorous experience, and in a city of millions, glamor is often equated with exclusivity and secrecy. Faux speakeasys have become as much of a cliché as drunken fistfights in the Meatpacking District. Yet for a brief period earlier this year, a group of artists ran a true speakeasy in the most unusual of locations: A water tower atop an abandoned building in Chelsea.

Choosing the right location can make getting smashed glamorous?

3 ½ Years Later Ft. Hood Terrorist Still Collecting Full Salary From pumabydesign001′s blog

If you have not been following the story of the survivors of the terrorist attack at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, then please check out this post. Explaining what happened on that dreadful day  bydesign001 from the viewpoint of the survivors,  leaves no doubt as to whether the attack was workplace violence. Consider this definition.

Jihad \Ji*had”\, Jehad \Je*had”\, n. [Ar. jih[=a]d.] (Moham.) A religious war against infidels or Mohammedan heretics; also, any bitter war or crusade for a principle or belief.

[Their] courage in war . . . had not, like that of the Mohammedan dervishes of the Sudan, or of Mohammedans anywhere engaged in a jehad, a religious motive and the promise of future bliss behind it.       –James Bryce.

Supposedly, the religious beliefs and the associations of Major Nidal Hasan, the terrorist/traitor who killed his fellow soldiers, made no difference. Supposedly, Hasan merely engaged in workplace violence, but jihad is war.

So where is the self-deception? In order to accept the doctrine of multi-culturalism, that all cultures are equally good, we must believe that all religions equally good. That is, we must make ourselves believe that what people believe is true makes no difference in their behavior.

Christians Called To Fight Evil! From Vine Of Life News

Many Americans think only radical Muslims are guilty of religious intolerance. However, in the video that is the subject of Christians Called To Fight Evil!, Theodore Shoebat explains that is not true. He cites the Violence Against Christians Spreading in India.

So where is the self-deception? In order to accept the doctrine of multi-culturalism, that all cultures are equally good, we must believe that all religions equally good. That is, we must make ourselves believe that what people believe is true makes no difference in their behavior.

Gosnell Chooses Life, Justice Served From Biltrix

For killing babies, abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell chose life. That is, Gosnell will now serve life in prison. Perhaps you have not heard of Kermit Gosnell. If not, see Why the Media Blackout on Gosnell? Then you may begin to understand the reluctance of the Socialist Democrat news media to cover this story.

So where is the self-deception? If Gosnell had killed the exact same babies BEFORE removing them from the womb of their mothers, he would not be going to prison. He would still be earning a paycheck for killing babies.

Prayer and Daniel in Obama’s Democrat IRS Lions Den From Liberty Unyielding

Here is how this post begins.

An Obama Administration that first sought to limit freedom of religion to worship also solicited the content of the prayers of political opponents whose free political speech rights they denied in the Election of 2012.

Our government is largely in the hands of people who can most politely be described as Social Democrats. What do Social Democrats believe?

Social democracy is a political ideology that considers itself to be a form of reformist democratic socialism. It advocates for a peaceful, evolutionary transition of the economy to socialism through progressive social reform of capitalism.  (continued here)

What is the problem with Social Democrats? In practice, they do not believe in limited government. What they believe looks too much like what Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels believed.

So where is the self-deception? In order accept the doctrine of Social democracy, we have to believe that man can perfect man, but there is absolutely no evidence to support the contention that man can perfect man. In fact, we know from experience that power corrupts.

God or Atheism — Which is More Rational? by Peter Kreeft from Catholibertarian

In a five-minute video Peter Kreeft explains why it makes perfect sense to believe in God.

So where is the self-deception? We live in age when more and more people insists upon believing in themselves instead of God. When we are finite and the universe is marvelously infinite….

Romans 1:18-23 The Message (MSG)

18-23 But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.


  1. How about self deception, believing your fairy tale religion? That’s done as much damage to our future as anything I can think of


    1. Joe, presumably you took the time to read this post. Thank you.

      You asked a question. What about my fairytale religion? Because I believe in Jesus, I do not have a fairytale religion.

      Do I suffer from self deceptions. Because we are all imperfect, we all deceive ourselves in some manner. However, it is now your turn. How might you be suffering from a self deception? Observe your comment. Without offering anything constructive, you went out of your way to try antagonize me, striving to create a pointless conflict. What deceit do you believe that leads to such behavior and such an ironic statement.

      That’s done as much damage to our future as anything I can think of

      Needless strife over religion? Were Christians responsible for the First Amendment or atheists?


    2. It seems, Joe, that the list of things you can think of is due for some expansion. Presumably, from your comment, you are a non-believer in Christianity. So am I. I am a lifelong non-theist, and not motivated to defend Christianity as “mine.”

      Nevertheless, an objective view of Christianity, the “fairy tale religion” as you described it that Citizen Tom and many others hold dear, shows it to have had both positive and negative effects in the past upon the development of humankind, and generally quite positive these days. There was a long period, in medieval times, that was problematic — but Christianity seems to have “gotten over it” and matured into a force for good, and is the core of most charitable efforts in the United States and around the world. While government is now trying to supplant this, often to poor effect and great expense, Christian and Jewish faiths have provided help for the poor and the sick for centuries.

      Let’s say that the central premise of these faiths — that there is a God who cares about the lives of individual humans on this planet and actively intercedes in His creation to change events based on their supplications — is false. You evidently think so, and I would have to say that it seems unsupported by any evidence that I’ve seen. Nevertheless, is Christianity doing “as much damage” as, say, the jihadists? I don’t think so.

      Consider: During the Iranian jihadist revolution in 1979, colleges in Iran were gutted of actual science and replaced with Islamist “professors” who taught jihad-flavored courses. This sort of thing has been going on for decades across the Middle East, from Egypt to (recently) Turkey as it falls to jihadist leadership.

      These folks, who run entire nations, are striving to do the same thing to the US and other western nations — and they are making progress. That is, in my opinion, far more damaging to our future — and it is not Tom’s religion involved. In fact, the jihadist nations sometimes tolerate people like Citizen Tom as “people of the book” guilty of having the “wrong” faith but suffered to live after paying a tax … but people like you and me, the non-theists, are subject to immediate death if our philosophies are made known. This is in the constitutions of several Middle East countries, and in the practices of more of them.

      I am very discreet when traveling in the Middle East, as the jihadist religion is potentially damaging to my future. In the meantime, Christianity works hard to help those in need … including those in jihadist-run countries. This is a noble thing, and should not be the subject of your derision.

      ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle


      1. Keith — Not sure how Joe will take that. He may think you are sort offering him a choice. “You think the Christians are bad — would you rather have Islamists in charge?”

        Perhaps what Joe is missing is what I think you have observed.

        Mark 9:38-41 English Standard Version (ESV)
        Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us

        38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

        “For anyone who is not against us is for us.” If we see someone doing good works, are we suppose to hate them because they don’t append the right label on themselves? Jesus said no. If someone is not against you, then it makes sense to work with them. It make no sense to oppose them.


    3. As an example of the treatment of atheists by jihadist cultures, consider this tidbit — ostensibly from our allies:

      For example he recounts an incident that took place when he and his men were on patrol with U.S. troops in a dangerous and contested area. Through an interpreter, one of his soldiers asked one of the Americans if he believed in God. The American shook his head no and said he didn’t. Overhearing the conversation, Hasanzada quickly ordered the interpreter not to respond. But it was no use: the Afghan soldier had seen the American’s body language and understood. “My soldier got very upset, quit the army within days, and gave his salary to poor local people,” says Hasanzada. “At least he didn’t react with his Kalashnikov.”

      But others have, and do, resulting in an escalation of “green-on-blue violence.” These “instant Taliban” (a phrase the article uses) are outraged at Americans’ treatment of them, including the fact that Americans are wary over how many of their own troops have been killed.

      And as for accidental insults to Islam? Ignorance is no excuse, as the article says, and such insults must not be tolerated. This, Joe, is arguably a source of great damage to our future.

      ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle


    1. Thanks.

      Hopefully, the Obama administration is unraveling. And the Tea Party movement will begin to take us back towards Constitutional government, but much prayer is needed. Who knows; our Lord may have something better in mind.


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