Most victims of deception kinda lose their grip once they found out that they were deceived by someone they trust. At first, they couldn’t imagine how a person whom they trust could do such a thing, like to trick or deceive them from all the things they did. The next thing they would ask is why. And once, little by little, they understand the situation, it makes them angry and now trying to plan things for revenge.
One of the other ways to deceive people is thru swindling. Swindling is an act of taking advantage of the weakness of others by means of dishonesty. It is a crime in which a person intentionally cheats or defrauds another of money or property, or otherwise obtains the money or property by means of unfaithfulness, abuse of confidence or of giving false promises by dishonest means. Common examples of swindling are selling of land that really didn’t exist, an employee creating false ledgers to cover up stolen money out from his employer, investing in securities, insurances or stocks which promises good returns which are false, taxes used in dishonest and corrupt means, making false stories of being severely sick or a family member who is dying, and even passing counterfeit bills is considered swindling. When a man is said to be swindled, it means tricked or outwitted.
The key weapon of swindling is a good deceptive tactic that one cannot notice that what the swindler is trying to do or offer is already false. The problem with us (the victims) is that we easily believe on lies, false reports and even false promises. Deception is good when we can’t even notice that we’re being deceived.
Jesus warned also His disciples of a lot of deceptions to come on their way as the end times are getting nearer. Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you” (Mark 13:5, NIV).
Christians are told to be watchful and always on guard against deceptions because anyone can be deceived, no one is exempted. One way to be aware of deceptions is that the deceivers use flattery. It’s their primary tool to get your confidence and trust. Never let your guards down.
Another way to be alert of deceptions is to know the real from the counterfeit. Mostly, money handlers like cashiers or bank tellers know immediately if the money they’re receiving are fake or not. It’s because part of their training is to be exposed to a lot of counterfeit bills and checking it extensively with a real one. Reading and being exposed to God’s truth can give you an edge to hold off deceptions that will come your way. Don’t let go of God’s truth; be discerning.
The book of Proverbs says, “My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet” (Proverbs 3:21-24).
A Personal Project: When was the last time you were being deceived? How does it feel being deceived? How would you know that you are already being deceived? Would you still want to be deceived? Watch out! Beware of Deceivers.