Now you don’t! There was a TV show on for a while that my grandson loved to watch, it was “Magic’s Greatest Secrets Revealed”! In this show the mystery is taken out of all the tricks that we see and amaze us! One night as they watched I was working in the kitchen and keeping one eye on what he was watching when I heard him say to his sister “There is nothing magic at all, it’s all illusion!” True, in that world it depends on slight of hand and how good the man performing it is.
Deception and it’s synonyms are: deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception <magicians are masters of deception>. Fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice <indicted for fraud>. Double-dealing <a go-between suspected of double-dealing>. Subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end <obtained the papers by subterfuge>. Trickery implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat.
We recognize the Magician and know ahead of time that he is going to deceive us, but what about Satan, the original accuser (and deceiver)?
Rev. 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
He continues even today with us trying to convince us that there are other ways to God outside of Jesus! When you believe that, you are accepting a lie!
Jesus warned us to be careful about being deceived in Matthew 24:4-24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. The last line says “they shall deceive the very elect” if you believe you cannot be fooled, then you are deceived already! Jesus is the only way to God; He loves you, cares for and heals you! Be armed with the Word; be not deceived, God is not mocked!
God is love and God is truth so in order to be like Him you must try a little harder to love your neighbor as yourself and never try to deceive God, it didn’t work with Adam and Eve, and it won’t work with me!