Let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no. – James 5:12
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
24 “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
26 “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
28 “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
The phrase “deepfake” was coined in 2017. A deepfake is created using artificial intelligence based image synthesis software. A deepfake combines and superimposes totally separate existing images and videos with other images or videos. The resulting alterations or face swaps appear real, but they are totally fake, deeply fake.
Because people have been prevaricating since the time of the Fall, credibility and authenticity have always been a problem. It seems that lying has been a core fixture of the human DNA ever since.
Artificial intelligence has raised deceit and deception to an art form. Deepfakes make it nearly impossible to distinguish if what we see and hear is genuine. We now live in an age where we can no longer easily determine if visual and auditory content corresponds to reality. Of course, Internet-based news and information sites are fertile ground.
The old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” has been raised to an entirely new level of cynicism, suspicion, and doubt.
In contemporary English hypocrite denotes an insincere person, especially someone who pretends to be pious or virtuous when he or she really is not. The original Greek term hypokrites meant actor, stage player, one who wore a mask. A hypocrite was a moral or religious counterfeit, pretender, dissembler. It describes a person marked by incongruity, who professes beliefs or opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives.
The Father despises disobedience of any kind, but He seems to have a special hatred for religious pretense. Why? Perhaps because those who only pretend to love God do a great job of keeping others away from God (Stanley).
REFLECT & PRAY
Now more than ever it is time to examine everything carefully, hold fast to what is good and true and abstain from every form of evil and deceit (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).
Father I readily admit that it is easy for me to believe only what I want to believe. Father encourage me to hold fast to what is true and live consistently with it.
Seeing has never been the basis for personal faith. Rather faith is based upon the facts of Scripture. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).
Deepfake or deepfaith the choice is yours. There are and have always been many who say if only I could see I would believe. Consider the apostle Thomas.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving but believing.”
28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
Apparent reality based upon what we see and hear is not the basis of our faith. Rather faith is the basis of our perception and understanding of reality.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 Corinthians 4:18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Our faith is based upon the foundation of the truth of the Word of God and the promises the Father makes within it.
The Father has never made a promise that was too good to be true (Dwight L. Moody).