“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Americans have traditionally lived in a land which offered them the material things of the world.
But that material prosperity has not come without a cost.
Some readers may be thinking to themselves, “Yeah, the cost has been hard work–and plenty of it!”
And that thought is usually true enough.
But many in the rest of the world work long and hard–perhaps even longer and harder–and yet have not reaped the immense returns of the average American who has lived after World War II.
There has been a high cost to pay for living in a land where the things of the world are plentiful. Much of that cost has been deception.
Americans live at Ground Zero for worldwide deception.
The deceptions in the USA are legion, but three spheres in particular will comprise today’s topic.
“Advertising is legalized lying.”
Americans are not only surrounded by advertising, they are immersed in it almost 24/7.
Advertising is all about glorifying the things of the world and making the target feel like he cannot live without the product/service being advertised.
Advertising is a study in the art of lying.
The claims of many products are deceptive IF one knows all of the facts about of that product. Advertising is where terms which SOUND good but do not mean anything are invented in order to deceive.
Such as “natural.” (There are many, many other examples.)
And then, those terms are heavily repeated–as is required of ALL propaganda (and advertising is a form of propaganda)–in order to be effective.
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On the radio and TV, in newspapers, at the multiplex, on smartphones, on billboards and electronic signs, even broadcast from public transportation: it is hard for an American to go very far before encountering some type of advertisement.
“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.”
Hollywood is a place of fiction; known for its glamour.
“Glamour” originally referred to a magic spell, an illusion said to be cast by witches.
Hollywood is a place which traffics in making the false appear to be real.
And Hollywood exports its vehicles of falseness (films and TV shows) throughout the entire world.
Hollywood is a place of mass deception–and the world knows it.
Hollywood reaps its payoff for deceit when the world pays Hollywood for providing “fantasy” (lying in an entertaining manner).
MOVIES/COMPUTERS/MEDIA/TV/SMARTPHONES/VIDEO GAMES & VIRTUAL REALITY
“To successfully create illusion, the first thing you need is trust, but to perfect an illusion, the false reality most appear as authentic as the one it hides. Careful attention must be paid to every detail. The slightest of imperfections can, like a pin to a balloon, burst the illusion . . . and the truth behind the illusion becomes revealed.”
― Emily Thorne
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The creation of false worlds–and the many who find relief from reality by fleeing to those false man-created worlds–is the stock in trade of computers/smartphones/video games and the up-and-coming arena of virtual (false) reality.
Americans may not have invented false reality; that concept is centuries old.
BUT Americans have perfected adapting the latest technology in order to deceive more effectively.
Yes, there are plenty of people who use their computers for work and their smartphones to look up information.
But it is the rare person who does not use these devices to “escape” into some sort of game or diversion.
And the stereotype of the person so obsessed with their smartphone as to ignore everything else around them is an all-too-familiar one.
This also applies to the “nerd” who is obsessed with the make-believe worlds of video gaming (and comics and fictional literature).
The very latest deceptions are those said to technologically-driven.
And this applies to everything which contributes to living–if only for a short time–regularly in a false reality.
ETPR ARCHIVES: False and Manufactured Reality
The second part of the Emily Thorne quote (“Careful attention must be paid to every detail. The slightest of imperfections can, like a pin to a balloon, burst the illusion . . . and the truth behind the illusion becomes revealed.”) fails to point out a few drawbacks to living in a land that is Ground Zero for deception.
1- To one who has been raised his entire life surrounded by deception, it becomes difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is manufactured to fool him;
2- The one who is surrounded by deception has trouble searching for the truth when everything he knows is a deception;
3- Even if one wishes to break out of the deceptions, he most likely will return to the lie he knows–which is usually the lie he has been taught from early childhood. When offered the choice between lies and the truth of God’s Word, many will recoil because of lies they have been taught in their early life; and,
4- At the end of the day, many may not even care if they are being lied to or not. As long as they are COMFORTABLE and entertained, truth is something that is unimportant. As long as they are comfortable and entertained, many make an easy peace with lies.
Yes, America is Ground Zero for deception.
Only THREE sources of deception have been addressed (however briefly) here.
There are many, many, many other circumstances in the American’s everyday life where he is deceived–which may constitute a future article, including the may lies told by those who run the churches and the more infamous “TV preachers.”
Yes, certainly America is Ground Zero for deception.
However, in exchange for living surrounded by all of these lies, the American does have a smartphone and a TV (or two).
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you”
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DOES the reader KNOW the politicians, media, advertising and other “authorities” bend the truth?
DOES the reader believe the government will protect him from such end times deceit?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 25, 2018.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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