If I have learned anything about computers and life, it's this: if it's too good to be true…well, you know the rest…it's simply too good to be true.
Since scammers and hackers specialize in cheating people of what is rightfully theirs, I admit I entertain disgust for perpetrators of these schemes, and a sense of irritation toward victims. After all, I tell myself people should not be so gullible as to be taken in, and as for those who constantly seek to profit at another person's expense, there really are no words to describe my disgust.
Delete is one of the most used buttons on my keyboard and I inwardly mutter that no one needs be taken in. That was until this week.
Without going into details, I've never come to close to achieving victim status. Under the name of trusted and respected ministerial colleagues, I was invited to be part of what seemed to be a most lucrative opportunity. I hemmed and hawed before calling our local RCMP detachment to see if they'd heard of "the programme." They hadn't.
Finally, I looked up contact information for my colleagues and called them. They hadn't heard of it either, though their name was an integral part of the spiel. Thankfully I hadn't compromised my security, and after hitting that comforting delete key, I asked God to forgive me my judgmental attitude. It would have taken so little to have lost so much.
The influence of deceivers and deception isn't limited to computers, though. Throughout the history of the church, examples of false teachers and deceivers abound.
"And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved." Acts 4:12, Amplified Version.
Don't be deceived; eternal destiny depends on it.