"Lie" - "...a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive..."
"Deceit" - "act or practice ... intended to ... mislead by a false appearance or statement"
The difference is that a lie is generally spoken; but deceit includes anything, whether words or deeds, that are intended to lead people to believe what is not true.
Many passages rebuke the general concept of lying.
Proverbs 6:16-19 - God hates a lying tongue and a false witness who speaks lies.
Exodus 20:16 - You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
1 Timothy 1:10 - Liars are listed among other sins that are contrary to sound doctrine.
These are direct prohibitions against lying. Most people know that lying is morally wrong. Interestingly, people who often tell lies to others will often become very upset when other people lie to them and are often the quickest to accuse others of lying!
When religious teaching is presented as truth even though it cannot be proved by the Bible, deceit is always involved.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 - "False apostles" are called "deceitful workers," because they pretend to be servants of Christ, angels of light, and ministers of righteousness. Many teachers present themselves as men of God teaching His word, yet they teach things they cannot find in the Bible.
False teaching is sinful for a number of reasons. But one reason is that it always involves deceit. Many religious leaders are deceitful because they claim a teaching is from God when they know they don't have the proof. But sometimes a teacher is sincerely in error - he really believes he is teaching truth; in that case, he has been deceived by someone else. All false teaching is ultimately a lie in that it all originates with Satan, who knows it is a lie.
A hypocrite is a deceiver because he pretends to be something he knows he is not. He tries to give other people the impression he is more righteous than he really is.
1 Timothy 4:2 - Those who depart from the truth speak lies in hypocrisy.(Note that their hypocrisy is associated with lying)
1 Peter 2:1 - Lay aside guile (deceit), hypocrisy, and evil speaking. Again, hypocrisy is associated with deceit. Hypocrisy is deceit because the hypocrite puts on a false front. He pretends to be better than he is.
Many people,profess to serve God faithfully. But are we really doing what we know we should, or are we just deceiving others and maybe ourselves?
Lying and deceit often destroy people's reputations or alienate people.
Psalms 109:2 - They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. Often lies and slander are used to destroy the credibility and reputation of an innocent or godly person.
Matthew 5:11 - Jesus warned that people would revile and persecute His disciples, and say all kinds of evil against them falsely. False accusations and lies are a standard means of persecution, intended to intimidate the righteous to compromise the truth or to discredit their influence.
The man who said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," obviously was never the victim of slanderer. Trust me, it can be quite painful and leave wounds in your emotions and marks on your reputation for years.
We need to be sure that we do not harm others with lies. We need to practice sincere honesty with our family, friends, and in the church.
With the points I have made. I question you as to why you have done all these things that you know you are guilty of?? I mean you are a follower of god..Correct?? DEAR Mr & Ms Ro family.. Take a step back and look what you have done!