I did read your previous, and lengthy story.<quoted text>
No. Spreading breadcrumbs down a dead-end trail isn't lying. It's teaching a lesson. It also applies to self-righteous religious elitists. Jesus did the same thing to the Pharisees in His day.
Obviously the arrogant store-owner's quality of goods wasn't enough to impress the out-of-towner.
I see the bible as being much the same: it cannot impress directly, it's too fatally flawed.
If you deliberately mislead someone, and deliberately send them on a convoluted and confusing journey?
Then, as they are at their most confused-- you literally hit them over the head with a cherry-picked nugget from the bible?
Maybe... maybe **then** they will be confused enough to accept it?
Is **that** how your god works?