People of the Lie

“The People Of The Lie”
1983 A Touchstone Book…Published by Simon Shuster

Evil And Sin

…It is necessary to draw the distinction between evil and ordinary sin. It is not their sins per se that characterize evil people, rather it is the subtlety and persistence and consistency of their sins. This is because the central defect of the evil is not the sin but the refusal to acknowledge it.

…The evil appear to be most ordinary. They live down the street..on any street. They may be rich or poor, educated or uneducated. There is little that is dramatic about them. They are not designated criminals. More often than not they will be “solid citizens”-Sunday school teachers, policemen, or bankers, and active in the PTA.

How can this be? How can they be evil and not designated as criminals? The key lies in the word “designated.” They are criminals in that they commit “crimes” against life and liveliness. But except in rare instances-such as the case of a Hitler-when they might achieve extraordinary degree of political power that remove them from ordinary restraints, their “crimes” are so subtle and covert that they cannot clearly be designated as crimes. The theme of hiding and covertness will occur again and again throughout the rest of the book. It is the basis for the title “The People Of the Lie.”

I have spent a good deal of time working in prisons with designate criminals. Almost never have I experienced them as evil people. Obviously they are destructive, and usually repetitively so. But there is a kind of randomness to their destructiveness. Moreover, although to the authorities they generally deny responsibility for their evil deeds, there is still a quality of openness to their wickedness. They themselves are quick to point this out, claiming that they have been caught precisely because they are the “honest criminals.” The truly evil, they will tell you, always reside outside of jail. Clearly these proclamations are self-justifying. They are also, I believe, generally accurate.

Sinning is most broadly defined as “missing the mark.” This means that we sin every time we fail to hit the bull’s-eye. Sin is nothing more and nothing less than a failure to be continually perfect. Because it is impossible for us to be continually perfect, we are all sinners. We routinely fail to do the very best of which we are capable, and with each failure we commit a crime of sorts-against God, our neighbors, or ourselves, if not frankly against the law.

I read, “The People of the Lie,” when I was 28 years old. It was suggested to me by a psychologist who tried to define evil in a meaning I could understand. How did I not know the meaning of evil one may ask.

I then would ask how is it you understand the meaning of evil? Who is a sinner?

Passive aggressive behavior comes to mind. This definition took years to understand via experience. A passive aggressive person can smile with kindness. They will appear helpful and caring. Yet, behind your back they are working against you. They plan your demise with a smile. They find pleasure in your pain.

This behavior in my view is evil There is nothing sinful about it other than it goes against good. We all sin in our carnal nature.

Yet, does that sin lead us to plan the demise of another’s soul? Does sin lead a person to plan the destruction of another’s spirit? I think not.

Sin is a transgression against our Father. In my view sin is a self serving act that brings pleasure, pain, indecision and stirs the carnal nature of primitive man. We all sin.

Yet an evil person may appear fine in character and nature. They may not appear as sinners. Pillars of society perhaps. Those who automatically get the respect from the other evil people who lie.

How can a sinner know?

This sinner defines all encounters on a spiritual level. A level that is reached without words or intentions. A spirit moves in ways only another spirit can connect. I call it a spiritual touch down.

If a person comes to me in his or her spirit I can not deny them. I can not walk away from them. I can only meet that greet with an earnest innocence. An innocence that transcends common sense or logic.

The world is filled with simple minded people who only understand their carnal nature. They judge what they do not understand. They manipulate another to get them in line with their views. It is by their definition you must live to be accepted. It is manipulation. “Give your life to Jesus,” they will say as they step over the homeless man sleeping atop a manhole.

Be that man atop the manhole. How would you view the person who says, “Give your life to Jesus,” as that person looks upon and walks past your suffering? Would the man view you as evil or a sinner? I say both.

To see one suffering and not to pray is an insult to any spirit. Yet, to walk past that suffering recognizing the human being must be evil. It must be evil for that person knows and did nothing other than watch and pass over suffering.

What if that man is Jesus?

Hebrews 13:2

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

King James Version (KJV)

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”

King James Version (KJV)

In my life I have found that I can not nor will I ever allow people to feed from my pain. People will feed from the pain of other’s as if they are watching a movie. Is this what we have become as a society? I do not have the answers to what ails my spirit this day.

I pray to God that The People of The Lie are repelled and devoured by the strength of my spirit that will rise no matter. No matter my spirit will rise.

4 thoughts on “People of the Lie

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    Very compelling examination and overview of the book’s theme and coupled with some deep seated insights of your own! This following excerpt stood out to me.

    “Sinning is most broadly defined as “missing the mark.” This means that we sin every time we fail to hit the bull’s-eye. Sin is nothing more and nothing less than a failure to be continually perfect. Because it is impossible for us to be continually perfect, we are all sinners.”
    We are all truly sinners and fallen from the glory of God and His holiness; never perfect not even close! I see how Satan turned against God and willfully plotted against God’s perfect will and his kingdom; which was absolute transgression against God with Zero Love; totally willful admonishment of the Almighty who is Perfect and Holy! Since then Satan drags any of us around in the quagmire of filth and sin all he can making a mockery of us all, and seeking to eventually pull us away from God into Hell!

    I see how actually by this book’s assessment that we are all evil, because nobody out there can tell me that they’ve sinned a particular sin and never repeated it or never went on to another sin that was just as wrong! Selfishness is sinful just as gossip or any action that is not meritorious and a best shining example of human behavior! I think we all have been stupid at times or just plain lazy about keeping up the highest standard of behavior that we are capable of; though Saints come close for sure! I know I screw up every time I let things pile up and get the better of me emotionally, and then I cuss or in anger point my finger at some really bad people in the world, but, conversely though I’m nowhere near as bad or sinful as some of those I’m speaking about; but could they closely examine my life and behavior and find that I’m blemish free? Never in a million years because I have been soiled many times with my own breakdown of behavior or sunk to a point where I did something, anything even anger or derogatory speech, all sinful and knew it was; but nonetheless went on and did it thinking it’s not a big sin or it won’t hurt anyone but me!

    “…11There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 12All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” 13“Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The venom of vipers is on their lips.”… Romans 3:12

    Sounds like the state of politics and ways of the world such as MSM and Hollywood today! At least I’m glad not to be one of them! Again my aim was as long as “it won’t hurt anyone but me!” That was always key to me which was not to hurt another, but, hurting myself and making a fool of myself is wrong too and beyond stupid; it is something I’m sure our heavenly Father is not expecting me to continue doing!

    Romans 8: and then there is this that opens up the outlook to see with sincere and honest eyes tapped directly into the heart!
    “8 there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
    2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
    3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
    4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
    5 For those who are according to the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
    6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace,
    7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
    8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
    9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so it be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
    10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
    11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.
    12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh;
    13 for if ye live according to the flesh ye shall die, but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live.
    14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
    15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba! Father!”
    16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God;
    17 and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if so it be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.
    18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
    19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
    20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope,
    21 because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
    22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
    23 And not only they, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
    24 For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope, for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for it?
    25 But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
    26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
    27 And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
    28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
    29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
    30 Moreover, whom He predestined, those He also called; and whom He called, those He also justified; and whom He justified, those He also glorified.
    31 What then shall we say of these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
    32 He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
    33 Who shall lay anything to the charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifieth.
    34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ who died, yea rather, who is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
    35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
    36 As it is written: “For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
    37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
    38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    I look at it as “degrees of evil” which can breakdown as to how detrimental and destructive are the actions I or another take that we consciously know are wrong yet go ahead anyway and perhaps steal a candy bar because the opportunity presented itself. Or as you mentioned how a person will stab another in the back with slanderous lies or gossip to just put that person down out of jealousy, reprisal or true contempt for others because of a self-loathing madness in the hearts of some people; who want to inflict hurt on others because they hate themselves and maybe even life overall. Then there is of course those individuals like Fauci or Gates that know full well what scam, “LIE,” they are perpetrating that effects millions and even billions of other human beings negatively and don’t care! This is a screwed up place when we admit it, and how does one just ignore it, or avoid it all without hiding in a cave and just talk to the natural simple earthy critters; but no human beings!

    We are between a rock and a hard place for sure so we must try out best to put on the “Armor of God through Jesus Christ,” and that won’t mean we move forward without missteps or not fall into any snares, traps and societal ills, just being a part of tis hellish mess soils us all; the crap rubs off very easily. I know from experience people backstab and set traps all the time and they’re truly wicked and sick souls to do it, but, that’s reality! I think what I really want to say is all of this can be tempered with the concept of knowing what is truly “Diabolical!”

    Straight out Hitler was such and now we see people like Fauci, Gates, Biden, Pelosi, Soros, Rockefeller, Rothschild, Klaus Schwab, Xi Jinping, Putin, Ayatollah Khomeini and many others who are fitting that bill to a “T”!

    I want to hopefully recognize diabolical people who hide well behind those social status facades, or even the much darker demonically possessed souls that are not agents any longer of simply living a broken human life, but, are cohorts of Satan which do exist all around us and are schemers on steroids, and then some!

    This world is falling away and the most diabolical forces in existence are unbridled and loose now in spades!

    Genesis 3:17-19). “In other words, perfection was lost. All of creation is now falling short of its original purpose; rather than working in harmony with God and creation, inhabitants of the earth have turned on each other and against God.”

    It will not and cannot end pretty!

    God bless you.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III


    1. Thank you. It has come down to the spirit for me. I have a difficult time understanding who people. I have come to realize that most, maybe just many, people are afraid to step out in their spirits. They instead remain in their flesh. I no longer know who it is I can trust in life in the flesh or in elected office or our President.

      If we are proclaimers and lovers of God our Father, we then should not be afraid of the spiritual movement. Whether I be right or I be wrong. I can only judge another in my life by the movement of my spirit.

      I speak of spirits in the sense of the natural encounters. Not those one may conquer up as demons. I speak of the spirit that is supernatural and bridged by our Father, Himself in the body of Christ.

      God is supernatural. If we as His children can not discern our Father’s spirit from another it is not from Father…..

      God Bless you Brother.

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      1. You said that so genuine and true about stepping out in spirit because I feel so timid about trusting people and I was always an outgoing happy go lucky guy and an eternal optimist from boyhood but times have changed dramatically and I see evil has been loosed upon this place in droves, so it’s very unpredictable and dangerous for sure if we are not vigilant!

        My Dad in recent years would tell me just “go to work, take care of your obligations and responsibilities as you should and then keep to yourself, and stay home with your dogs!” He didn’t want me to get hurt anymore or into any quagmire; as he always was a wise soul from his youth and everyone knows that about him! I think I must thank him for much of my own awareness, but, few people can be like him from a young age!

        Oh, and as far as spirits, I mean I like to see into people quickly and if I sense there is something askew or not good in them I move away! Many, many people are touched with demonic spirits, and don’t even know it, like they’re serving the beast without a clue!

        But, hear me when I tell you; when I think and pray from my heart and soul to God through Jesus I know there is nothing to fear at all, and I belong to God! So anything can happen to this body, but my soul is going to God when I leave here! I have no doubt about it, “I BELONG TO JESUS!” Amen!

        God bless you.


      2. People who move my spirit when they come into my life are like a smooth rolling wave running the sand. There is something that feeds your spirit like manna.

        I have had several experiences these last three years that clarify to me that we no longer can trust words alone. We must trust that spiritual movement upon us that cradles us as if God Himself had us in His arms.

        I follow someone on line who has been there with wise words these past three years. Words that held me through some dark times. It seemed to grow me.

        Then several years ago I took a man some lettuce potted I had grown. He grows a small garden of beautiful strawberries, peppers, grapes etc…. He and I have a spiritual relationship. Our spirits united in a supernatural way. Now, I am friends with his family. I am helping him at his store. I say my brother in no way did I see this coming to bless me.

        And, now there is you Lawrence. You bless me each time you comment on what I write. You bless me. Nothing separates us from God if we are His. I do believe it is impossible.


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