Self-Deception in Current Philosophical Discussions and Its Importance in Theology
Joseph K. Pak, PhD

Self-deception has been considered a universal human phenomenon throughout centuries by philosophers. Self-deception is basically lying to self which often involves unconscious mental processes, has both cognitive and volitional elements, and has the intention of keeping oneself from conscious acknowledgment of uncomfortable truths. Self-deceivers are culpable since they are responsible for how they choose to interpret the evidence and hide the truth from themselves. Collective self-deception can have far greater consequences than individual self-deception. To avoid self-deception, a commitment to seek and love the truth courageously even at personal costs is necessary. Self-deception is also an important theological concept closely related to sin, and it is especially dangerous when it involves our assurance of salvation and when we refuse to suffer for our faith. God often uses suffering in life to draw us out of our self-deception by revealing what is in our heart, leading us to repentance and righteousness, which in turn allows us to know God and thereby ourselves better.

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