Religious deception

Name(s): 
False prophets
Religious lies
Deception in religion
Nature

Deception is the act of convincing one or many recipients of untrue information. The person creating the deception knows it to be false while the receiver of the message has a tendency to believe it (although it's not always the case). It is often done for personal gain or advantage. Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda and sleight of hand as well as distraction, camouflage or concealment. There is also self-deception. It can also be called, with varying subjective implications, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, ruse, or subterfuge.

Deception is a major relational transgression that often leads to feelings of betrayal and distrust. Deception violates relational rules and is considered to be a negative violation of expectations. Most people expect friends, relational partners, and even strangers to be truthful most of the time. If people expected most conversations to be untruthful, talking and communicating with others would require distraction and misdirection to acquire reliable information. A significant amount of deception occurs between some romantic and relational partners.

Deceit and dishonesty can also form grounds for civil litigation in tort, or contract law (where it is known as misrepresentation or fraudulent misrepresentation if deliberate), or give rise to criminal prosecution for fraud. It also forms a vital part of psychological warfare in denial and deception.

Source: Wikipedia

Incidence 
A number of religious traditions have specific warnings to their followers concerning deceivers who will emerge and present attractive, but false, teachings in order to lead them away from the truths to which they hold. In the Christian tradition particular attention is focused on false prophets and the emergence of the Antichrist as the prime deceiver. The Catholic Church holds that it will itself pass through a final trial prior to the Second Coming that will shake the faith of many believers. This will unveil the mystery of iniquity in the form of a religious deception. this will offer people an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.
Claim 
Cult leaders are always very skilful operators and manipulators. They may or may not believe what they are saying, but they appear to say it with genuine conviction. Their followers, feeling abandoned by traditional society, project all their hopes onto a person of such confidence and the promises offered.
Aggravates 
Type 
(F) Fuzzy exceptional problems