Welcome to Pseudos 101
The Greek word Pseudos was a word understood and used in the first century for different types of deceptions. Specifically, using the truth to communicate deception.
The societal soup that we feed ourselves everyday is changing us and our behavior into a very weird community. We are all more connected, yet we don’t actually meet face to face as often. We are much more “aware” or let’s say “forward with” the marketing of sex (and much more comfortable with sharing ourselves sexually, by the way) but are severly lacking in plutonic, chivalrous, pro-social behavior. This is taking us down a road that trust me, we don’t want to go down.
This type of conditioning makes us more vulnerable to Pseudos messages then ever because we are constantly looking for a distraction from anything painful to deal with. If we are offered what we want to believe we will buy into it. This “behavior” is evident in our personal lives, business and marketing, entertainment, politics and all are recipricol to each other.
When Jesus calls Satan “…a liar, and the father of lies,” (John 8:44) John quotes him as using the word Pseudos. I believe that he uses this word for a specific reason. Not merely to communicate that Satan is a liar, but that he is a certain type of liar. Here’s the full verse.
44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”