Hypocrisy is the falsehood that a person demonstrates in his actions or in his words, pretending or pretending qualities or feelings that, in reality, he does not have. The word, as such, comes from the Greek ὑποκρισία (hypokrisia).
Hypocrisy comes from the desire or need to hide our real feelings or motivations from others, projecting a false or unreal image of ourselves.
In hypocrisy there is an inconsistency between what is thought and done or said, this in order not to reveal our true personality. In this sense, hypocrisy is deceiving others; It is one of the many forms acquired by lies.
Being hypocrites is considered an anti-value, an immorality, because although we appear kindness or exemplary, and although we strive to seem better people than we are, finally all that is nothing more than appearances based on lies.
Hypocrisy in the Bible
In the Bible, the spiritual dangers of hypocrisy are warned. In the New Testament, for example, Jesus Christ warns against it: “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, that is, of their hypocrisy. Because there is no secret that will not be discovered, nor anything hidden that will not be known ”(Luke 12: 1-2).
In addition, hypocrisy is considered a characteristic of false converts, of those who claim to believe in God but who do not feel it with their hearts, and who, for that reason, are doomed to hell.
Therefore, Jesus Christ warns that not everyone who simply says he believes in God the Father will enter the kingdom of heaven: “Many will tell me in that day: Lord, Lord, do we not prophesy in your name, and in your name we cast out demons And in your name we did many miracles? And then I will declare to you: I never met you; depart from me, doers of evil ”(Luke 13: 21-23).