Self Deception and the Bible. Leaving our biblical text readings unchallenged in Christian communities and churches means that we may be failing to recognize the deceptive power of our proof-texting preconceptions to control and tame the text. Our readings too frequently fall into the category of an appeal to Scripture, but lack the essential component of being addressed by it. Tendencies to self-deception and making it up as we go along run unchecked and often promote sinful ways and practices. Unless this changes, it’s unlikely that the Western church will be awakened from its anesthetic slumber.