While we manipulated people to our own gain, we can have refined techniques that fool people into thinking that we are nice people with nice motives. We are even good at fooling ourselves. We look in the mirror and think, now that's a swell person. Yet, most of our behavior is targeted in trying to find some sense that we have value. Most us are willing to go to great means, manipulating and hurting other people, in order to accomplish that goal.
Now, with that said, I also think, deep down, that we really believe that we are fooling God too. The Evangelical God seems quite naive. After all, watch a little bit of Evangelovision ( "Christian TV"). The thinly veiled self adoration doesn't even fool a six year old. But they must think they are fooling God.
In my life, the most Evangelical people I've ever known, (what some would call "godly") was also the greatest masters of deception.
The reason I think they think they are fooling God is because these people, in their heart of hearts, really do believe in God. They also imagine Him as a God who has a potential of wrath. Yet they totally disregard His sense of justice and play these games with impunity. The school master is asleep in the back . . . in their minds.
I see a God who sees me like no one else, including myself. If we thought that Freud took it to an unbearable level, God knows us much deeper. There is no deceiving Him. So when I manipulate my wife (make her feel guilty) God knows it. He knows my true motives. He knows what's on my heart before I do.
But observe the Evangelicals. Their God has lost His glasses and finite in His ability to know us, to see us and understand us. We therefore can be the celestial tricksters.