The Cheater’s High

Here’s an interesting article I found a few months ago:

http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2013/09/dishonest-deeds.aspx

Now, why is there a cheater’s high?  Is it from the satisfaction of getting away with cheating?  Perhaps, as the article does not say.  It’s interesting that the article points out that those that cheated or benefitted from the “proctor’s” cheating for them seemed to have no problem with the cheating.  This brings up an issue that the article barely addresses in its final paragraph: the issue of morality. In the article linked above, Nicole Ruedy, of the University of Washington, said “The good feeling some people get when they cheat may be one reason people are unethical even when the payoff is small. It’s important that we understand how our moral behavior influences our emotions.” Did you catch that? Our moral behavior influences our emotions! I also submit that the reciprocal is true–our emotions influence our moral behavior if we don’t have a foundation on which to stabilize our morals. It seems to me that those who felt good about cheating–no matter how small the benefit of cheating–would already have it their minds and hearts that cheating–when the chance of getting caught or the perception of no harm being done–was actually situationally right.  Obviously, these would be people of questionable character because they truly have no problem with being dishonest.  The way I look at it is, if you have no problem with being dishonest in an experiment, you would have no problem being dishonest in real life.

If you are a Christian and your goal is to follow Jesus Christ and walk in His righteousness, cheating, lying, and dishonesty should be off-limits to you. Proverbs 29:27 says, “The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.” The two are on opposite ends of the continuum; they cannot coexist together.  Either you are righteous and upright or you are dishonest and wicked. Also, Luke 16:10 states, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” I think this is self-explanatory. However you are with little is how you will be with much. Don’t cheat; it’s dishonest. The Christian needs to be above that.  Of course, if you’re not a Christian, I suppose it doesn’t matter to you but just keep in mind that you’ll still have to explain yourself to God after you pass from this world.

 

Blessings,

Randall

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About august589

I'm currently a radio announcer but I'm currently pursuing a Master's in Mental Health Counseling degree. In these blogs, I want to bring a Biblical perspective to mental health and psychological issues that I find as I peruse the internet.
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