There are three manifestations of faith: belief, disbelief and hypocrisy.
Possibly the most dangerous slope to be on is that of hypocrisy. Being two-faced is not only smart-alecky and dishonorable, it is also hazardous for the self and the soul for it is easier to recover from disbelief to belief than it is to recover from hypocrisy. Hypocrisy twists reality so inexorably that it is almost impossible to shake-off the real-time blindness that it propagates.
What is the nature of a hypocrite’s journey?
To start off, he suffers from a variety of temptations, crucibles of false hopes and expectations. He thinks he knows better. So, he is prone to cutting corners, short-changing, misleading, reversing positions and breaking promises wantonly while manufacturing excuses and justifications. Beholden only to self, he is oblivious of pain inflicted on others, and equally unaware of the pain he is going to be visited with because of his pretensions.
Secondly, he is hesitant about accepting the truth, heedless of its profound nature and manifest quality. Somehow he cannot bring himself to belong to the faithful’s corner.
Then, he justifies his covert dismissiveness by casting doubts and being suspicious about the truth even though the proof may be suffocatingly clear. He takes refuge in ruse and subterfuge.
Eventually he suffers enormous guilt over his actions; guilt generated by the perspective presented by the truth. Even his arrogance does not spare him the self-inflicted pain born of misdeeds and undoings of a false protagonist. So, to relieve himself, he stops paying lip-service to the truth. His suspicions and doubts morph into total disbelief. Thus, through total denial, he attempts to spare himself further pain that his duplicity has caused. By finally abandoning any liaison with truth whatsoever, he no longer has any reason for guilt and pain.
The destructiveness of hypocrisy is total and rarely reversible. Both here and hereafter become sorely compromised. So, one must stop playing games, appearing to be what one is not, saying what one does not mean, befriending with an intent to letting down, beguiling with an ulterior motive and pretending being spiritual and righteous.
So, it is best not to live on the sword’s edge. Abusing others’ trust could and does easily lead to disenchantment and distress when all human connections and bonds unravel. Those two elements are potent determinants of self-abuse through subsequent ill-advised, behavioral choices.
[Elaboration based on an authentic source]