Something not genuine or truthful. It is pretending to be something when in reality it is only a hollow sham, such as “These people…honour
me with their lips, but their heart is far from me…” (Isa 29:13). Anything artificial is intended to portray an inaccurate impression,
trying to make something of a cheaper inferior value into what is more prized or valuable. Jesus referred to the religious leaders as
Am I a ‘real’ Christian or an imitation?
hypocrites for they only had a veneer or skin-deep outward superficial image, which was a false impression, as they had no genuine depth
of heart relationship. Everything that is dishonest or gives a false impression should be addressed in our lives (Eph 4:25; Col 3:9).
See also: deception, false, genuine,
hypocrite, image, imitate, insincerity.