First published March 1, 2014
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
~ William Shakespeare
Sometimes, it's the Yetzer Hara that encourages certain Behaviour even though it can be justified by Holy Texts.
How can we discern?
Try Hillel's criteria -
D'alach Sknei, l'Chavrach lo Ta'aveid. That can sometimes be enough.