deception

The Gradual Slope to Hell

C. S. Lewis quote  the safest road to hell is the gradual oneLewis understood that most of us do not rush head first off the cliff into apostasy or ruinous unbelief.

Most of us do not go from upright citizen and supporter of our country to an act of traitorous betrayal.

There are very few who take the dramatic step from devoted spouse to flagrant and flippant adulterer.

Most of us do not go from worshippers to idolaters in the course of a week. It is so rare it is stunning when a white hot devotion becomes outright denial.

The Sin of Pride

Sin is such a devious aspect of our spirituality.  Although there are times when I am very aware of my sin at other times it is so subtle and deceptive.  Pride is one of the worst sins because it capitalizes not just on my failures but even more on my successes.  Just when I think I am making progress in some other area of sin, pride sneaks in and tells me what a fine person I am for avoiding this other failure.  Jeff Cook, in "Seven; The Deadly Sins and Beatitudes" writes "Pride is not thinking too much of myself; pride is thinking of myself too much." 

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