Behaving in a Moral Way Takes Will Power!

This One Really Caught My Attention!
"Behaving in a moral way takes will power," says Alex Lickerman, M.D., author of The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing in Indestructible Self. "Unfortunately, will power is a weak mental force that declines as the day goes on or as you use it."

How many times do you hear someone talk about "people are naturally good?" Well, this particular scientific study on moral behaviors has a different vantage point. 

The Loss of Guilt

guilt guiltyI don't want to make you feel guilty.
That was the comment made by the speaker during a great seminar I heard. I immediately found myself wondering - why not? After all - I was guilty and I suspect most of the listeners were guilty. What do I mean - I was guilty?

Well, I was guilty because I wasn't doing the things the speaker presented as good, right and true. Not only that, but as moral guidance and more, moral imperative from an impressive source - namely the God of the Old and New Testament scripture.

33 Things We No Longer Believe

Or Believe In, Or Believe in the Way We Use To

Peter Kreeft, in a book he wrote 20 years ago - C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium insightfully and profoundly analyzes our contemporary world and culture. He provides a list of 33 values, beliefs, "things" that have gone "out of stye." These things are now considered quaint, primitive, relics of old religion that is ridiculous.

If we do use the language of these things, we have redefined them so that the "ancients" would not recognize them in their new forms. Truthiness is not Truth, even if it wants to borrow the term. Truthiness is lack of Truth... Truthiness is spin-doctoring so that truth is whatever you would like it to be. At one time we knew how to identity such things. They were not called "truth." They were opinions and interpretations. Worse, they were mistakes and errors. Worse still, they were heresies and blasphemies. But not today. Not for us.

Good and Evil

Saying Yes and Saying No
Here is a quote that was simple, direct and very inspiring to me. It comes from, Reading for Preaching by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. (pp. 36-37)

"At its core, true religion has to do not just with kindling our passions, but also with aiming them in the right direction. The world is full of good. The Godly person will say YES to it with all her heart and then act accordingly.

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