Monday, October 14, 2013

day no. 12,775: the respective laws of hell and heaven‏

John 2:10

...Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.

The lure of sin is that it baits you with the best it can offer and switches to the worst it requires after you are hooked. This is the law of hell. Paint over dirt. Make things look great in order to cover up the magnitude of ugly that lies underneath.

The rule of Heaven is just the opposite. That which is enticing only gets better and better as you go further inward and upward.

C.S. Lewis said it this way, "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."

Or you may have heard it this way:

For the Christian, this life is as bad as life will ever be. For the unbeliever, this life is as good as life will ever be.

The law of sin is to take you further than you wanted to go, faster than you wanted to get there. Sin looks good on the surface. It seems like a good idea. It seems like it could satisfy.

But it's a shell game.

There is no substance underneath it.

It's water that makes you thirstier.
It's food that makes you hungrier.

It's a full that leaves you feeling empty, comfort that leaves you feeling vulnerable, and assurance that leaves you feeling paranoid.

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