Is "Temptation" an Outmoded Concept?
September 1, 2013
People will resist eating fats and sugars because they are unhealthy. But they think nothing of indulging toxic and self-destructive desires.
(Revised from Sept. 2011)
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
"Rule your mind or it will rule you." -- Horace
"It's all good" -- popular expression c. 2011
"I can resist anything except temptation," - Oscar Wilde, Homosexualist
Most people act like the concept of "temptation" is a relic of a bygone era.
Yet in their hearts, I think they know the concept has never been more timely and urgent than it is today.
A woman asked a newspaper advice column recently:
"I've been in a relationship for many years with the same guy. I love him, but I've recently discovered I might be more attracted to members of the same sex. Should I tell him? Should I end it? Is there something psychologically wrong with me?"
The psychologist Dr. Joti Samra replied:
"First and foremost, there is absolutely nothing that is psychologically wrong with you for having questions about your sexual orientation.... One's true sense of sexual orientation is not a choice ... If you feel that your partner is someone you could talk to openly, and without judgment, you could certainly gently raise the issue with him."
This lady has a passing fancy for other ladies. No wonder, the media is full of it. It's the latest thing. So she raises it with her boyfriend. If he isn't also brain-dead, he will not be happy to learn that his future wife, and the mother of his children, his rock and solace, is a closet lesbian.
Wouldn't it be smarter to shut up and let it pass?
Do we have to indulge every attraction we feel, even if it is destructive to us and the people we supposedly love?
Say she were attracted to other men. Should she act on that too? Discuss it with him? Most heterosexuals are sexually attracted to many members of the opposite sex. But if they are already committed to someone they care about, they repress it. They recognize it as temptation.
Suppose this woman was sexually attracted to children? Would the psychologist OK that as well?
"One's true sense of sexual orientation is not a choice.." Believe me, this kind of logic leads to pedophilia. After that, bestiality.
People will resist eating fats and sugars because they are unhealthy. But they think nothing of indulging toxic and self-destructive desires like porn or gambling.
True religions see man as the interface between spirit (God) and matter (animal.) Man is like a little boy (spirit) riding an elephant (body.) He must restrain his animal instincts. He must be able to recognize temptation and resist it.
There are two possible strategies. One is to indulge the desire and show the elephant that the thing it wants is not that great. In fact, it is drab and boring. It's best if the temptation can be discredited and the desire disappears.
If that doesn't work, and indulging the temptation makes it grow more powerful and destructive, one must quit cold turkey.
DEVELOPING RESTRAINT MUSCLES
Our "secular" society is a stepping stone to the Illuminati's satanism. The satanist does not recognize the dichotomy between spirit and matter. He denies the existence of spriit and sees humans as animals. He finds salvation in self-indulgence, not self-restraint. "Do what thou wilt," is the satanist motto.
We are like Eve in the garden, subjected to temptation 24/7. Money. Sex. Food. Material things. Power. Fame. TV is full of gorgeous bodies.
They have abolished the very concept of temptation.We have been disarmed, and made vulnerable to all these appeals.
We see it. We want it. We are no longer able to discern what is good and what is self-destructive. With abundant credit, some people don't understand that things need to be paid for.
We need to rediscover self-restraint. An alarm must go off in our mind every time we are tempted.
Quickly we will discover that the rewards of self-restraint far exceed self-indulgence. We will feel as much self confidence and pride from exercising our spiritual muscles as we do from an intense physical workout.
Spiritual discipline gives life challenge and definition. We become Self-centered in terms of our higher self, obeying a new Master. As we purify and exert ourselves, we begin to enter into the fourth dimension, the moral dimension. We begin to experience the person we were meant to be.
I'd like to hear your stories about recognizing and overcoming temptation.
Related - How to Worship God
The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil."
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