“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one...
By Hugh Akston
“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot,
without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,...
Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Leisure is the easiest way to hell, avoiding hard work, taking the easy path, avoiding confrontation. What they do in the privacy of their own home… What consenting adults do is none of my business… it’s their “Choice”, I would never do it myself…
When it comes into the public domain it is my business. If you want to keep it private then keep it private, do not bring it out for public discussion. The slip in to homosexuality on TV started years ago a few movies the weekly shows with a “Questionable character”, to a full blown show like Will and Grace about the Homosexual lifestyle and today we have LOGO Channel Aimed at the “Identity challenged” people.
As the push for Gay Marriage continues; after all what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home… The claim that it is only about gay couples and not “Other forms of Marriage”; is now being shown for a lie as the Movie “Yellow” comes out looking at consensual incest as a valid form of Marriage. What about consensual Marriage between brothers or sisters? Would that be consensual incest, or gay marriage?
Now the way from the River was rough, and their feet tender by reason of their travels; so the soul of the Pilgrims was much discouraged because of the way. Wherefore still as they went on, they wished for better way. Now a little before them, there was on the left hand of the road a Meadow, and a Stile to go over into it, and that Meadow is called By-path-Meadow. Then said Christian to his fellow, If this Meadow lieth along by our way-side, let's go over into it. Then he went to the Stile to see, and behold a Path lay along by the way on the other side of the fence. 'Tis according to my wish, said Christian, here is the easiest going; come good Hopeful, and let us go over.
Hope: But how if this Path should lead us out of the way?
Christian: That's not like, said the other; look, doth it not go along by the way-side? So Hopeful, being persuaded by his fellow, went after him over the Stile. When they were gone over, and were got into the Path, they found it very easy for their feet: and withal, they looking before them espied a man walking as they did, (and his name was Vain-confidence) so they called after him, and asked him whither that way led? He said, To the Celestial Gate. Look, said Christian, did I not tell you so? By this you may see we are right. So they followed, and he went before them. But behold the night came on, and it grew very dark, so that they that were behind lost the sight of him that went before.
He therefore that went before (Vain-confidence by name) not seeing the way before him, fell into a deep Pit, which was on purpose there made by the Prince of those grounds, to catch vain-glorious fools withal, and was dashed in pieces with his fall.
- John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress
As we can see this idea of ‘Gradual” change is not new; it is old age Satanism, make it the “easy path” for that is the way most men will choose. Sometimes the Hard way is the right way. There is a clear cut between right and wrong, with no 50 shades of gray between them. “Someone just left it there so I took it” is theft; it was not yours to take, you knew it was not yours when you took it, it is still someone else’s property; so no matter how you justify it or to cover it with shadows to make it gray, it is still theft. It is the “Gray area” arguments that try to justify improper behavior or “Situational Ethics” as the Regressives call it. It is still wrong, but pride makes us justify our actions and when we know our actions are wrong, we want others to believe we are good decent people, even if we know differently.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. -- - Saint Augustine of Hippo
So even as we want to do better for others we need to be careful of our actions, our attempts to make life easy for the poor makes them slaves of ease I would recommend you read the Lyrics to “Well fed slave, Hungry free man” by Lucky Dube. It says much. The three basic needs of man are , food, clothing and shelter, in that order according to the sociologists. The problem is to supply the needs to the poor without enslaving them, the best way to do so is to avoid making them comfortable in their poverty; provide the three basics without any luxuries, basic food, not top Steaks, Lobster and Shrimp; basic clothing not designer fashions, basic shelter not with a three car garage, in ground pool and a Jacuzzi. Let them earn the extras by working, do not take the basics from them until they can stand on their own. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the gates of heaven.
- John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress
We have gone far down the path and the sooner we turn around the sooner we can recover; it will not be easy but we must make the effort.
It is easy to go down to hell; night and day the gates of Dark Death stand wide; but to climb back up again, to retrace one's steps to the open air, their lies the problem, the difficult task.
- VIRGIL, The Aeneid
Just my thoughts for today