Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Love Versus Lust

"Original sin is the mystery of man turning his back on the Father. 'Original sin attempts, then, to abolish fatherhood, destroying its rays which permeate the created world, placing in doubt the truth about God who is love.' Through original sin, man casts God out of his heart, detaching himself from what is 'of the Father' so that all that remains in him is what is 'of the world.' In this way, we witness the birth of human lust. As the apostle John tells us, lust 'is not of the Father but is of the world' (1 John 2:16). However . . . marriage, including the sexual love proper to spouses, is not 'of the world' but 'of the Father.' Deep in the human heart a battle rages for dominance between the two---between that which is 'of the Father' and that which is 'of the world.' A battle rages between love and lust, between hope and despondency, between life and all that opposes life." --Christopher West

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