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Moral perversion. What is it and what is the mechanism by which it occurs? How about the following definition: A moral pervert is a person who is a slave to patterns of thought and behavior that are morally wrong (in violation of God's law and in conflict with the light that God has put within us). Examples: liar, cheat, thief, profligate, homosexual. What is the mechanism by which people become perverts? Aristotle gives us the answer: people acquire a particular character, he says, through repeatedly performing an act. In the case of moral perversion this translates into, "people become perverts through repeatedly performing some wrong act". Liars become liars, for example, through repeated acts of lying. Let us take lying for an example. Character is formed mostly in the years of childhood. The roots of perversion generally go back to the childhood years --- to the moral acts, choices, decisions, etc. occurring in the years of growing up. A child lies for the first time. He finds it is easy and he gets away with it. He does it a second time. And then a third. It becomes a habit. A way of thinking, acting and responding is being formed. Lying and deception become more and more an integral part of his being and character. This particular pattern becomes part of him and will probably continue as an integral part of his character the rest of his life. It becomes part of his affections and outlook. He likes deceit, is drawn to it. Let us consider stealing. The same thing happens. A child does it once. It was easy and he gets away with it. He does it again. And then again. Friends may be involved. They may have introduced him to it. He does it more. It is a very easy way to get those things that his heart desires. And he enjoys doing it. It adds some excitement to life. It becomes a habit. A way of thinking and acting is slowly and subtly becoming established. A certain pattern is slowly taking over his mind and becoming an integral and fixed part of his character. The habit that started as a thread gradually becomes a cable. The same thing happens in the case of the profligate and the homosexual. A wrong act is done once. It is enjoyed --- found to give pleasure. It is done again. And then again. And again. And it finally ends becoming an integral part of the character. We are talking about sin. Sin first entices and enchants. Then it enslaves. The sinner becomes a slave to his sin. He becomes caught in a snare, a trap from which he can't extract himself. And he got into the trap from the wrong choices and decisions that he made in his childhood. And there is a casualty in surrendering to sin: that casualty is conscience, that knowledge of right and wrong within us, that light within us. That light is extinguished. The sinner sins then he says, "Have I sinned? No, I have not sinned." Good character is formed in a similar way. A child finds himself in a situation where it would be convenient and easy to lie. But this child won't even allow himself to consider the option. It is wrong! He must tell the truth no matter how hard it is or what the consequences may be! And he musters the strength and courage to tell the truth. Later he again finds himself in such a situation. Again he tells the truth --- even though doing so may bring some hard consequences for himself (such as a whipping --- where Father says,"Did you break this? And he says, "Yes"). In fact he builds up a pattern of not only always telling the truth but of always doing the right thing --- even in difficult situations where doing the right thing is the difficult thing to do. Doing right becomes an integral part of his character, a part of his nature. He is conscientious. He always does a good job on whatever he does. He never cheats. There is a higher principle operating within him. He lives by a higher law. He has within him a light that tells him how he ought to act and behave. And he is obedient to that light. He has within him a love of Right and Goodness and an aversion for Badness. He learns to be guided by his intellect and intuition in choosing his friends and in avoiding bad types of people. He, too, as with the pervert, is developing for himself a particular set of outlooks, values and attitudes that will become a permanent part of his character and that will serve him on his journey through life. And he will, like others, have his own particular "wavelength" (a particular "tune that he dances to", a particular "language" that only he and others like him would understand). He becomes a right-thinking, right-acting person of discipline. And underneath it all is probably a fear of God and love of God and allegiance to God. Jan 1998 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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