From Heavenly to Hellish
For in his own eyes he flatters himself too
much to detect or hate his sin.
When evil impulses are incubating deep within the human heart, it is often hard for us, as well as others, to detect it. The Psalmist says we flatter ourselves and become experts at self-justification. And as we become consumed by the evil desires within, outwardly we engage in lies and deceit. The progress of wickedness is often slow and plodding at first, but with time it consumes the whole person, toppling the entire edifice.
In his book, Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis wrote, “Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature; either a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven; that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.”
—Eric Kampmann, Signposts