Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Destructive Nature of Sin

James 1:14-16 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Paul Harvey tells the story of how an Eskimo kills a wolf that offers insight into the consuming, self-destructive nature of sin.

"First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood, and another, until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood. "Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly now, harder and harder the wolf licks the blade in the arctic night. So great becomes his craving for blood that the wolf does not notice the razor-sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue, nor does he recognize the instant at which his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his OWN warm blood. His carnivorous appetite just craves more--until the dawn finds him dead in the snow."

1 comment:

  1. I've heard this example before and I completely agree with it. Sin is and will always (at least until Jesus comes back) look appetizing but will conceal within it death. In the example the wolf licks the knife and soon cannot differentiate between the blood on the knife and its own blood. Sin is exactly the same way. We continue in it until we can't see the difference between right and wrong and we don't even notice that we're slowly and destroying ourselves. This is an amazing example to use to describe this process.


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