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Are we used to sin
By mint
3/16/2013 12:37:15 AM
"Some persons struggle to differentiate between what they term “soft-core” and “hard-core” pornography. Actually, one leads to another. How applicable is Alexander Pope’s classic “Essay on Man”:

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace"

This is from a talk by president Monson. I guess we could apply that essay to each of us. Are we so used to our addictions that we are comfortable with them. Do we "first endure, then pity, then embrace" these lifelong addictions. I wonder if we pull back the mask that we put on these sins, will we be scared enough to let go.

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Oh, yeah....    
"The first time I committed adultery, it made me extremely physically ill afterward because I felt so awful. Then, after a couple more times after that, I got used to it. Scary thought, about getting comfortable with sin...."
posted at 02:20:18 on March 16, 2013 by G1rlie


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