Tuesday, May 10, 2011

the only complete realist

No man knows how bad he is til he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of the wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means—the only complete realist -C.S. Lewis

This quote was shared today in my LDS Marriage and Family class, and I'm in awe of it. C.S. Lewis has put temptation into a perspective that I have never in my life considered. To think that those who give in to temptation are the sheltered human beings in this life is unheard of, but unbelievably true. I love this.

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