We believe what suits us

Faults in the life breed errors in the brain,
And these, reciprocally, those again.
The mind and conduct mutually imprint
And stamp their image in each other’s mint.

William Cowper

Iain Murray, The Undercover Revolution, p.63

 

The success of error is owing chiefly to the state of mind into which it seeks entrance…if we suffer worldly lusts to obtain the mastery of reason and conscience, -we are in a fit state to welcome delusions, which may enable us in some measure to justify to ourselves a course on which inclination, not principle, has induced  us to enter.

John Brown, The Resurrection Life, quoted ibid.

We are more likely to justify our desired behaviour than behave according to principles of morality and truth.

 

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