Tuesday, 12 October 2010


'Many counseling systems are obsessed with locating the reasons for current problems in the distant past. The Bible's worldview is much more straightforward. Sin emerges from within the person. The fact that a pattern of craving became established many years before - even that it was forged in a particular context, perhaps influenced by bad models or by experience of being sinned against - only describes what happened. For example, past rejections do not cause a craving to be accepted by others any more than current rejections cause that craving. The occasions of a lust are never its cause. Temptations and suffering do push our buttons, but they don't create those buttons. That brings huge hope for change in the present by the grace of God.'
David Powlison, Seeing with New Eyes, p.155.