Why do people behave contrary to their beliefs?
Very insightful and deeply challenging as ever!
It is obvious because convictions like pro-life or no sex before marriage, are great in theory, but in practice is a different case. It easy to spout our convictions, but alot harder to live them when the rubber meets the road. Life is hard and stressfull, so we will find the easy way out whenever we can that is just human nature, one does not need to be a genius to see that. It is very difficult to resist sex at the heat of the moment, we were programmed to reproduce , sex and hunger are very powerful drives and convictions go out the window under those pressures.
Good thoughts on this one. I'm working on a lesson for 1 Kings 11, talking about the end of Solomon's reign. This is a timely read for that - opportunity vs theory. Much easier to resist temptation when you're not close to it. However, avoiding it (flee) helps quite a bit as well. We all start thinking that we're too strong to fall for some given temptation, but as we start getting closer and closer, we get desensitized and familiar to it and put ourselves in a position to fall. Much easier to not fall if we set those boundaries and stay strong in the first place. (And easy to type that as opposed to put in practice, of course.)
I've posted on FB about this post. It is one of the most significant and helpful concepts I've read lately. Thank you so much.
This was the topic of my dissertation some years back. I also found that proximity to the rewards/consequences to the self affected how we decided to stick to our own moral convictions or not. The digital proximity to an “easy solution” like abortion is a great extension to the idea of proximity. I suppose if you choose to search for it, the emotional/ physical/ spiritual consequences to abortion might be proximal as well and could help us make a better long term decision.