THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Commemoration of Maximilian Kolbe, Franciscan Friar, Priest, Martyr, 1941

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do 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 a 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 (1898-1963), Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan, 1952, reprint, HarperCollins, 2001, p. 142 (see the book; see also Heb. 4:14-15; more at Christ, Evil, Fight, Goodness, Knowledge, Life, Man, Strength, Temptation)

 
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