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Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Beguiling Sense of Remoteness

Why do people react instantly to physical threat, yet seem indifferent to spiritual threat? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 528).

The key differences in perceived proximity and immediacy are the determining factors in response magnitude. Even physical threats that are perceived as remote can have little impact (for example): an unhealthy diet, a possibly approaching storm many miles away, or smoking tobacco. Due to a deceptively abstract aspect, spiritual matters can appear on the distant horizon, when, in fact,–like an unhealthy diet–the impact is subtle yet immediate.  While spiritual discipline is hands-down preferable to complacency and sloth, spiritual inertia (like its twin, physical inertia) is hard to overcome due to a disarmingly deceptive sense of remoteness.   

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