Last post we looked at the first delusion about temptation: that it comes from the external. Now let’s explore number two: that you are tempted because of your goodness.
People like to believe they are such a noble entity that the devil or some other supernatural power has singled them out for temptation. Sorry, I’m not buying it.
I believe the temptation comes from inside us, because we’re still clinging to our animal or base tendencies. We’re not tempted because of our goodness, but our sin. And by sin I mean sin in the true definition of the word: to miss the mark.
The path to enlightenment is growing through our temptations and using them to build character, knowledge and wisdom. To throw off the extraneous and get back to our true nature. This is the holy warfare we must face down if we wish to conquer our false self and attain the stage of illumination that is our true self.
That’s my take. What’s yours?