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Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God. Not only is it sin, it is a perverse distortion of the image of the Creator in us. All these good things, and all our security, are rightly found only and completely in him. - Augustine, The Confessions of Saint Augustine Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a "necessary evil," it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil. - Sidney J. Harris This was how Susannah Wesley defined "sin" to her young son, John Wesley: "If you would judge of the lawfulness or the unlawfulness of pleasure, then take this simple rule: Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, and takes off the relish of spiritual things&md;that to you is sin." - Resource, July/August, 1990. "Ah! If our likeness to God does not show itself in trifles, what is there left for it to show itself in? For our lives are all made up of trifles. The great things come three or four of them in the seventy years; the little ones every time the clock ticks." - Alexander Maclaren No one knows the one-hundredth part of the sin that clings to his soul. - John Calvin According to sociologist Robert Bellah, "One of our current psychological gurus says that 98 percent of Americans are dysfunctional. No doubt he is right. He has just discovered original sin, though he is mistaken if he things 2 percent are without." - Our Daily Bread, April 19, 1995.