A downward progression starts as a sin with few consequences develops into a sin with painful consequences. Scripture explains this progression and uses several metaphors and principles in doing so. There are differences between the early and later stages of certain sins.
- Lies and broken promises take their toll on relationships.
- The addictive substance feels more like a family member and friend and it is hard to imaging life without it.
- The addictive behavior serves more and more purposes as it is practiced. At first, a purpose for drinking was to be accepted by one’s peers. Later, alcohol was used for comfort, release of pain, punishing a parent of spouse, punishing oneself, and dozens of other reasons. The more purposes that are attached to the addictive behavior, the more the addiction will seem identical to life itself.
- The body gradually feels sick, malnourished and craves more.
- Hopelessness and guilt feel like they can only be banished by the next indulgence.
- We begin to believe our lies. What started as lying to others has turned against us. We tried to keep other people from seeing our private addictions; now we can barely see them ourselves. We once tried to persuade others that we didn’t have a problem; now we have persuaded ourselves that we don’t have a problem. When we are blind to our own problem, there is no reason to change. (Welch, 38)
To summarize; "practiced, repeated sin results in slavery, a multitude of painful consequences and God abandoning people to their own desires so they are always left wanting one more. Such a profile can only be described as a great tragedy"(Welch, 39). But there is hope; that is what "A Lighthouse With Healthcare Solutions is all about.