People are easily influenced to wrong. Although deep inside they recognize and accept what is good, it is easier to be influenced by evil, since in this case it is the devil himself who serves as the canonarch.
|Igor Mashkov - Holy Equal to the Apostles Princess St Olga Enters the Church of Holy Wisdom in Constantinople|
The sweet road downhill is easy to find because the model of temptation is to push God’s creatures sweetly down the hill. Christ has nobility. He tells us:
“This is the right way; “If any man would come after Me…” He does not say, “Like it or not, you must come with me.”
The devil, by contrast, is cheap and deceitful. He will try anything to trap human beings in his own devices.
God respects human freedom because He did not create slaves but sons and daughters. Even though God foreknew the Fall of human nature, He did not create us to be slaves. He preferred to come and be incarnated and crucified in order to gain man’s favor and consent. This freedom that God has given us is an opportunity for going through a sifting process, for coming clean, even thought the devil can still do a lot of damage. The content of each heart will come to the open; love will show through.