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Temptation in The Garden

Some thoughts from Gerald May’s “Addiction & Grace” compiled by David Vraza MA.

The Genesis 3 account of temptation involves something enticing and forbidden. May writes, “It seems to me that free will is given to us for a purpose; so that we may choose freely, without coercion or manipulation, to love God in return, and to love one another in a similarly perfect way. This is the deepest desire of our hearts.” Our purpose is love, but addiction is the enemy. “Psychologically, addiction uses up desire. It is like a psychic malignancy, sucking our life energy into specific obsessions and compulsions, leaving less and less energy available for other people and other pursuits. Spiritually, addiction is a deep-seated form of idolatry. The objects of our addictions become our false gods.”

Do you find that pornography is sucking your time and energy and hindering your ability to love? Come and join us at NewPath on Monday evenings in a quest to reclaim your time and energy for your true objects of love.

For more information, please call 763-566-0088 and speak to our Client Services Coordinator or stop by the NewPath Mental Health Services office at 8401 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 340, Golden Valley, MN 55426 to find out about services you are interested in.


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