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    The paradox of sin's captivity

    "The will of man without grace is not free, but is enslaved, and that too with its own consent." - Martin Luther

    Its called "stockholm syndrome", an apparently paradoxical phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them

    Posted by John on March 24, 2012 10:24 AM


    I like the metaphor that John Piper uses. Like someone that order you to stand up of your chair and you refuse, not because you lack legs, but that you like that chair too much to stand.

    I would say it is like a drug addiction; but it is worse. It is the person's nature. He cannot do other.

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