The Worst Religion
St. Augustine says the following when examining the sin of our first parents:
"What is the origin of our evil will but pride? For 'pride is the beginning of sin.' And what is pride but the undue exaltation? And this is undue exaltation, when the soul abandons Him to whom it ought to cleave as its end, and becomes a kind of end to itself. This happens when it becomes its own satisfaction. And it does so when it falls away from that unchangeable good which ought to satisfy it more than itself." (St. Augustine, 10861)
He continues on: "By craving to be more, man becomes less; and by aspiring to be self-sufficing, he fell away from Him who truly suffices him." (10890)
Pride is the root of all sin, and such revolt against our created order will not go unpunished. Scripture reminds us that he who exalts himself will be humbled. Therefore, as Christians we have to reject with fury the age old religion in modern clothes that rejects heaven's design in self worship. We have to be skeptical of things we feel a natural bent towards, and mindful of what that "Outer Light" desires and requires.
May we follow in the words of Christ: daily denying ourselves, living wholly subject to Him.
Chesterton, G. K. Orthodoxy. 2012. Kindle Edition.
St. Augustine. City of God. Skyros Publishing. 2015. Kindle Edition.