When we think we know the ways of God our so-called familiarity breeds contempt. We don’t see our blind spots, only the blind spots of others. If we see only the blind spots of others, only the planks in other people’s eyes, then we know something is amiss in us.
Here are the words of George MacDonald:
“Never did she question the truth of what she heard, and she became skilled in its arguments and forms of thought. But the more familiar one becomes with any religious system, while the conscience and will remain unawakened and obedience has not yet begun, the harder it is to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Such familiarity is a soul-killing experience.”
~ from The Lady’s Confession p. 62.
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