“What decides the purpose of life is simply the programme of the pleasure principle,” said Sigmund Freud. After 100 years of promoting the importance of the pleasure principle, indeed over-promoting it, today we have become devotees at its shrine. In this frightening complex world, many people try to calm their fears with earthly pleasure and self-indulgence. Solomon tried it hundreds of years ago, writing “whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,” only to conclude, “There was no profit under the sun.” But the Psalmist was inspired to urge us to turn to God for true pleasure, writing, “You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” And Jesus is the only way to God.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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