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To Trap a Quail

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Trapping quail is an excellent illustration of the way things which may not be wrong in themselves can lead to trouble.
First, a trap is built. Then, grain is scattered a few yards from it. The birds find and eat the grain. Each night grain is placed closer to the trap. Finally, it is put inside the trap and the quail are snared.
Now, there was nothing wrong with the grain. There was nothing wrong with the quail eating it. Their attraction to the grain made the trap seem not to threaten. The trap looked like a harmless box until it was too late.
A television set looks like a harmless box. There is nothing wrong with some of the things that appear on the screen. There are people who buy one with the intent never to watch anything sordid or evil. However, as time goes on, the sordid seems less demeaning, the evil seems less offensive. They find them­selves watching things that were to them offensive just a few months ago. Familiarity builds tolerance. Like the quail, people are trapped by an innocent looking box.
It is difficult to make people under­stand how that which is not bad in itself can lead to sin. Our senses are some­times dulled by our association. For that reason Paul wrote, "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good man­ners" (1 Cor. 15: 33).
Just as a constant bombardment softens the walls of a fortress, constant exposure to evil weakens our defenses against sin. We must not be ignorant of Satan's devices. 


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