"Our first parents fell into open disobedience because already they were secretly corrupted; for the evil act had never been done had not an evil will preceded it. And what is the origin of our evil will but pride? For pride is the beginning of sin." Augustine, Sirach 10:13
R.C. Sproul agrees with Augustine's conclusion:
"Augustine...identifies the cause of the first transgression as pride. But he recognizes that the presence of pride is already evil. He does not shrink from declaring that the first actual sin was committed by creatures who were already fallen. They fell before they ate the fruit." (Sproul, Willing to Believe: The Controversy Over Free Will, p.53)
What is pride but a craving for undue exaltation? It is the perfect anti-God, anti-truth state of mind that transformed Lucifer into Satan. In man it is a darkened spirit—darkened mind, depraved conscience, will turned toward evil and soul (fleshy seat of passions)—-so inflated by conceit of 'self' and contempt for others that it abandons the only true Triune God (John 17:3) and it turns downward and in on itself and becomes a kind of end to itself. In turning away from the unchangeable, transcendent personal God the arrogant, insolent spirit/soul falls into the darkness and evil of its own imagination wherein it invents its' own imaginary reality and becomes its own satisfaction. This falling away is spontaneous because the mind and will did not remain steadfast in the love of the eternally unchanging personal Holy God. (St. Augustine, The City of God, Book XIV, trans. Marcus Dods et al., in Augustine, Basic Writings, 2:257-58; 14.13)
"For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD. The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God." Psalm 10:3-4
The character of the human mind and will is of great importance. For what are covetousness and theft but consent of an evil mind and wicked will to the unlawful taking and possession of what belongs to someone else? When evil thinking and consent of the will takes the form of denying the truth to others what is this but the lie? What are speech codes and hate crime laws but evil minds and wills offended by truth and righteousness? What is Darwinism and other modern natural philosophies and evolutionary cosmogonies but the inventions of evil minds, depraved consciences, and evil wills offended by God's creation, created order of being, the fall, Judgment and hell? And what is mockery of Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14; 8:58; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:8) and hatred of crosses, creches, Ten Commandments monuments, and prayer but consent of evil wills to hatred of God the Father and the righteous souls for whom His Divine Son died on the cross.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
The humble man's will is in submission to the only true God (Gen. 1; John 1). The humble man strives to live according to the will of God and to be a lover of truth and good, therefore a hater of lies and evil. He who lives according to God hates not the sinner, nor does he love the sin as politically correct tolerance requires him to do, but rather he hates the sin and seeks to lead the sinner to God.
The antithesis of the humble man, or good seed (Matthew 13:37), is the bad seed, the son of the evil one. The bad seed is the rebellious, wicked man who rejects God the Father and lives according to the dictates of his own evil will. The bad seed said Augustine ".. is like the devil.".
The wicked will of the son of the evil one is not in submission to God, truth and good but rather to self, vice and the infernal father of pride and evil. In respect of this, Augustine points out that, "...in all that we seek or shun, as a man's will is attracted or repelled, so it is changed and turned into these different affections."
This means for example that a thief is an evil mind and will attracted by sourish passions—-covetousness—to the unlawful possession of the property of others and when the evil will consents to act upon the attraction it is thereby changed into a thief, while a pedophile or murderer is a will attracted to the acting out of dark fantasies and upon consenting to acting upon them is thereby transformed into a pedophile or murderer.
In an interview conducted by Cathleen Falsani with Barack Obama in 2004 when he was running for the US Senate, Obama revealed that he is a man whose evil will is in accord with self, lies, and the evil one rather than God the Father, truth, and righteousness. When asked if he believes in heaven Obama's wicked will consented to a lie of omission with an undertone of contempt:
"Do I believe in the harps and clouds and wings?" (Barack Obama: Sin is being out of alignment with my values," by Giacomo, Godfather Politics, Mar. 10, 2012)
Falsani tried again, asking do you believe in a"...place spiritually you go to after you die?"
In response, the tap-dancing maestro of sophistry said,
"What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don't presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing."
It is well known that Obama's home church in Chicago was led by atheist Marxist Rev Jeremiah Wright, a god-man who equates his religion to his own evil will, for which reason his messages primarily consist of exhortations to hatred, covetousness, resentment, and envy.
It is axiomatic that like attracts like. Evil wills attract evil wills. Obama's evil will was attracted not only to Wright's but a long line of evil willed men, including Saul Alinsky who dedicated his book of malignant evil, "Rules for Radicals" to the devil:
"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom, Lucifer"
Whether Obama actually believes in the devil or not, his will is nevertheless in alignment with the devil's will, therefore he, Jeremiah Wright, Saul Alinsky, George Soros, Black Lives Matter, Hillary Clinton, EU elites, and all such people and organizations do the devil's work.
Thus it comes as no surprise that when Falsani asks Obama if he believes in sin his ready answer is 'yes.' But what is your definition of sin asked Falsani. For one whose conscience is depraved and whose will is in submission to self and the devil the answer is easy:
"Being out of alignment with my values."
When questioned more closely about the meaning of his values, the spiritually dead deceiver responds:
"(they are) the same thing as the question about heaven. In the same way that if I'm true to myself and my faith then that is its own reward; when I'm not true to it, it's its own punishment."
In other words, Obama's values are as non-existent to him as God the Father and heaven. Obama is his own god therefore sin is whatever or whoever his evil will consents to hate, envy, or be angered by. Conversely, good is whatever his will consents to the enjoyment of, or consents to take pleasure in. It is all about Obama and what his will consents to. On this basis, Obama's will consents to reward him for his 'good' behavior and punish those guilty of sins such as racism and homophobia---as defined by the depraved conscience and evil will of Obama, that is.
What is the origin of evil but the perverted choice of the proud man's wicked will? Pride (self-love), a depraved conscience, and an evil will go together, and because narcissism (pride) is at epidemic levels at every level of America, our society has fallen through the Looking Glass where evil willed Red Queens and Mad Hatters are rapidly seizing control of every aspect of our lives. They increasingly control our parks and neighborhoods. Our prisons are full of them. They are gaining control of our churches. They teach perversion dressed up as sex education to our youth. They have attained prominent and powerful positions at every level of society and are over-represented throughout politics, inside-the-beltway, Wall Street, Big Pharmacy, the State Department, Justice Department, Supreme Court, entertainment, education, seminaries, the art and music world, and lower courts.
"And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might." Deuteronomy 6:5 KJB
Pride (idolatrous love of self)is the beginning of sin, which is why Christianity clearly teaches that sin is man's disobedience of God. Because of man's idolatrous self-love and evil will, he only has the right to go to Hell which is why we need a Savior. The Savior is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ the Word become Flesh Who lived a sinless life, was crucified on the Cross for our sins, died, was buried and then rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He prepares a place for us.
C.S. Lewis once said that heaven is for all who say to God, "Thy will be done." Hell though, is for all evil-willed men who say, "My will be done." And so it will be.