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In the novel Moby Dick Captain Ahab is frightened by what he sees in himself. He asks the question that many of us have asked: “What is it, what nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing is it; what cozening, hidden lord and master, and cruel, remorseless emperor commands me; that against all natural lovings and longings, I so keep pushing, and crowding, and jamming myself on all the time; recklessly making me ready to do what in my own proper, natural heart, I durst not so much as dare?” John Calvin answers the question by saying, “There remains in us a smoldering cinder of evil, from which desires continually leap forth to allure and spur to commit sin.” There is a blackness in our hearts that we must take seriously.

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