We often think that we can ‘handle it’ when it comes to sin. We subject ourselves to it voluntarily when we watch television and we just pass it off as something we can handle. Sin has an eroding effect much like water and the sun will over time. Water, given enough time, will destroy anything. The sun has the same power. Sin, given enough time, will subtly change your perceptions, desires, and loves. This is the worst kind of self-abuse. We allow sexual perversion into our life thinking that our own maturity can ‘handle it.’ But the more we afflict ourselves with it, the more we are subtlety changed. Ultimately, the greatest sexual abuse perpetuated on us is not what others do to us against our will, but what we allow our eyes and senses to see of our own free will. People do change. Some change because of trauma—this is often an instantaneous change. Most, however, change slowly, a little here and a little there as they subject themselves to abuse—something used wrongfully or improperly.The mind becomes subtly altered when subjected repeatedly to something and begins to accept what once was considered unacceptable. Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, said, “If you say a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” And to those who chose to listen to the lie, eventually they will see it as the truth. This is self-abuse. For most of us, our problem is not sexual abuse, but sexual self-abuse.