Does the end justifies the means?
Its a common knowledge that falling inline at a government office is a nightmare (or a "daymare" as a friend said), at least most of the time. I needed a driver's license. Aside from other practical reasons, I will be losing more money wasting time falling in line at the LTO compared to paying a fixer to get it done for me. At an economist's point of view, paying a fixer is the best route. But does the end justifies the means? After few weeks of trying to come up to a right decision, I went through the legal way. Even if I don't understand why and wasn't convinced that I should do it, I went to LTO anyway "to fulfill all righteousness" as Jesus said (Matthew 3:15). Later I realized Jesus had more economical options too. ?'Abba, Father,' [Jesus] said, 'everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will,...'" Mark 14:36 Why did Jesus has to become a man and die like a sinner? Everything is possible with God, but why such a costly decision? God was clear about it: "For the wages of sin is death,..." Romans 6:23 "God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind." Number 23:19 That's His justice demands, because He is just. He cannot go against His word, because He is the Truth. And He doesn't want us to die but to live, because He is love. He does what He is. God said to Moses, ?I am who I am.? Exodus 3:14 That's the definition of character. Its being who you are, and acting out of it despite the availability of more convenient options. The saying that says "The end justifies the means" is a distortion of your character. You achieved your goal in the most economical and efficient way, but you twisted your values and principles, and in the end, if you keep twisting them, they will yield into a new "you", a different character. That's how Lucifer, the shining morning star, turned into Satan, the father of all lies.