(edited from Thomas Reade's, "On Christian Privilege")
Man is naturally blind to his real condition, as a
guilty, condemned sinner. Enjoying the pleasures
of time, he never inquires after those of eternity.
Satisfied with earth, he feels no desire for
heaven, except as it presents to his mind
an exemption from pain and suffering.
All men naturally prefer ease to pain. Hence
heaven on this account is preferable to hell.
Such is the estimate which wretched fallen
man forms of heavenly bliss!
Ignorant of himself, and ignorant of God,
he is led captive by Satan at his will, until
Sovereign Grace redeems him out of the
hand of the enemy.