. . . immoral actions are still immoral actions. Examine works like Macbeth, The Telltale Heart and Crime and Punishment and consider the themes. People think they can get away with things because they have made careful excuses about them. But they are still wrong, and it haunts them. At least it haunts some of them. Some people have such seared consciences that they eventually are immune to guilt.
This happens all the time when people rationalize abortion as being good for the kids being killed. Seriously, I’ve seen countless Christians say, “But otherwise they’d be poor!” Note to self: Don’t take those people on mission trips. At least not with any weapons.
It happens with divorce as well. “The kids will be better off this way.” Isn’t it interesting how easy it is for people to indulge their desires while simultaneously crediting themselves with helping children?
It also happens with homosexuality and other sexual sins: They need to sleep together before marriage to ensure they are compatible, etc. They say that if the sinful relationships are “committed and loving” then they are OK and the Bible is wrong. Indeed.
We can all do this. I joke that I have the spiritual gift of rationalization. But that isn’t a good trait. We should consume the word of God daily and strive to be conformed to his image.