Man is being tested by the Holy Trinity. God has created man with a brain that releases dopamine.
We are easily addicted to the seven deadly sins because the brain releases dopamine and dopamine is a chemical that makes us feel good. Since we like the way we feel, we learn to repeat the behavior.
The use of drugs can easily release two to 10 times the amount of dopamine compared to other activities such as food. Since drugs release high levels of dopamine, the brain struggles to regain its normal chemical balance after the substance wears off. Over time, prolonged use of a drug can lead the brain to stop producing dopamine as it naturally does. This creates depression and physical pain. The soul becomes addicted and needs to use the drug just to feel good, creating a cycle that becomes difficult to break. The brain is changed forever which causes the soul to be seriously tempted with sin for the rest of it's life.
All sin follows this path of being addicted to dopamine. We become slaves to the sin inorder to allow the brain to release dopamine and feel pleasure. Thus we will ignore discipline and consider spiritual things as nothing important. Or we may want to draw close to Jesus, but the addiction to sin is too strong, with the need for dopamine at such high levels, we can't say no to the sin.
Rom 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 7:5 While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.
Rom 7:14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin.
7:15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
7:16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
7:17 So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.
7:19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.
7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
7:21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
7:22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self,
7:23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. (The dopamine war.)
7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Rom 8:3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
8:4 in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
8:6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (If we set our minds on the Blood and Body of Christ, we will have life and peace. Life because we are intoxicated on the Blood of Christ and at peace because we carry the sins of others.)
8:7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot;
8:8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
8:9 But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.
8:10 But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness.
8:11 If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you.
8:12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—
8:13 for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.
8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”
8:16 it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
8:17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
Rom 13:13 let us conduct ourselves acceptably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
1 Cor 3:1 But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ.
3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready,
3:3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men?
1 Cor 15:50 I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
2 Cor 12:7 And to keep me (Paul) from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.
12:8 Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me;
12:9 but He (Jesus) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
3:2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?
3:4 Did you experience so many things in vain? —if it really is in vain.
Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another.
5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
5:15 But if you bite and devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another.
5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Do not gratify the brain by releasing dopamine.)
5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.
5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.
5:19 Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit,
5:21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.
5:24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
5:26 Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.
Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
6:8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Eph 2:1 And you He (Jesus) made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins
2:2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air (Lucifer), the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
2:3 Among these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of body and mind, and so we were by nature children of wrath, (God's wrath against all who love the dopamine.) like the rest of mankind.
Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the tricks of the devil.
6:12 For we are fighting against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
6:13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
6:15 and having equipped your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;
6:16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. (The flaming accusation from the devil at the Final Test.)
Mt 26:40 And He (Jesus) came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with Me one hour?
26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Mt 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?”
16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16:16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
16:17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Circumcision of the flesh.
The Lord (Jesus) appeared in His flesh to Abraham and spoke of a new promise. The Lord promised Abraham: Gn (17:4)
1) To be the father of a multitude of nations.
2) Exceedingly fruitful.
3) Kings shall come forth from Abraham.
4) All the land of Canaan.
In order to obtain these blessings, Abraham must have every male circumcised. Circumcision of the foreskin was a sign between Jesus and Abraham. This promise was marked in the flesh by cutting away the foreskin.
The question is, how does this pertain to us in the present age? We must realize the dopamine released in our brains causes mankind to chase and seek many things. In other words, mankind lusts after many things. We are required by God to deny our many lusts. Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, we must cut away activities pertaining to worldly things and study Jesus' Passion. When we deny ourselves in the name of Jesus, this can be likened to the mark caused by circumcision. Since we are denying ourselves in the name of Jesus, we give birth to the twelve virtues. The actual meaning is this:
1) Multitude of nations. (If we deny ourselves in Jesus name, we will give birth to many virtues. And these virtues can be categorized into 12 nations.)
2) Exceedingly fruitful. (Practicing virtue should be sweet to our spiritual tastes.)
3) Kings shall come forth. (After years of practicing the 12 virtues, the virtues rule our activities like kings.)
4) All the land of Canaan. (Abraham's descendants, the twelve tribes of Israel, divided the land of Canaan. We must realize how valuable the 12 virtues will be to us. The value can be likened to worldly men owning large amounts of property. It takes years of practicing the virtues to gain the "land of Canaan".)
To deny ourselves of the pleasure we gain from dopamine is truly diffucult and this pain can be likened to the pain experienced when the foreskin is cut away from sensitive flesh. Thus, very few souls are willing to leave the world and seek the sorrows of Jesus and Mary.