A celebrated Italian scholar spent his days & nights in his library among his precious volumes. One morning he was found dead in his chair.
There was no wound or mark of violence, no sign of struggle. The cause of the scholar's death remained a mystery until, upon drawing back the sleeve of his robe, his friends saw on his wrist a tiny spot of red.
Then they understood the cause of his death. The red mark told of the bite of an asp. The scholar had opened an old volume in which the small but venomous creature made its home & it had stung him to death.
What happened to that scholar in actual life often happens, figuratively, to those who defile the imagination with an evil book.
1 Thess 5:22 (GW): “Keep away from every kind of evil.”
“If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then it can't be filled with impure thoughts.” - David Jeremiah.