Miroslav Volf in Exclusion and Embrace speaks of the pseduo-reality that sin in its power and pervasiveness brings on people. At the heart of sin is the displacing of God from the center and placing ourselves as God. From that comes a false sense of justice and goodness. What is wrong in God's eyes is right in our own eyes, and the more we give into this false "reality", the easier it becomes to be deceived and taken in by it. It makes all the sense in the world to us, and God's way as revealed in Scripture and in Christ makes little or no sense at all, certainly none at all if understood as God intends.
This brings a false shalom/peace and prosperity, which may last for a time, but sooner or later reality will catch up with this pseudo-reality. God in love works in kind and in stern ways to bring one back to their senses (like the lost son).
When we know something is wrong or doesn't seem right this can be an indication that God is trying to get us to see that we're living in a fiction rather than in his Story in Christ. I'd rather experience a little of God's reality than all of the pseudo-reality, as good as it may seem for a season.
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Miroslav Volf of course is not responsible for how I may have misused what he was saying, describing it to some extent in my own thoughts and words.