Stories about machinations are fascinating. Many ancient Chinese classics have insightful illustrations. The teaching mainly blows the weakness of human nature. For example: “to frustrate a good strategy through temptation,”; or “to reduce a person”s alertness through indulgence,” and most exciting, “to trap leaders with their pride.” Compared these machinations with the story in Genesis: “The fruit was good for food, and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom(see Genesis 3:6)” Aren’t they the causes our patriarch was fallen? Aren’t these machinations also the exercise of wickedness: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life(see 1 John 2:16)? Many people are obsessed with these machinations, but scholars in leadership now highlight the importance of integrity. Imagine a bulging wall. It bursts and collapses in an instant. The picture illustrates the negative consequences the Lord says in the Bible when we manage problems with earthly tricks and wickedness instead of godly integrity (see Isaiah 30). It seems that the Bible tells us our sinful nature, not for us to take advantage of, but for us to be vigilant. I am not sure if it is the true meaning of “be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16).”