Pride n. That terrible thing that lets you feel good about yourself.
I certainly don’t think that there is anything wrong with a reasonable amount of pride. Pride is a basic building block of self-esteem. From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pride
1. A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect.
2. Pleasure or satisfaction taken in an achievement, possession, or association: parental pride.
3. Arrogant or disdainful conduct or treatment; haughtiness.
a. A cause or source of pleasure or satisfaction; the best of a group or class: These soldiers were their country's pride.
b. The most successful or thriving condition; prime: the pride of youth.
5. An excessively high opinion of oneself; conceit.
6. Mettle or spirit in horses.
7. A company of lions. See Synonyms at flock1.
8. A flamboyant or impressive group: a pride of acrobats.
As I say, I don’t have a problem with pride, if there is something one can point to and be proud of, but if you’re a Christian, pride is a mortal sin, and only definition #5 above should be considered. This is true of course, because the god takes the credit for anything positive that you might accomplish, while the human weakness and failure part is all you. This makes you a good little needy churchgoer with no self-esteem. Yup, pride is one of the seven deadly sins, and the bible says so.
Scriptures Related to the Sin of Pride
Prov 11:2, "When pride comes, then come dishonor."
Prov 16:18, "Pride precedes destruction, and before a fall there is a lifestyle of pride."
Prov 23:29, "A person's pride will bring him low, but a lifestyle of humility will attain honor."
Rom 12:3, "For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you, stop thinking of self in terms of pride beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine."Pride is defined in terms of the sin of jealousy in
Jam 3:14-16, "But if you have bitter jealousy and inordinate ambition in your right lobe, stop being arrogant, and stop lying against the truth [Bible doctrine]. This pseudo wisdom is not that which comes from above, but is earthly, natural, and demonic. For where jealousy and inordinate ambition exist there is disorder and every evil deed."
Prov 13:10, "Through pride comes strife, but wisdom is with those who receive instruction."
1 Pet 5:5, "Likewise you younger men be subject to the elder [pastor], and all of you cloth yourselves with humility toward one another. `For God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble.' Therefore, humble yourselves under the powerful hand of God, that He may promote you at the proper time."
The comments in brackets are from a zealot that wanted to be sure we knew how self-serving these verses truly are. Ok, the Bible seems pretty clear on the subject of pride... so, “WHAT'S ALL THIS THEN?”
Apparently, pride is no longer a sin if you are willing to add it to your shopping cart.