Monday, August 15, 2005

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

pride n.
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.


At 5:59 AM, Blogger Skull_Duggery said...

A 6" glowing cross? Come on now, what's next? Pardon me while I stick my fingers down my throat to relieve this feeling in my gut..

Fortunately I never subscribed to the school of thought that pride was such a bad thing. Blame my mother, she made me feel good about myself. I never saw any reason to change that viewpoint until I hit adolescence, but I'm happy to report that I got over that phase.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Delta said...

Bah, christians don't care what's in the bible. The most popular beliefs of christianity, like a personal jesus who you pray to, isn't even in the bible. It was just made out of thin air to help with donations.

Good post!

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Willy Jo said...

Quarinthians 10:12
Ohh lard please forgvith my sinniths for i dernt no what in tard nations gotten into my fowl evil sole that wich becons me to condem those bibble thumpin, self righteous, everyone is goin to hell, batches of the tarn.

may the firey pits rise up from the depths of the hell beests pit and consume those dum batches into the neverendin damnation and may they sit next to the beest wich is there master Beelzeboobs


At 6:37 PM, Blogger Kalanchoe542 said...

Speaking of boobs, Willy, that's my point of pride. Always did have nice big ones, and I am right proud of 'em. Let's see how many fundies I can give the heebie-jeebies with that little statement!!
What do you think, guys, should I be proud of my nice big 'uns?

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At 8:25 PM, Blogger Rev. Barky said...

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Years ago I attended college at the University of Minnesota, (Duluth UMD).
Duluth was once a very wealthy city and in the later half of the century it began to crumble. The jobs went, the houses fell over and the steets were like pitted and broken. The Mayor's solution was to post signs all over town: "We're Duluth, and proud of it!" Any moron could see that the city was in shambles. Isn't is sad when people
squirt whipped cream on top a pile of dog shit and try to tell you how good it must taste? So what is the point of showing everyone how proud you are if you don't have anything to be ashamed of? Of course catholics know very little about shame.....

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