Mustard seeds, Author Dsaikia2015 (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)
Abuse is among the most depraved and destructive behaviors of which human beings are capable. Abuse actually warps victims’ reality, altering even the all too human tendency toward pride.
Known as one of the seven deadly sins , pride is a smug feeling of satisfaction at our own achievements – achievements made possible only by the blessings (talents, opportunities, etc.) bestowed on us by God.
Pride has special bearing, in a spiritual sense:
- Secular humanists emphasize the value of human beings, apart from a deity. According to this worldview, mankind is gradually advancing, through its own efforts.
- Christians have a different viewpoint. Believers see themselves as unworthy, but infinitely valued. This derives not from their accomplishments, but their relationship to God. Incapable of changing mankind’s sinful nature, believers are saved from sin by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
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