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Seven Deadly Sins: Pride - The Mother of All Problems | April 16, 2023
Self-reliance, self-concern, and self-involvement are all national pastimes at this point. But what makes a fixation on being 'numero uno' so dangerous to our hearts? Join us as we look at the famous Seven Deadly Sins: Why we fall and how to get back up.
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Definition of Pride – Mayo Clinic

Pride is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance. They need and seek too much attention and want people to admire them. Pride erodes our ability to fully empathize with or care about the feelings of others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence, prideful people are not sure of their self-worth and are often terribly insecure.
Bonhoeffer Ethics: “Those who wish even to focus on the problem of a Christian ethic are faced with an outrageous demand-from the outset. They must give up as inappropriate their two most important ethical questions: 'How can I be good?' and 'How can I do something good?' Instead they must ask the wholly other, completely different question: 'What is the will of God?”
Richard Dawkins
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
C.S. Lewis – God in the Dock

The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man, the roles are quite reversed. He is the judge: God is on trial. The trial may even end in God’s acquittal. But the important thing is that man is on the bench and God is in the dock.”
Symptoms of Pride
1.You don’t think you struggle with Pride
2.You can’t see you own flaws; but everyone else has huge issues
3.You feel insecure much of the time
4.You think you are superior/you deserve the best
C.S. Lewis
Now what you want to get clear is that Pride is competitive by its very nature. Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone.”
5.Your relationships are Transactional