Is pride, arrogance, and ego the reason why repentance is ultimately difficult for people to repent?
Can one “Die To Oneself” if you repent and seek forgiveness from the sins of pride, arrogance, and ego?
I know love for one’s sinful state keeps a person from being able to repent. So pride,…
Dying to oneself refers to putting your own wants and desires on hold and unselfishly thinking of others first. Pride can be a good thing to some extent. It’s natural to feel proud of our accomplishments. People dress and groom themselves in order to look good when they go out in public. Pride is the number one of the Seven Deadly Sins referred to in Proverbs chapter 6. An example of this would be found in Isaiah 14 beginning at verse 12. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was so puffed up with pride that he thought he was equal to or greater than God. This is an example of sinful pride to the extreme. As a result, his kingdom was taken away from him and given to the Medes and the Persians.
And how does one repent of pride? If a person is that stuck on himself, he’s not going to care or even realize that he has a problem. A person is changed of that by God from the inside out when he comes to believe in Christ. This isn’t some conscious act that he does. This is not an overnight change, but something that happens gradually over a period of time. The person may not even be aware that he has changed. It’s something that comes from the heart out of a genuine desire to please God.
So, cupcake, you’re saying that anyone who doesn’t believe exactly what you believe is an unrepentant sinner filled with pride, arrogance, and ego.
Interesting that you miss the vast ego and arrogance it takes to make such a statement.
Darling Jackie is right – why don’t you ASK people why they don’t believe what you believe, rather than making stuff up about them and using that as an excuse to feed your superiority complex? That would be spiffy.
Logically, a person cannot die to self if that’s all there is, can they?
A Christian then is to have a ‘new spirit’, a ‘new creature’, and the ‘old creature’,
oh, yes, the one all entangled with all that stuff: jealousy, ego, vanity, vexation,
nastiness…such a long, well known list to so many of us, is what we die to,
We have to crucify it because it keeps on popping up again and again.
The new spirit is all about the fruit of the spirit, ‘rising above it all’,
seeing things from the Lord’s perspective, as if we are already
‘sitting in heavenly places’ with Him. Only then can I do these things,
and I forget this often enough, too, and when I don’t do this, there are
losses and I may even be hurting others.
Theology is too deep.
The phrase die to oneself reminds me about the quote where Jesus said you have to lose your life to keep it. I mean, if you didn’t love living then why would you want eternal life. Another verse He says you have to hate your life to be His follower. And so again, why should we desire it eternally? A lot of people don’t. The atheists talk about contradictions in the bible, why don’t they talk about the contradictions in Jesus’ teachings, if they’re so smart. The father is greater than all, i and the father are one. George Cantor confronted that one, an came up with set theory.
Dying to oneself is extremely difficult because it feels like one is losing their identity. No one wants to feel like a nothing, a no one. Yes pride is a sin because pride puts self first, often at the cost of hurting others. When you get good glimpses of it in others and in yourself you see how ugly it is.
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Wicked Man
12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 He winks with his eyes,
He shuffles his feet,
He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart,
He devises evil continually,
He sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly;
Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.
16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.
When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.
A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
That’s some of the whole point: putting to death your dark-side.
How does lack of evidence fly with you?
Sotp fckunig wtih my haed.