Wednesday, 9 July 2014

How satan tempts us: Pride of Life (5)

Satan uses another devious, cunning technique to tempt people into sin. He uses the pride of life, which is spiritual pride, to tempt people into sin. This spiritual pride can be found in both the saved and the unsaved. One need not be able to see spiritual things, like the unsaved, to have spiritual pride. As long as one has a human spirit, one can fall into spiritual pride.

Spiritual pride is simply pride in oneself for who one is as a person. Pride is not merely an elevated view of oneself; it is a spirit and an attitude that one is well whether in the spiritual or moral sense. For one to think that one is right because one thinks so is an example of pride. The phrase "do what you think is right" is of the spirit of pride.

The pride of life is pride that one gains from how one chooses to live, or how one does live. Pride blinds oneself from one's own faults. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). Owing to its ability to make us blind to our own faults, and magnify the mistakes of others, pride causes one to be deluded. Such is the case with those who say that Christians are under a 'God delusion' for example. These atheists accuse Christians of being deluded to think that there is a God when they do know that God does exist, but pretend that He does not in their own unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).