The most accepted sin: Pride

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  1. jcjordan

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    I've been thinking a lot about pride recently. Does it seem odd to anyone else that pride is often times commended as a good virture? How many times have we said "I'm proud of my children", or "You should be proud of yourself". During our Independence Day holiday, in many churches, we actually sing "I'm Proud to be an American"! Are these types of pride not sinful? I say they are.
     
  2. Amy.G

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    Yes. But I think it's because we use the word differently than God does in His word.
    I could be wrong, but I'm too proud to admit it.
     
  3. Tom Butler

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    I grew up in the South, where we regularly used "proud" when we meant "pleased."

    The perfect example--The Grand Ole Opry's Minnie Pearl, who always heralded her entrance on stage with "Howdeeee! I'm just proud to be here."

    I've also heard it used in praising someone. "I'm really proud of you," is actually meant to mean, "I'm really pleased with you (or your behavior, your accomplishment, your attitude, your progress).

    We run in to problems with "proud" when relate it to self-esteem. The scripture specifically warned us against thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. That was King Nebuchadnezzar's problem. He took credit for all his riches and power. God fixed that problem rather quickly (Daniel 4). Straightened him out pretty good.
     
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    Tom is right...

    Notice 1.c.:
    It is all in the definition.
     
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    I'm proud of Tinytim pointing that out.
     
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    Shucks....
     
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    I think examining the "feelings" behind the language will help. I used to say, "I'm proud of my kids," but I realized that what I really meant by that was that "I am grateful for my kids," so that is how I phrase it now. I think that's what most people mean, or "pleased with my kids" as another possible alternative. This feeling of pleasure is very different from the high-minded superiority that we find is sin in the Bible. Don't get caught up on the language...
     
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    Pride=A company of lions----------Hmmmmmmm!!!

    or as 1st Officer Spock would say

    "Fascinating":type:
     

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