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Saturday, April 13, 2013

High Five Pride

Why do you think God hates pride so much? Why is he so jealous of his role as the only God in the universe? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1190).

My first response to this question is a little antagonistic. I say if someone has carefully planned, planted, and tended a beautiful garden; should they not justifiably take pride in it? I think they should, but it is very important how they define their role in the creation of it. For example I have been doing blogs now for several years and have posted over 1000 of them. Perchance a few of them may be remarkable in some way or other and achieve a measure of excellence. Naturally I take some pride in these blogs. However, I never have nor will define my role as “author” or “creator”. First off, I have been blessed with many resources throughout my life many of them contributed by others. Because of the frailty of my memory, I may not have attributed an idea to its true source. But this is only the start of it. When one looks at it head-on, it is silly and downright absurd to think that I deserve credit for any perception at all since the human brain has evolved over many eons. How can I possibly claim credit for any product dependent upon this extensive and essential chain of events? In a real sense I deserve absolutely no credit for my consciousness and awareness. That is why when I created a personal card with my blog address on it, I listed my role as that of “articulator.” What more can I possibly claim? And even “articulator” probably overstates my role in the matter. When we consider the vastness of the universe and its evolution over billions of years coming to our present point where on planet earth consciousness has arisen, how is it possible that anyone can take self-serving pride in anything at all? This is why I think God hates pride so much. It is absurdly and ridiculously boneheaded. It results in an attitude of entitlement that leads directly to arrogance, selfishness, greed, despoliation of the earth, and the traducing of all things holy.

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