Digging Deeper: DBA 4Posted by Donald Ballard on February 2, 2021 at 1:49 pm
Read the Digging Deeper article, “God’s ways above our ways,” in Lesson 3. Reflect on the idea of self-worship and our ethics (what should be; what we call right or wrong). What impact do you think this continues to have on a fallen world? Does pride vs. humility have anything to do with this struggle? Elaborate on your thoughts. Consider the condition of Israel during the period of the Judges. The inspired writer notes on a number of occasions, “…everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)
MemberFebruary 2, 2021 at 2:07 pm
I believe that the majority of people look at the world through a selfish perspective and base their moral system on what feels right to them personally. This results in greed and war because cruel people seek only their own gain instead of looking to promote God’s will. Pride is a large factor in this because prideful, self-centered people cannot be messengers of God because they are only willing to help and promote their own will and goals. And once someone takes God out of the equation they will never be able to do good in the world, because God is good and everything not involving Him is inherently evil. Also, as related to Judges 21:25, it is written in the Bible that everyone does what they believe to be right, however if they do not consult God on this matter they, as fallible humans, will eventually fail and fall into sin. The only way to ensure that someone achieves good is to allow God to work through them, so that they can help others and not act solely to help themselves.
MemberFebruary 2, 2021 at 2:12 pm
I believe that self-worship has a huge impact on our ethics. People often think that if it feels right, it’s not wrong. In response to that I would say that serial killers quite enjoy murder, but we believe that to be wrong. This is an extreme example but it makes my point that just because it feels good doesn’t mean it’s right and what feels right to one might be seen as wrong by another. There is no way to determine right and wrong for everyone using that line of thinking. Another way that self-worship impacts ethics is that sometimes people will determine the severity of of another’s actions by judging how likely it is that they themselves would do the same. People do this because they don’t want to condemn someone for something they might want to do. It’s perfectly fine to put someone in jail for cannibalism because no one wants to do that but let’s debate just how bad drugs are because some people want to do them. This a bad system of ethics. It’s main goal is allowing people to not get in trouble and not to actually enforce good ethics. I think that pride vs humility definitely plays a role in self-worship and ethics. People don’t want to get in trouble for doing what they want. That’s understandable, a lot of people feel this way. The problem is when people don’t humble themselves and realize that this line of thinking is wrong, when they allow pride to guide them rather than actual ethics. We need to follow a code of ethics based on goodness rather than selfishness. Luckily for us, we have one given to us by the most selfless being of all: God. We have the 10 commandments as well as the all of the scripture in the Bible to guide us through right and wrong. However, we must have the humility to know God is right and follow Him rather than giving into pride and self-worship and chasing earthly pleasures.
- This reply was modified 3 years ago by Emily Voce.
MemberFebruary 2, 2021 at 6:44 pm
A lot of people look at the world as what do I want for my life. Some people want power some people want money and some both. People can be very greedy when they get money or power it isn’t enough they just want more and more no matter how much they really have they live a life not for God but for the things on earth. They “worship” material items as it’s all that they strive for. Pride vs. humility has a lot to do with this people would rather carry around pride than humility, people who only care for themselves and live for themselves. People like this don’t live for God they have to learn to let go or their own pride and live humbly for God. These people want power for themselves and more and more money for themselves. When the bottom line is that money and power won’t be at your grave, but God will. If we were to live how we saw fit and what feels right to us we would be steered in the wrong direction because of our own humanity. We don’t know what’s right for us nd that why we ask God and lean on him.
MemberFebruary 19, 2021 at 4:01 pm
I believe that our ethics reflects the person we are. Because if we don’t worship god then our ethics are not at what they should be. But if your ethics are correct and true then worshiping/pleasing god should be your main priority. Unfortunately in todays world, people but their faith/Christianity on the back burner. Meaning that they don’t see it as an immediate priority. Which is ethically wrong and will not strengthen your relationship with god. Pride is a very common thing in most people, i mean even i have my fair share of prideful moments as well. But we still shouldn’t let our pride oversee our relationship with god. It can absolutely impact your relationship with god because of the fact that if you are too prideful then you might see yourself as gods equal. Which is absolutely incorrect as god is perfect and humans can only strive to be so. Judges 21:25 is a popular verse because of how short and impactful it is. Stating that people might consider that their own ethics are correct even without consulting god. Which in it of its self is ethically wrong.
MemberFebruary 25, 2021 at 5:03 pm
People look at the world and think what do I want to do with the life I have. Most people only care about money or fame. People can be very greedy ands thats why they don’t live for God but for themselves. They worship what the have not what they have been given like the choice to do what is right and what is wrong. Pride vs. Humanity has to do with people like this who only care about themselves and there pride. People like this our hard to get to know God because they don’t take time out of their life to do anything but make money and praise themselves. That is the reason people like this may never come to know God and that is why people end up in hell.
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