Love of Self
Sabbath School Lesson 2018 Quarter 1 Lesson 1 Wednesday
Read first paragraph,
“God said, “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor” (Ezek. 28:17, NKJV). Lucifer deceived himself, thinking he was greater than he really was. When he said in his heart, “I will be like the Most High” (Isa. 14:14, NKJV), he revealed self-ambition, claiming rights that he did not have. Self-deception and self-ambition were two traits of Lucifer’s fallen heart.”
What does it tell you that Lucifer said “I will be like the Most High” and then did what He did?
That he deceived himself in regard to God’s true character—if he really wanted to be like God what would he have done? He would have humbled himself for the benefit of others, not sought to promote himself—remember Philippians 2.
Read last paragraph,
“Paul instructs Timothy to beware of many bad kinds of people (2 Tim. 3:1-5), including “lovers of money” (NKJV). This love of money can encourage overconfidence and a grandiose attitude of self-absorption and conceit. This is because materialism imbues people who have great possessions with an inflated sense of importance. It’s easy, when one has a lot of money, to think more highly of oneself than one should. After all, everyone wants to be rich, but only a very few make it. Hence, it is easy for the rich to become self-absorbed, proud, and boastful.”
Lovers of money is one manifestation of selfishness—are there others that are less noticeable?
What about those who love to be most modestly dressed—never wear make up, never use products on their hair—because they pride themselves in their modesty, would never wear jewelry and look down upon those who do.
What about those who are like this:
The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ Luke 18:11,12
He’s giving his tithe, he’s not in love with money—is this guy righteous?
Can self be the center in ways that are Christian accepted?
What is the most destructive forms of evil—the Satanist cult worshipper, or the Christian who professes Christ, but remains selfish in heart?
The book People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck, examines the question of human evil and exposes the evil that masquerades as righteousness among us.
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