Satan’s Pride

A recent post (not to mention newspaper headlines, newscasts, etc) What Is Wrong With People?, over at Texas Liberal prompted me to leave a comment there (link contains language).

Not only that but it recalled the words of South African pastor Andrew Murray (1828-1917) in his classic book, Humility:

[Eve’s] life and the life of the [human] race that sprang from her became corrupted to its very root with that most terrible of all sins and curses–Satan’s pride.

All the wretchedness of which this world has been the scene, all its wars and bloodshed among the nations, all its selfishness and suffering, all its vain ambitions and jealousies, all its broken hearts and embittered lives, with all its daily unhappiness, have their origin in what this cursed pride–our own or that of others–has brought upon us.

It is pride that made redemption necessary; it is from our pride that we need, above everything else, to be redeemed. And our insight into the need of redemption will largely depend upon our knowledge of the terrible nature of the power of pride that has entered our being.

Ironically enough, many who deny humanity’s need for redemption (much less the identity of the Only One through whom redemption is offered) and are perhaps even angered by the suggestion, are often the folks most upset with the ruined state this world has been in since the Fall.

Indeed, us human beings can be devilishly (and outside of God’s Grace) impossibly hard to please…

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2 Responses to Satan’s Pride

  1. j razz says:

    Great post Laz. Pride appears to be the root of every sin man has ever committed.

    C. J. Mahaney wrote a book called Humility that addresses this very issue and is a very humbling read indeed.

    j razz

  2. Laz says:

    J,
    You had previously suggested Mahaney’s book here, and I bought it shortly thereafter.

    In fact, I just read it this past week, and it was a humbling read.

    Thanks for recommending it.

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