Posted by Troy on 26th February 2012 in Human Nature

This is the final installment of the Seven Deadly Sins, and I saved the best for last.  They say that the root of all evil is greed.  It is not.  It is Pride.  Pride is the most deadly of the sins, and it is the one that dragged the highest of the angels, Lucifer, down to Hell.  A greedy man will seek more and more possessions, but a proud man will not be satisfied until he is the richest man in the world.  What most people mistake for vanity is actually pride.  A vain woman will spend hours every day on her appearance because she wants everyone to think she’s pretty.  A proud woman will think herself pretty and demand others agree.

Pride is the one sin that we are all guilty of but cannot abide in somebody else.  Sadly, someone who is totally devoid of all pride is a sad person as well.  However, I would say that one can know their worth, have self-confidence in their abilities, and not be proud.  For instance, a man may know that he can dead lift 600 pounds but have no inclination to show off this ability and feel proud of his strength, but he may quickly use his strength to lift a wooden beam that has fallen on somebody, knowing that he has the ability to do so.  If he is a humble man, he would probably say something to the effect that his strength is but a portion of God’s strength, given to him so that he could best do God’s will.

There are limits for all the other deadly sins.  There are only so many sexual partners someone can have.  There’s a limit to the amount of food someone can eat.  There is no limit to Pride.  In the endgame, one can be like Satan himself, rejecting God’s law and God’s will and supplanting their own, placing themselves in greater importance than even God.

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