Category Archives: Self-deception

People who want to feel important

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them … or they do not see it, or they … Continue reading

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Are we really seeking God?

  “We confuse two similar yet different human actions. We see people searching desperately for peace of mind, relief from guilt, meaning, and purpose to their lives, and loving acceptance. We know that ultimately these things can only be found in … Continue reading

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A connection you must make

Have you ever made the connection between Romans 12:2 and 12:3? It’s somewhat unexpected but absolutely essential to spiritual transformation. Notice the connection: v. 2 – “be transformed by the renewing of your mind (your way of thinking)” v. 3 – … Continue reading

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Progress or Decline?

Was the outcome of the election a sign of progress or decline? I still recall the over-the-top grieving of some of my friends when George Bush beat John Kerry in 2004.  It resembles some of the current responses to Obama’s re-election.
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The dignity and worth of human beings

Viktor Frankl endured three years of anguish in the Auschwitz concentration camp. After his rescue, he became a professor of Psychiatry and Neurology in the University of Vienna. Frankl recounted his horrific experiences and some lessons to be learned in his book, … Continue reading

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The history of evil

The ambition of an angel led to the suspicion of Eden (that the best life is outside of the will of God not within it). This led to the delusion of self-rule (which only resulted in bondage to sin and death). The cycle continues — ambition, suspicion, delusion, death.

Creation took its first turn toward disaster when the ambition of angles incited a revolt against the Creator. It was a delusional and arrogant bid for autonomy.

How irrational for a created being to think of autonomy as a possibility! The only real option for created beings is dependence. It’s a delusional and dangerous fantasy for creatures to make a bid for self-rule and self-determination. Continue reading

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Is self-love our greatest need?

So how do you feel about yourself? How’s your self-esteem?  Do you have a good self-image? Answers to these questions have become prominent concerns of education, psycho-therapy, counseling and parenting. One writer suggested that, “Feeling good about ourselves may in … Continue reading

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