A Study of "Pride"

During "pride month," Christians ought to study the Bible to get the Word of God on the proud feeling and the sodomite lifestyle celebrated during the month.  There you will learn why only your Enemy would tell you to be proud or practice the sodomite lifestyle. 

Proverbs About Pride

By dedicating a month to it, the world would have you believe the proud feeling is a virtue or essential for mental health.  In contrast, the book of Proverbs warns us not to feel proud:

"The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance,  the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I do hate." Proverbs 8:13

"When pride comes, then comes dishonor; but with the humble there is wisdom." Proverbs 11:2

"Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom."  Proverbs 13:10

"The mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them."  Proverbs 14:3

"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling." Proverbs 16:18

"A person's pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor."  Proverbs 29:23

Following Proverbs, Christ regarded pride as an evil that defiles a person:

"That which comes out of the person, that is what defiles the person.  For from within, out of the hearts of people, come the evil thoughts, acts of sexual immorality, thefts, murders, acts of adultery, deeds of greed, wickedness, deceit, indecent behavior, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.  All these evil things come from within and defile the person." Mark 7:20-23 (NAS).

Contrary to what the modern materialist world would have you believe, pride is not a strength or virtue, it is a weakness, because it is a falsehood-based feeling.  Pride comes when one regards oneself as good or special, worthy of some honor.  But the fact is, no man is good:

"As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do so that I may inherit eternal life?' But Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.'" Mark 10:17-18.

If Christ was not good, no man is good.  Everyone of us falls short of good.  

Moreover, no one is self-created.  Not only whatever value I have to offer others but my very life itself is given to me, and may be taken at any time, by God.  I have no legal right to be proud of any of my God-given characteristics, since I did not create them; nor do I have a right to be proud of any accomplishments because everything "I" have and everything "I" accomplish is with the help of others and by the grace of God.  Ultimately I do and own nothing in this world, except by the grace of God, as I will leave it all behind at death.  Thinking otherwise is truly a delusion.

"Do not love the world nor the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God continues to live forever."  1 John 2:15-17

In essence, a proud one is a pretender; he pretends he is of himself worthy of esteem, the esteem due only to God. Thus pride is a result of violating God's first commandment (Have no other gods before the One and Only God, Yahweh). 

God gave his Word:

"And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass."  Leviticus 26:19

The proud, those full of themselves, are promised that their land will be made like brass,  which means land hard as metal, not able to support life.  

That appears to be the fate coming upon proud America.  This article was published in the Economist right in the middle – the 15th – of "pride" month, June, 2021:  

Does that earth look like brass?  The article starts off:

"AMERICA’S WESTERN states are burning—again. After an extremely dry 2020 and a spring heatwave, fires are blazing across the south-west. Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, hit its lowest-ever water level on June 9th. Utah’s governor recently invited his constituents to “pray for rain”. Drought and wildfire are perennial characteristics of the American West, but in the past year conditions have worsened dramatically. Is the region experiencing a megadrought? 

"The definition of megadrought varies, but it is usually understood to be a multi-decade period of intense aridity. Jason Smerdon, a paleoclimatologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, says the defining feature of a megadrought is its length. Because the current drought can be traced back to 2000, Mr Smerdon suggests it is an 'emerging megadrought.' But that is not to understate its severity. "

That article refers to research claiming the megadrought is a consequence of 'anthropogenic global warming' while at the same time stating that there was a more severe megadrought in the late 1500s, which can't be blamed on 'anthropogenic global warming.'    

The interesting thing here is that man himself is at the center of the "scientific" hypothesis for this megadrought.  Man is the alleged cause and man is the alleged solution.   "We know we made this happen by our own efforts, and we know we can fix it by our own efforts."  

Genesis tells the story of how Adam-kind fell out of God's Kingdom the moment he believed that he could himself know what is good and what is evil while ignoring or dismissing God's command.   When Eve ate what was forbidden, she did what seemed right in her own eyes; when Adam ate the same, he also did what seemed right in his own eyes.  They had the pride of knowledge; they believed that they knew enough and even better than God what was right to do.  Since then, fallen mankind ignores God's command and most men do what they think is right in their own eyes, without regard for what God deems right.  It is a fatal flaw of pride in the illusion of knowing.  

"You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes."  Deuteronomy 12:8

Thus,  pride of knowledge consists in believing that you can under your own human power alone know what is good and what is evil – as if you yourself were an omniscient god.  The scientists who blame the megadrought on anthropogenic global warming have this pride of knowledge about them.  They say "we know" when they don't.  They aren't omniscient, so they don't know what they don't know about the earth's climate and influences upon it.  They think they've accounted for everything, which is unlikely because no man nor group of men is omniscient.  Their hypothesis is not certain knowledge, but an educated guess, and one that can't account for the megadrought of the late 1500s.  The only way to prove their hypothesis is for man to attempt to control the CO2 content of the atmosphere,  to prove that reducing that gas in fact returns the soil to fertility.  The scientists have not yet proven that human activity primarily determines the gas content of the atmosphere, let alone that changes in human activity can materially alter it. They entertain delusions of god-like powers.

Unfortunately, believing in our own 'knowledge' and 'science' we ignore God's laws governing agricultural use of land.  More than 3000 years ago, God commanded that all farmers give the land we cultivate a sabbath (rest) every seventh year and jubilee every 50 years (Leviticus 25:1-7).  Thus, the Bible prescribes principles governing what some more enlightened farmers now call "regenerative agriculture."  Those principles allow the soil to recover from cropping and sustain its fertility.  

Instead of following God's agricultural laws (Reign of God), modern "scientific" agriculture employs synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to force the land to produce crops year after year.  This promotes progressive topsoil loss, which results in the land being unable to retain water, which results in desertification:  the land turns to brass.  Under the Reign of Science, man's pride of knowledge, croplands lose topsoil at a rate 10-40 times the rate of replenishment, according to a Cornell University study.  

Far from being outdated, the agricultural knowledge in the Bible is still ahead of the godless, materialistic agricultural 'science' that rapes the land year after year, causing topsoil loss, aquifer depletion, and megadroughts.  But atheism and our pride of knowledge keeps us from obeying the Biblical agricultural laws.  

A megadrought is certainly a curse (as opposed to a blessing).  God promised He would turn our earth like unto to brass if His Israelites would not obey his commandments, and has kept His promise.  I do not believe we will escape this curse until our thoughts about it revolve around God and His Will rather than around ourselves.   God has given His Word that He will turn the land of a disobedient and sinful people to brass, regardless of their carbon emissions. 

"Righteousness exalts races, but vice destroys the nations."  Proverbs 14:34

The I in Sin is the I in Pride

The central letter of "sin" is "I."

The central letter of "pride" is "I."  

Pride is the attitude of a someone full of himself, or, in other words, a selfish one: some one who thinks primarily or only of himself.

Sin is the transgression of the Law, which is disobedience to God's Law/Will/Commands, or in one word, lawlessness (1 John 3:4). 

What law?  God's Law – including the Statutes and Judgments – which Our Lord Jesus Christ declared is in effect forever (contrary to claims of some lying preachers).  

"Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.  For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter shall pass from the Law, until all is accomplished."  (Mathew 5:17-18)

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."  John 14:6

Based on these Words, if you believe that the Law is no longer in effect, then you must also believe either 1) that Christ was a liar (not the truth) or 2) that heaven and earth have already passed away.  

  • If you believe (1) then you are an antichrist denying that Christ was the Truth in the flesh.  ("He is antichrist that denies the Father and the Son." 1 John 2:22; see also 1 John 4:3).  
  • If you believe (2) you are cognitively incompetent and unworthy of consideration.  

Jesus did not come to nullify the Law, he came to fulfill and accomplish it, that is, to carry it out or in a word, execute it as the Supreme Executive of His Kingdom.  He came to replace the kingdom of man (under the influence of Satan) with the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  Yes, on Earth.  That's why the Romans persecuted Christians (but not other religions), and should be obvious from the second line of the prayer He recommended:  

"Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

The Kingdom of Heaven already is in force in Heaven; the Christian duty is to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth by doing the Will of the Father.  Where do we find the Will of the Father?  In the Father's Will and Testament, where He told His children – the Israelites – His Will or Commandments for them.  Those Commandments are God's Word, Will and Law.

Now God's Law clearly states that the lifestyle advocated during "pride month" is an abomination, and those who commit sodomy shall be put to death:

"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lie with with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Leviticus 20:13

This Law was in effect from the beginning (as shown below, it is a Natural Law).  God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the wickedness of their people including specifically widespread violation of this Law (Genesis 18-19).  

Contrary to claims of some liars, Jesus did not do away with this Law by His death and resurrection.  The New Testament also states that those who commit these acts of "pride" (pure selfishness) will not inherit the Kingdom of God:

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves.  Neither those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God.”  1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior, idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”  Galations 5:19-24

Proof the "Pride" Lifestyle Kills

By God's Law, the wages of sin are disease and death (Genesis 2-3; Leviticus; Deuteronomy; Romans 6:23).   Death is not merely a physical condition; those who are cut off from God by sin are morally and spiritually dead although physically walking about (the walking dead).  

"When you were dead in your wrongdoings and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our wrongdoings...."  Colossians 2:13

An unrepentant sinner is by his lifestyle cut off from the Tree of Life; this results in more rapid physical degeneration, manifesting as waning vitality, mental and physical disease, and premature death. 

Antichrists will claim that sodomy is harmless because "natural" – even animals do it, they say – so there is no reason or evidence that the "pride" lifestyle is harmful.  Shortly I will show that they lie, just like the Snake who told Eve "surely you will not die." 

But before I do, note that they think mankind should imitate the behavior of beasts below him, while Christians aim to imitate God above.   Who teaches his children to aim low rather than high, to aim to beastly behavior rather than a higher calling?

Now for the proof.  Note that Christians are commanded not to blind faith, but to prove all things.

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Jesus taught us:

"Beware of false prophets.  They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.  Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?  Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit."  Mathew 7:15-17

If the sodomite lifestyle is good, it should bear good fruit, or blessings; if it is bad, it will bear bad fruit, or curses.

God promised blessings – health, strength, prosperity, fertility and longevity – to people who seek Truth and follow His commands, and curses in the forms of disease, weakness, poverty, infertility, and death to those who disobey (Deuteronomy 28).   

If sodomy is harmless because "natural" then those who do it should typically be at least as healthy, happy, prosperous, fecund and longevous as those who do not.

If God's Law against sodomy is in fact a Natural Law still in effect, then we should find on the contrary that sodomites typically suffer from more disease, unhappiness, poverty, infertility and shorter lives than heterosexuals. 

As a matter of fact, those who practice promiscuity and sodomy are cursed with exceptionally high rates of disfiguring sexually transmitted diseases, cancers, mental diseases and short lifespans compared to heterosexuals.  Here I just scratch the surface:

  1. Promiscuity  increases the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among promiscuous birds, proving that it is a violation of God's Natural Law:  Aldo Poiani, Colin Wilks, Sexually Transmitted Diseases: A Possible Cost of Promiscuity in Birds?, The Auk, Volume 117, Issue 4, 1 October 2000, Pages 1061–1065, https://doi.org/10.1093/auk/117.4.1061
  2. Promiscuity increases the prevalence of depression.  Mendle, J., Ferrero, J., Moore, S. R., & Harden, K. P. (2013). Depression and adolescent sexual activity in romantic and nonromantic relational contexts: A genetically-informative sibling comparison. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122(1), 51–63. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029816
  3. Promiscuity increases the prevalence of substance abuse. Ramrakha S, Paul C, Bell ML, Dickson N, Moffitt TE, Caspi A. The relationship between multiple sex partners and anxiety, depression, and substance dependence disorders: a cohort study. Arch Sex Behav. 2013;42(5):863–872. doi:10.1007/s10508-012-0053-1
  4. Sodomy increases the prevalence of violence, promiscuity, substance abuse, physical and mental disease in young people. CDC data show that teen agers who engage in lesbian, gay and bisexual behavior or are uncertain of sexual orientation are in comparison to heterosexuals at substantially (200-700%) increased risk for forced sexual activity (rape); sexual violence; sexual dating violence; physical dating violence; feeling sad or hopeless; seriously considering suicide; making a suicide plan; attempting suicide; making a suicide attempt resulting in injury, poisoning or overdose requiring medical treatment; trying cigarette smoking; using cigarettes; cocaine use; heroin use; methamphetamine use; ecstasy use; hallucinogenic drug use; steroid use; injection of illegal drugs; illegal drug trades and transactions on school property; sexual intercourse before age of 13; sexual intercourse with 4 or more people. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2017: <https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/ss/ss6708a1.htm?s_cid=hy-yrbs2017-mmwr>
  5. "Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)...are disproportionately impacted by syphilis, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)."  <https://www.cdc.gov/std/life-stages-populations/msm.htm>
  6. STD rates are increasing, and "Young people and gay and bisexual men continue to face the greatest risk of becoming infected with an STD, and there continue to be troubling increases in syphilis among newborns."  <https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2016/std-surveillance-report-2015-press-release.html>
  7. "Men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for the majority of new gonorrhea and P&S syphilis cases (82 percent of male cases with known gender of sex partner). Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea may be higher among MSM." <https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2016/std-surveillance-report-2015-press-release.html>
  8. "Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are 17 times more likely to get anal cancer than heterosexual men. Men who are HIV-positive are even more likely than those who do not have HIV to get anal cancer." <https://www.cdc.gov/msmhealth/STD.htm>
  9. Compared to heterosexuals, homosexual men are 3 times more likely to have major depressive disorder and 4.7 times more likely to meet the criteria for a panic disorder.  Lesbian and bisexual women are about twice as likely as heterosexual women to meet the criteria for at more than one mental-emotional disorder. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4197971/> 
  10. Life expectancy of homosexuals is 20 years less than that of the heterosexual population. <https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/yet-another-study-confirms-gay-life-expectancy-20-years-shorter>  Click on the image below to read the original research.

It goes without question that homosexuals or bisexuals can't produce offspring via their same-sex relationships, hence are infertile; and if they carry STDs these increase the risk of congenital damage to offspring.  Hence even if the sodomite does not suffer a premature physical death, without viable progeny he  dies to the next generation, whereas those who raise healthy progeny live on, through their children.

This data shows that even if sodomy is "natural" for some non-human animals (a proposition never proven), it definitely is not natural for humans.  Sodomy is without question an unclean lifestyle that cuts one off from the Tree of Life, breeding physical, mental, and social disease and degeneration.*   

Yes, as God's Word warns, those who choose the lifestyle of "pride" will surely die morally, spiritually, mentally and physically, and never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Pride goes before the fall.  God will not be mocked.  

Fortunately the Lord has given us the remedy for pride:   Repent and be baptized**  in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38).

NOTE:

* Now ask yourself, how did Moses know that, along with many other advanced health and hygiene laws given in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, several thousand years ago, if not by Divine revelation as he reported?   

** Baptism means full immersion in water.

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